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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Depression



Depression is all to common once someone is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I thought I'd share a little of what I know regarding my life and MS. I was diagnosed in January of 2010, leading up to that diagnosis I had difficulty walking and difficulty with my concentration. What I didn't think about at the time is that I also had an underlying depression that I attributed to lack of sleep and working a lot of hours. Upon diagnosis I was in my hospital room by myself when the neurologist bluntly told me, "You have MS". Regardless of age, regardless of physical prowess, being told such a thing is devastating to say the least. The next night at a time when I was by myself, again I started over-thinking and I just started crying and thinking to myself, "How am I going to do this?" "What have I done to my wife?" . Thankfully for me the attending neurologist popped in to check up on me and saw me crying, after a few questions he prescribed me a daily antidepressant. I mention all of this because an actor named Michael Showers who had been diagnosed with MS this past March was pulled from the Mississippi River this past week. As per the coroners office Mr. Showers had been dealing with depression. Instances like that remind me of why I try to do what I do. A diagnosis is not a death sentence, it's a very sad situation nonetheless for Mr Showers friends, family and fans. My condolences to them all. I sincerely hope that if someone reading this that is having difficulties and needs help that they seek it. I don't advocate for drugs being the only solution that was MY solution in this matter but please just let someone know.
read the E! online article here


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0795297/




Disclaimer: I am not trained in any way to diagnose or treat anything

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