I am a long term member but I went anonymous for this just in case one of my family members or friends who is on here happens upon this question ...
In the past 10 years, it has been one blow after another. The death of several close family members, two just this year alone. Devastating health news for my husband and job loss because of his severe health problems. Natural disaster that destroyed family keepsakes and heirlooms.
I have gone from active, showering every day, getting out of the house, involved with a few local volunteer groups to showering a few times a week and only going out when I have to go buy groceries. I have had my hair dye for about 4 months and have not used it yet (but that is good for my hair) and I have a serious gray streak showing.
I have no insurance (no, not even that ACA crap) because I just don't have the extra money. We are barely making our bills as it is. They are paid but nothing left. So no doctor. I do use natural supplements and for the last month or so I have been taking St. John's Wort (nature's prozac, right) but can't much of a difference. Anyway, aside from the afore mentioned losses, I have been going through peri-menopause for the last 5 years or so. You know - hot flashes, insomnia, huge clumps of hair coming out, mood swings from hell, and unpredictable periods (here, not here for 4 months, hell, not here - you get the idea).
I recognize that I have a problem but I really don't know what to do about it. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Asked by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Oct. 25, 2013 in Health
Answer by gdiamante at 9:43 AM on Oct. 25, 2013
Aww- hugs mama. That's a lot for anyone to have to go thru. I think it would get to anyone. The important thing is that you recognize it & want to help get yourself out of it. The combination of your hormones being out of whack & then adding some depression is a challenge when you don't have insurance. Can you call your local United Way (211) & get a referral for some counseling? How about forcing yourself to get out & take a walk. They say that exercise is a good way to lift your spirits b/c of the endorphines. Meet a friend for lunch or a walk in the park. They've also proven a girls' night out is good for the soul (Not kidding) Prayer or meditation could be helpful too. I hope you find what works for you. Oh, & don't forget the chocolate! :)
Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:40 AM on Oct. 25, 2013
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