Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Depression Awareness and Giveaway

I've noticed a lot of Mom bloggers are feeling blue lately. I'm not sure why, but I know I have been witnessing some posts that make me worry. I am not a doctor, but I have had my share of mental health issues in the past. My first experience with depression came after having my son 15 years ago. It was both the best and worse time of my life. I had never experienced depression before and it took a while before I realized something was wrong.

My husband, at the time, was a manager of a restaurant and worked from 4 pm until 4 am – almost every night. I had a tough pregnancy and was on strict bed rest for almost 6 months. By the time I had my son I had gained over 100 lbs. and my muscles had atrophied. I was miserable. I could barely walk. I was tired and overwhelmed by becoming a parent. Although I didn't want to hurt myself or my son, I did want to go to sleep and never wake up. I cried. I cried more. And finally, when my son was two weeks old I couldn't stand it anymore. I walked into the restaurant/bar where my now ex-husband worked with my baby, put him down in the middle of the aisle, and turned around and walked out. I was tired. I was sad. I was overwhelmed. I couldn't care for myself or my son. I went home and slept.

The next morning when I woke up I immediately called the doctor and explained what happened the night before. He had me come in right away. I started on anti-depressants that day and SLOWLY life became more bearable. No one in my family recognized my symptoms. It wasn't until I couldn't function that I realized I needed help. (side note: My son was fine when I left him in the middle of the restaurant. One of my friends was a waitress there and a mom. She got the night off, paid – and took the baby home so I could get some sleep. Thank you Tammy, wherever you are.)

I was able to get off the meds by the time my son turned 1, but 4 years later when my husband left me I had another attack. This time I realized the symptoms right away and although things were tough – I muddled my way back to "normalcy" two years later.

Some of my personal warning signs:

I felt lazy and tired.
I would go all day with no shower (yes - that is so gross!)
I was tired.
Did I mention that I was tired?
Did I mention that I got really lazy?
And yes, I cried.

Here are some other warning signs:

Loss of interest in normal activities
Feeling hopeless
Problems sleeping
Trouble focusing or concentrating
Difficulty making decisions
Unintentional weight gain/loss
Easily annoyed
Loss of interest in sex
Unexplained physical problems – headaches/backpain

Three years after meeting my New and Improved DH we decided to have a baby. My doctor recommended I go on anti-depressants as soon as my son was born due to my history. SMART! Although I felt mildly depressed after birth the meds kicked in quick and it was a relatively easy time for me.


Depression and Manic Depression are very serious. They can be life threatening in some cases. You may know someone who needs your help and might not even realize it. There are some great resources out there and I encourage you to click on some of these links, if not for yourself – for someone who might need your help.

Depression.com
National Institute of Mental Health
MayoClinic


I want to note: symptoms of depression in small children can be very different from that of an adult. For instance, children might have bouts of anger. Please consult your physician if you think you or your child may be suffering from depression.


Now, on a lighter note:


Giveaway:



1st Place: Zebra Tote from Sweet Boutique, "Joy for a Woman's Soul Promises to Refresh Your Spirit" book from Momonamission, Necklace from Sweet Boutique

2nd Place: $20 Giftcard from Bath & Body Works from Mammadawg and Necklace from Sweet Boutique


3rd Place: Pimpernal coasters from maryambro1 and Necklace from Sweet Boutique


There are 5 possible entries per person. The first entry requirement is to visit any one of the following sponsors: Sweet Boutique, Mammadawg, Momonamission, or Maryambro1 then come back here and tell me something that caught your eye. You can gain up to 4 entries doing this but you must visit a different sponsor for each entry. The 5th possible entry is selfless. You can enter the name (first name is fine) of a friend you feel could use some cheering up. If that name is chosen, they win! Please leave a way for me to contact you!


You don't have to follow me on twitter. You don't have to follow my blog. You don't have to rate me on technorati. You don't have to do anything for me. This is for you, because you are special and I care about you! Winner will be chosen by Random.org. Giveaway closes on March 7th at Noon, EST.Giveaway is now closed...winner to be posted later...thanks. You are all so special.

132 comments:

Renee' Simmons said...

Crystal Cupcake Necklace at Sweet Boutique! But seeing that Me Myself & I necklace and the theme of your contest made me think of myself.

Renee' Simmons said...

I thought Maryambro1 had great variety of unique items at her eBay store!

Renee' Simmons said...

I thought Mammadawg had a great blog with great contests!

silverhartgirl said...

From Sweet Boutique I liked Inspired Loving Heart Pendant Necklace.
this is a very nice giveaway.
thank you for sharing your story.

Renee' Simmons said...

I thought Mom on a Mission had great content to help others while she enjoys what she does!

Renee' Simmons said...

Lysa

Marcia said...

From Sweet Boutique, I love the Chocolate Dolman Sleeve Tunic

Marcia said...

Marcia (me, if you check out a few of my last entries at my blog, you can see why)

silverhartgirl said...

At Mama Dawg I liked her blog and her giveaways. She had a lot of nice bracelets

silverhartgirl said...

Momonamission found some great walgreen deals and then she shared them. lote of great deals on her blog

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Thank you for writing about how depression has affected your life. I think it's important that we talk about it so others don't feel quite so overwhelmed and alone in their feelings. My father suffered with depression for ... well the whole time I knew him at least, quite badly too. I have to be very aware of my emotions and speak up when I feel like I might be "slipping" into it.

I like the marble ring at the sweet boutique here:
http://www.sweetbtq.com/product/119991/Marble-Circular-Ring_553120.html

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I think the vintage open salt collection @ maryambro1 is cute! I've seen similar items antique shopping.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Lovely-Vintage-Open-Salt-Collection_W0QQitemZ120378870693QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCollectible_Tableware?hash=item120378870693&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A4|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I'll name Laura, but I have no way of knowing how to get something to her if she were to win, sadly. Maybe she'd send me her mailing address if I promised I wasn't a crazy person ;)

Believer said...

Excellent post! Thanks for sharing your heart and the journey to normalcy after baby. As a first time mother in 2004, I wasn't depressed but it certainly was an adjustment, and dare I say…a culture shock.

Thanks for giving moms something to smile about with these great giveaways.

Sweet Boutique has darling Cat Print Coin Purses in 6 prints on clearance for $3.00 ea.

Believer said...

MammaDawg has great giveaways.

Believer said...

Momonamission shared links to Borders and Michaels coupons.

Believer said...

Maryambro1 is selling 16 Bars Assorted High End Soap from Crabtree & Evelyn.

Believer said...

I name Single Mommy who is in search of finding the right car within her budget. She's been without one for more than a few weeks, and winning could cheer her up. The necklace is so her, and I hope she wins! :D

Celeste said...

From Sweet Boutique:
Crystal Cupcake Necklace.

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

From Mammadawg:
She's got some sweet giveaways! :)

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

From Mom on a Mission:
Great $ saving tips. :)

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

From Mary Ambro:
antique hat pin

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

Nichola said...

I like Sweet Boutique's Caution Tape Scarf!

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

The Leaf Detail Dangle Earrings at Sweet Boutique are lovely.

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

The XOXO Cherries handbag and wallet at Maryambro1 are really cute!

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

From MammaDawg, the Amelie bracelet giveaway is awesome.

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I like Mom on a Mission's compilation post about freebies, deals and giveaways. it's nice to find everything listed in one place!

TheLittleFrog said...

Oh, I love the small Crystal Cupcake Necklace over at Sweet Boutique!!! So yummy!

TheLittleFrog said...

Mammadawg has interesting articles and great giweaways!!!

TheLittleFrog said...

Momonamission's blog is interesting - a lot of free stuff!!! Great source how to save money:)

TheLittleFrog said...

Oh, I like five Antique Vintage Hat Pins Hatpins Maryambro1 is offering!!! I love everything vintage:)
majgot@yahoo.com

Beth said...

From Sweet Boutique I liked the crystal handcuff bracelet

Beth said...

From Mammadawg I liked the amelie bracelet

Beth said...

Mom on a Mission had so many good tips and I was amazed at how many good deals she got

Beth said...

From maryambro1 I liked the peach body soak and lotion

Beth said...

I have a friend Doris who has been sick a lot this winter and could use cheering up

Joy said...

From Sweet Boutique, the Crystal Eiffel Tower Necklace and Earring Set is my favorite.

Also, bless your heart for having this giveaway and even more for being concerned for others in this way. ((hug))

Joy said...

From MammaDawg I am awed and stunned by the gorgeous choker from Archeress Arts.

Joy said...

From MomOnAMission, her post with all the freebies in it from Monday is most excellent!

Joy said...

From Maryambro1's eBay auctions, her auction for Five Antique Vintage Hat Pins Hatpins made me do a double take!

Joy said...

My blog friend Angie is the first person who came to mind when I thought about someone who could use some good cheer. :o)

momma said...

thank you for your post.

from sweet boutique, i like the Fashionista Oversized Sunglasses

momma said...

my friend leah is who i'd like to nominate for one of these gifts

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

From Sweet Boutique, there is SO MUCH that catch my eye! Literally, everything. But the first thing that caught my attention was the Onyx Circular Ring.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

From MammaDawg, the giveaways catch my eye!!

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

From Momonamission, the free movie codes are great! The Shop n' save deals too!!

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

And from Maryambro1, the black evening bag looks really cute!

And I'd like to say thanks for this giveaway!

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

And my friend, Michelle, could use some cheering up.

Betty said...

On Sweet Boutique: I like the Longchamp Le Pliage folding handbag-Medium
http://www.sweetbtq.com/product/58198/Longch-Le-Pliage-Folding-Handbag--Medium_414480.html

Betty said...

On Mammadawg: I like the amelie-bracelet
http://www.mammadawg.com/2009/02/everglow-giveaway-15-amelie-bracelet.html

Betty said...

On Mom on a mission 2008: I really enjoyed looking through all the great deals she has found and put together, especially the Target ones. :)
http://momonamission2008.blogspot.com/2009/02/target-deals-for-february-15-21.html

Betty said...

On Maryambro1 I like the Handpainted Old Hexagon Austrian sugar & creamer set, reminds me of my grandma. :)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Handpainted-Old-Hexagon-Austrian-Sugar-Creamer-Set_W0QQitemZ400031877319QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item400031877319&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A4%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Betty said...

My friend Erin could use a smile. :)

Diana D said...

http://www.sweetbtq.com/product/58190/Blouson-Sleeve-Tee_510176.htmlThis style was most attractive. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway,

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Diana D said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12589938 This was most attractive as were many of the others. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

auntrene said...

I went to the Sweet Boutique, I loved the Barbie Earrings, but then the Crystal Eiffel Tower Necklace and Earring Set caught my eye. I love it.
Thanks for the giveaway
auntrene.blogspot.com

Debbie L said...

Maryambro1 has a great collection of salt containers and a cute cat bag.

dlewis8664@gmail.com

Debbie L said...

I like the crystal seahorse necklace at Sweet Boutigue!

dlewis8664@gmail.com

Debbie L said...

Momonamission gives you lots a money saving deals and ideas!

dlewis8664@gmail.com

Veronica Lee said...

Thanks for sharing about your depression. I will share the links with a few people I know who are showing some of the signs.

The Dreamer said...

Love the Antique Style Bird Cage Necklace from Sweet Boutique

addeviant006 at gmail dot com

The Dreamer said...

love the little hearts and tree pendant on mamma dawg


addeviant006 at gmail dot com

The Dreamer said...

I would love to give this to my mom. I think she could use a smile.

thanks

addeviant006 at gmail dot com

Liza767 said...

Thanks so much for the oppurtunity! The thing that caught my eye was the Zip Detail Latex Look from the Sweet Boutique.
I hope you bring smiles to other Moms faces!

Michelle Kuo said...

I absolutely love the Asymetrical Striped Tunic at Sweet Boutique! Not to mention it's purple! And thanks for pointing out this online store to me, I LOVE everything I see there!

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Kuo said...

At Mamma Dawg I love all those giveaways! I can't believe I found out about this when it's already on the second to last giveaway for the Everglow thing! :/

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Kuo said...
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Michelle Kuo said...

I love how at Mom on a Mission it lets you find out about all those discounts and giveaways! Very convenient :)

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Kuo said...

At Maryambro1 I really like that black beaded evening bag :D

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com)

Michelle Kuo said...

Oh and I know my friend Ann Diana Dinh could really use some cheering up, she's been pretty down lately..

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

DEBIJOT said...

The Sweet Boutique - I liked the antique birdcage necklace.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Boutique - I love the crystal popsicle necklace

emilyring8@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Mamadawg has great giveaways!

emilyring8@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Momonamission has great deals

emilyring8@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Maryambro1 - I love the puffy heart necklace

emilyring8@yahoo.com

wendy said...

I love the cream lotus dress from sweet boutique

madamerkf at aol dot com

Tamra said...

I love all the deals on momonamission!

Tamra said...

The Zebra print scarf from Sweet Boutique would go great with the Zebra Bag. My 16 yo dd is in love with zebra prints right now.

Tamra said...

I am so jealous that MommaDawg is attending the Twilight Convention!!!

Tamra said...

I stopped by Maryambro1's ebay shop - I eyespied this great dress - New Tommy Bahama Wrap Dress Sz L 12/14.

Tamra said...

My 5th entry. Who would deserve these great prizes? My daughter - Kendra. I've been unemployed since August and it's definately changed the way our family had been living. With her being a Junior in High School, it's been stressful for her dealing with the reduced family income, keeping up her grades and figuring out what colleges we are going to look at next week. Add on the normal stresses a 16 year old has and I'd love to treat her to the Zebra Bag and Bath and Body items - I, I would love the jewelry for myself. :)

Pamela said...

I love the large crystal camera necklace I never go anywhere with out my camera....
I have suffered from depression for 6 years thanks for posting this, very important information

delaney55 said...

I follow Mammadawg and won a give away there. She is funny and a total Twilight groupie.

Shel said...

Sweet Boutique: I like the Straight Leg Gray Fold Over Pants. They look so comfy and stylish! Now that I've lost 30lbs, I think I'd actually look good in those and not like a sausage in a casing.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

MammaDawg: Hey there's some great giveaways there, too! I had to bookmark the site. And I have to smile...there's swear words on a mom-blog! Love it!!!!! I was beginning to think dropping a swear word was an unwritten mom-blog no-no.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Momonamission: Great freebies! I had to print the 40% off Borders coupon from her link...I was just thinking about going there this weekend to book shop. Great find!

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Maryambro1: Deadly giveaway because now I'm bidding on the Laurel Burch Tapestry Handbag.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I have six great online friends that I love and all of them could use a boost so it's hard to pick but I'd choose my friend Lindsay. Her husband is in the Air Force and has been deployed to Afghanistan and she's home with the most adorable toddler ever!! But I know she's lonely and could use a pick-me-up.

shel704 at aol dot com

Deborah said...

Thanks for sharing your own story of depression with us mums.

I have suffered from depression since I was a teenager and now my two sons are battling with it. My mother, my brother, my sister and who knows how many other relatives, have all had battles with depression - it appears to be an inherited condition in my family.

I would urge anyone who has the symptoms you describe get help immediately. As you rightly pointed out, depression can be a life threatening condition.

Ginny said...

Sweet Boutique ~ Crystal Handcuff Bracelet

Tamara B. said...

Sweet Boutique I just love her Crystal Cupcake Necklace
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

MammaDawg I love her personality,posts and she is a huge Twilight fan just like my daughter
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

Mom On A Mission I love her freebies she post they are fantastic.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

Thank-you for such a wonderful giveaway. I am so sorry you have been going through so much. These days it is not hard to get depressed. I hope you are on the mend and wishing you many many wonderful blessings.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Dina said...

I was very moved by your post. Thank you for sharing your story. I would like to nominate my friend S. as my first entry - she has been through a lot recently, and I feel she can use some cheering up. She does not know about it but if this entry wins, I will give her the prize.

Dina said...

Love the Turquoise Oval Ring at Sweet Boutique.

Dina said...

MammaDawg is hilarious! Gotta love those nicknames...

Dina said...

I like Mom on a Mission's mission: Working hard to promote a more thrifty society.

Dina said...

I like the Vera Bradley Nantucket Navy handbag Maryambro1 has for sale.

Anonymous said...

I love the twisted heart necklace from Sweet Boutique





k.spowell@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Mom on a Mission had some great saving advice.







k.spowell@yahoo.com

Debdesk said...

Please include me in your drawing. From From Maryambro1 I liked the peach body soak and lotion. I hope I win.

Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

Toni-Lynn said...

Hey Lisa, thanks for the post and giveaway. I had very bad postpartum with both of my boys. It never all goes away 100%!

I love the Crystal Popsicle Necklace from Sweet Boutique. Super Cute!

Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

Shade said...

I think...the worst thing you can do to a depressed person is tell them they should stop moping and get over their problems.
And I have friends(who have meds, and are depressed at certain times) who have told me to do this. Brilliant, eh? I beleive the exact quote was "well other people have problems and they're over theirs, so you need to just get over yours."
To all the people who think this way: IT. IS. IMPOSSIBLE. To just shut off depression like a light. Currently, I'm trying to manage my depression without meds(It's also not diagnosed--no one has outright said to me--"you're depressed"--I have, however, been told that I have an "attitude problem", and I fit all the classic symptoms. Focusing/Concentrating is REALLY hard, especially when I have to write essays and do classwork. Also it's really difficult to drag myself out of bed a lot of days. I just want to stay in it and sleep the day away--I do that a lot on weekends when I'm not busy. Also, like you mentioned, I skip showers.)
I follow a brilliant writer on devart who suffers from depression as well. She writes some of the most amazing horror stories I've ever read.
I'm not going to put my name in, I'm going to put in a friend of mine's though, Her name is Colby. Like the Cheese. She has a cat named Jack.

Shade said...

Also, you can click on my blogger name and it'll bring you to my blogger page, it has my email.

independentmami said...

At Sweet Boutique I love the Belted Pinstripe Top. I can wear it to work and dress it down on a nite out.

independentmami said...

At MAMADAWG..I loved reading the blog Feb242009 Meeting Kellan Lutz. How cool!

independentmami said...

At MOMONAMISSION I loved reading and learning how to save..$33.84 Worth of 11 items for $.54 Profit!!! I have been trying to learn the tricks of the trade.

independentmami said...

At MARYAMBRO1 on ebay I saw alot of great buy just like this one...http://cgi.ebay.com/Puffy-Glass-Heart-Necklace-on-Black-Ribbon_W0QQitemZ400032265430QQcmdZViewItemQQptZHandcrafted_Artisan_Jewelry?hash=item400032265430&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A4%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A200

independentmami said...

I will give you my bestfriend, Elsa's name. She just recently found out she is pregnant. She has deserves to win!!!

YZgirl4 said...

From the Sweet Boutique I love the Me, myself and I heart charmed necklace. As mother's we are all about loving our kids, sometimes we need to remember to love ourselves a bit too.
yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

YZgirl4 said...

From mammadog, her blog about the golden ticket and the twilight movie, made me laugh!
yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

YZgirl4 said...

MaryAmbro1 has some nice vintage hat pins on her ebay page.
yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

YZgirl4 said...

Mom on a Mission has some great links for money saving ideas.
yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

YZgirl4 said...

If I won I would give it to my friend Janette. She is feeling pretty down right now because her job is on the line thanks to all the cutbacks funding education.
yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

minishoes said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I got help too but wished I hadn't waited so long.. I am so glad I did, because depression runs in my family.I know Your story will help others and thanks for the giveaway!
store 1- I like the crystal cupcake necklace the prices aren't bad either. jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

entry 2 -I liked her story and can tell she loves the Twilight show. jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

entry 3 A big huge list of freebies i am going to have to get. lol This site is well put together. jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

entry 4 I never bought anything on ebay. If I did it would be the vintage perfume bottle. how pretty! jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

entry 5- My friend Nita could use one of these prizes. She has been feeling sad cause her and her daughter are not getting along. jacquecurl@gmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I love the enamel cut out round sunburst earnings. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I love the twilight updates on mommadawg. I am obsessed. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

stacy could use some cheering up. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Diana D said...

I really liked the blouson sleeve tee from Sweet Boutique. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Diana D said...

From Maryambro's site I thought the kitten heels were attractive. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I love the crystal cupcake necklace and the "Believe In Yourself" bracelet from Sweet Boutique.

Carolsue said...

I like the Crystal Dice Necklace on Sweet Boutique
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Carolsue said...

On Mom On A Mission, I like the ofer for the All You Magazine ($18/2 yrs)
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

Carolsue said...

On Maryambro1's site, I liked the Vintage White Mesh Whiting & Davis Handbag
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Carolsue said...

I liked the picture of Mama Dawg with Peter Facinelli.
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Carolsue said...

I think my friend Kristine Michelle could use this basket. She's been having some family problems.
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Lisa P said...

At Sweet Botique I love the Credit Card Holder Wallet, functional! I would not name a friend per say but my DD she has been thru a lot this past year with her Bio giving up rights, she need some cheering up!