I am so sorry to hear that you are fighting depression. I know this battle all to well...but I can tell you from experience that you can win. I want you to know that it is treatable, however fewer men receive treatment than women...for all kinds of reasons including social conditioning...BUT, you should pursue this with your GP if your neuro is not receptive to the idea.
depression is very common in people with MS...many discussions have occurred regarding which comes first...if a person gets an MS dx and then becomes depressed, or if depression is one of the many facets of MS symptoms.
there has been some discussion regarding depression as a side affect from the interferons, as well as fatigue - the two of which can become a vicious cycle.
i think it is important that you speak with a doctor that you are comfortable with, and look at some treatment options...try one, and if it works, great! in the mean time...(isn't that where we always are?)...don't isolate yourself too much and try try try to engage in things that would have normally made you laugh & feel good.
...try keeping a notepad beside your bed and rate (1 - worst, 10 - best) how you feel when you first wake up (anxious, sad, excited about the day), and then again before you go to bed. After a couple of weeks you may notice a pattern, or see if you are feeling progressively better or worse...
again...keep us posted on how & what you are doing...we care!
< March 20, 2004 = I want my life back *sigh*
> March 20, 2004 = ...day one on alertec = getting my life back? *grin*