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May 31, 2016

Ms Wei’s Depression Was A Combination of

  1. Decrease in hormone production due to menopause
  2. Recently retired
  3. Immigrating to another country
  4. Worrying about aging parents who were with health conditions

Around 2004 Ms Wei experienced her decrease in hormone production due to menopause. It was also in that year she retired from a long time service as a school administrator in Taiwan. It’d been her husband’s dream to immigrate to the United States when they were both retired and able to enjoy their retirement. However, Ms Wei’s father had several major surgeries in the recent years. The thought of moving to another country and leaving her aging parents behind gave her a lot of stress. 

What Helped Ms Wei Rid Of Depression

  1. Sought medical advice; worked with her doctors to find the sources of depression; followed instructions regarding medication and dosage.
  2. Support from her husband plus positive energy from the nature.
  3. Her own persistence wanting to get better.

To fight depression, Ms Wei considered herself very lucky because she got help from 3 sources. The first one was professional advice. One of her students was a counseling psychologist and gave her a lot of help. A friend also recommended another excellent doctor to her. She got to understand why she got sick and always followed instructions when taking her medicine.

Her husband was her greatest support ever when fighting the depression. He devoted himself to help her. He talked with her and dragged her out of the house. They spent considerable time taking short walks in their lovely neighborhood every day. He planned short and long trips and took her to places she enjoyed. The natural beauty helped her tremulously.

The most important source of her recovery from depression was herself. Ms Wei has always been a doer. It was no exception in this case. She did not allow herself hind inside the house or away from help. She forced herself to follow doctor’s order and cooperate with her husband. And her effort paid. 

Suggestions From An Ex-Depression Patient 1. Depression is a sickness like any other physical illness. There is no need to feel shame about it. Face it, find the right methods to deal with it (combination of medicine and dosage, support from family and friends, strength from oneself), get better and then rid of it.

  1. Insight into depression. There are some commonalities associated with depression but each and every person has his or her own unique experiences. A couple of Ms Wei’s symptoms were feeling extremely tired and had no strength to do anything.
  2. Do NOT stop taking medicine without consulting your doctor. When you get better and wish to reduce dosage, consult your doctor first on how the best and safest way. Ms Wei took 3 kinds of pills and 2 each in the beginning. She got better 2-3 years later, per doctor’s instruction, she cut back only half a pill of each kind and stayed that way for a year before further reduction. Now she takes only half a pill that helps her sleep.
  3. Seek support from family members and friends. Do NOT try to face it alone.
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