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BlueChicken
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   Posted 5/29/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I'm new on here and am just feeling a bit lost... I'm 16 and was diagnosed with depression a few months ago, though I suspect I've been dealing with it for a little over 3 years. I started taking Cytalopram about a month ago, but I haven't noticed any changes in my mood at all. I'm a Junior in high school and right now is a critical time for school and college decisions. I want to do good with my school, and I used to be an excellent student, but everything's just so hard lately. I hate getting out of bed. It takes me hours to fall asleep at night. I feel worthless all the time. My mom doesn't understand at all. She tried to argue with my psychologist that I didn't have depression and that I was just going through a rough patch. She argues with me about my diabetes, with my school, with my sleep schedule, with my eating habbits, with how much I read, and anything else that comes up. It's so hard to get anything done. I always put off my school projects till the last minute, and then when I don't get them done, I make up some stupid excuse of how my internet was down or that I was sick and couldn't email it. I've been dancing ballet for about 10 years now, and I absolutely love it, but sometimes it's just too much. I can't even make myself want to do something that I love more than almost anything eles in the entire world. I'm an avid reader. I go through about 6-8 400+ page books a week. When I read, it makes it so I don't have to deal with anything that's going on with me at the moment. I want to get better. I want to enjoy everything again, but it just seems like I can't do anything anymore. Like nothing's going right. None of my friends really know what it's like, and I just feel so alone. I wanna see the sun again... I don't really know where I'm going with this anymore, but if anyone has any encouraging words or anything that might help, please do so. Much Loves~Me

enWayen
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   Posted 5/29/2008 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Eej Blue!

Some of the things you said sound sooo familiar, getting out of bed, taking hours before you fall asleep, and putting off you school projects till the last minute (although that is pretty normal ;) ). You are true that your mom might not understand all this, but she wants the best for you, she loves you, so don't go too hard on her. For someone who has never been depressed it is almost impossible to know what it feels like, so don't expect them to do so.

For the meds, most members on the forum here say it could take a while for them to give full effect, and if it doesn't, you could up the dose, but I will leave the details open for them to fill in.

Nothing is fun anymore, right? To make things fun again, you have to somehow end your depression. So I am asking you what the source of your sadness is. It might be the weird and terrible world, unanswered love, a family affair, or just unexplainable sadness. Knowing what is bothering you will make you aware of it, and without being aware, you can't take action.

You also mentioned you like to read. As a youngster myself I can give you the names of some books that really helped me to see the light again. Maybe you could give them a try, if you haven't done so before. One is called "Tao te Ching", an ancient book written by Lao Tze. The other is "The Power of Now", by Eckhard Tolle.

As for the advice, try not to worry too much about future or past, but try to live more in the here and now. Don't feel bad because of your sadness (how weird that might sound), but accept that you are sad. Sadness will disappear in time when you are very much aware of it and the causes.

And try to listen to the birds, it really helps!

All the very best!
Erik
Acceptance is the key

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Try to keep smiling! :)


ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/29/2008 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue

I want to welcome you to the forum,very glad that you found us.

Erik has given you excellent advice...all I wanted to add is I think you might want to get into some type of talk therapy.... can you talk to your doctor about it? Or start with your school counselor..


Sometimes parents don't stop and think.. they forget the stress that a 16 year old is going through because they are living in a very stressful world also. It is not fair at all,and that is why I am encouraging you to talk to someone so you can figure out how to beat this depression.

Please keep us updated on how you are doing.
Shy


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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia

Please remember,I am not a professional..I am just a person who is also fighting depression.


I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.


djdaz_1985
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   Posted 5/29/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey bluechicken,

Erik and Shy have covered pretty much everything I was going to say! Please feel free to talk here as often as you need. We are like a big family here and we all care for and support each other. There is never a shortage of people who understand how you feel.

Darren


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getting by
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   Posted 5/29/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blue,

I thought that I had already posted, but I guess that I forgot to click on submit.

I think, as Darren said everything has been pretty well covered, but as the others I would suggest talk therapy. It really helps.

Welcome to the Healing Well depression forum. There are a lot of very understanding members here. Keep posting.

hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Helo Blue and Welcome to Healing Well, This is Kitt. I am very glad to meet you.

You have received some fantastic advice already.  On the meds, yes it does take 4-6 weeks for the full effect of the meds for most people.  You will not have an "aha" moment but you should just start to feel less sad and apathetic.

It's important to remember that people who have good emotional health sometimes have emotional problems or depression. Depression  often has a physical cause, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. Stress and problems with family, work or school can sometimes trigger depression  or make it worse. However, people who are emotionally healthy have learned ways to cope with stress and problems. They know when they need to seek help from their doctor or a counselor. I have to tell you I am very impressed reading your post as you are doing all these things.  You have a counselor, you have been to the Doctors and now you have the desire and the determination to work your way to the light at the end of the tunnel.

At your age you are going through so many changes and I feel you are under a lot of pressure from your Mom, am I right?  You know anything you talk to your counselor about is confidential and if you build a trust relationship with this person, he/she can be your best ally right now. I am sorry your Mom is not understanding your problems but I am sure she loves you and is just afraid of the unknown.

You are obviously extremely talented but sometimes even when we love something we do, it does overwhelm us.  I love to read too and I read mostly for pleasure.  It helps me relax and takes my mind off any other issues that I might be feeling down about.

I agree with Erik............stay in the moment.  As we go through the day we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities. We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by. Sit in the sunshine and let it warm you. 

We are here and you are part of the HW family now so please know we care.

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 
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pezpez
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/29/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey!
SO two other great books.. the wisdom of forgiveness by victor chan and the dahlai llama and what happy people know.. there is also another version called what happy women know. I enjoyed reading them, they were helpful for me.

I hope you feel better soon!

BlueChicken
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   Posted 6/2/2008 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Delilah, I understand exactly what you said about your mom calling you a mole. I have a 2 bedroom house; my parents have the biggest room, and the other my mom uses for her crafts and storage, so I get the basement. I love it because it's so big and I can be completely alone if I really need to, but it really is like a cave; there are no windows at all down here. My mom gets on my case all the time because I spend so much time down where there's no sunlight, just reading my books or being on the computer, and I don't really go outside that much at all.

I love my ballet, but there's so much drama in life right now. L is always complaining and grumbling that she didn't get better parts, so everyone is getting fed up with her. A and E are mad at eachother because when A was dating B, B cheated with E, and then when E was dating B, B cheated with A. C hates E because she is a hypocrite and is just a ***** sometimes. C is the biggest attention ***** I've ever met, and she'll do anything to get it, wether it be good or bad attention. And that's just my close friends at dance. Plus we've got our opening shows this weekend. I get migraines all the time, and a few years ago I screwed up my knees really bad, so it makes it even harder to dance. Then I just had the one year anniversary of my transplant. I'm behind at school, and the year is almost over. My diabetes is not in very good control at all. And with everything piling up, I feel more alone than ever. I want to be happy again, but I don't even know where to start-there's so much going on. Re-reading this right now, I really sound like I'm whining and complaining about everything. I don't mean it like that. Life's just so frustrating.
My psychologist is amazing and is helping me a lot though. Just can't concentrate on the bad things, gotta think about all the wonderful stuff in my life too. Thank you to everyone who's replied, it really means a lot to me. ~Blue
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
 
Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.


ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
That is what we are here for Blue,please keep us updated on how you are doing.
Shy


Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia

Please remember,I am not a professional..I am just a person who is also fighting depression.


I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/3/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Not much I can add, seeing a counsler, and keep posting,
just wanted to welecome you to the forum as well.
I am going through a real rough patch right no my slef, and I know it helps me to keep on posting. I am glad you have a computer and can do so, my prayers go out to you.....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 6/4/2008 2:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue ...

Have you ever heard the song "Blue" by Joni Mitchell?
You are bright and understanding. I can tell you this:
If I was closer to your age we would be best friends.
If you work with a psychologist and others who are
understanding of problems of Depression, you will feel
better. You'll probably never get totally over it -- just
better.

I've had Depression all my life. It's strange, but it wasn't
until my health failed me and Pain was my closest friend, did
I leave Depression behind. Now I wouldn't wish that on you. : /

But I do know ... I do. How it is.

I send you a cyber seashell ...

"Inside you'll hear a sigh, a foggy lullaby. This is my song for you."
Pamela Neckpain, Coast of California

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/4/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
That was sweet Pamela.
I hope Pamela's post has helped you just a little...
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


BlueChicken
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   Posted 6/4/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone. for giving me smiles. I'm not having the best day; I got kicked by a pointe shoe last night and I might have broken my finger, which is a really bad thing considering that our opening show is this Friday. But I really appreciate everything you all have said.
I went to see my psychologist today, so that's helped make the day a bit better. But I gotta get ready for school and ballet now. Thank you to everyone! ~Blue
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
 
Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/4/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Blue I hope you.
Good luck with the Ballet.
I hope things get better....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


bookworm21
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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Blue, I absolutely understand where you're coming from--that was exactly me last year (my senior year of high school and actually part of my junior year, too). I never put off my schoolwork until the depression hit me full force-I, too, made lame excuses for my homework. I argued with my parents about everything, and they didn't believe (and still don't) that depression is a real disease; my psychologist and my dad definitely did not get along. I loved playing piano, but at that point I couldn't make myself practice or do recitals; heck, I had a hard enough time just going to lessons. It hurt me so much to not be able to do the things that were important to me. I loved to read and during that time I couldn't even bring myself to do that, so at least you have something!
 
I'm sorry about all the drama. I remember my group of "friends" was always full of drama. So so so annoying. And b/c they're all wrapped up in their crap, they don't pay attention to you at this time when you really need them (or at least that's what happened to me).
 
It took me about a month of meds and therapy before I noticed a difference, so hang in there. I didn't mean to ramble on about my story, but I just wanted you to know that I understand and you're not alone! *hugs*

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/5/2008 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
s an adult I know where your coming from, this past summer, i had severe anxiety attacks, and depression, but I have two kids, school age. but the meds are starting to kick in finally, and im hoping to move on from this point.'
I know you will be able to too, hang in there...
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


BronzeWatch
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   Posted 6/5/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
There are also other books such as "Dealing with Depression" by Paul Gilbert, it provides SUCH good help. Also, "Overcoming Low Self-esteem" by Melanie Fennell, apparently they are VERY helpful, look them up on Amazon, search their names and see if you like.

"Overcoming Low Self-Esteem" Melanie Fennell

"Overcoming Depression" Paul Gillbert

getting by
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   Posted 6/5/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
BronzeWatch,

That was a really good suggestion. There are a lot of good books out there dealing with depression. Thank you for your input. It is much appreciated.

hugs, Karen...
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Wifeofdepression
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Blue,
I love to escape into books too. In fact I have found that I read the end chapter to decide if I want to find out how they get to that part, before I invest time. I realized that is how I would love to live my life, knowing how it ends and then deciding if I wanted to spend the time to get there. Guess it is good that I do not know--if I do not like how it ends that would not be good.
As a mother of a 17 year old I realize that she has to live with more drama than I ever had to as a teen. Not sure why that is, but it is. Keep taking your meds. In three to four weeks your outlook will be better, even if the situation remains the same.
Lynne

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/6/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to read, but i think the computer has replaced that.
the most time i feel like a real family is when we are at church....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


BlueChicken
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   Posted 6/16/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes it feels like reading is the only thing that I can count on anymore. I can just kinda run away from everything that's going wrong in my life and immerse myself in the lives of the characters, where I always know that evrything will work out in the end.
I'm into Finals week at the high school right now; only 3 days left until I'm on summer break and officially a Senior. I'm really looking forward to summer right now; no school anything for 2 and a half months.
Today seemed like it was going really really well. My best friend spent the night last night, we walked over to CVP's house and hung out there for a couple hours. Then today was Father's Day and we just hung around home all day as a family, having an amazing dinner my mom made. It was a great day, wonderful actually... But right now, I'm in a funk, I guess you'd call it. I had a great day, but... just all of a sudden... I'm feeling pretty low. It was a great day! I should be feeling great too! But I'm not... not at all... And I don't know why. I don't feel like doing anything. Not even reading.
I got this idea to make a list of things that make me happy, then whenever I feel like crap, I can just look at my list and see all the wonderful things I have going for me... The only problem is, I only got to 10 before I couldn't think of any more... I know I have a lot more things that make me happy, but I just can't think of anything. It feels like I have this wall or cloud in my brain or something, and it's driving me crazy... I just want to get better and make it all go away.
Thank you to everyone who's replied, for all of your words of encouragment, support, and kindness. I could really use it right now.
Much Loves~Blue
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
 
Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.


Confusedli
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   Posted 6/16/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue,

I do that too - make lists, it is really useful, what I'm doing right now and it might be helpful for you too - Instead of writing a list of ten, maybe you could just write 1 thing each day that has made you happy, sometimes when I've had the worst day ever I will try my best then to draw at least 1 positive from it! It helps!

You sound a little bit like me when I was your age, I used to read a lot(I still do) and I used to dance too! I think sometimes it is because your so young that maybe your parents don't understand, I think sometimes as we get older it is easy to loose touch with what life is like when your 16!
 
 
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emcee
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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue, You know, as a sixteen year old, you are quite intelligent and have a good hold on the reality of the peers around you. Your mom, honestly may not understand why you would have depression. She sees you as a successful dancer, probably good in school (most readers are), you have passion for dance since you have done it for so long. It sounds like you have had a couple of events happen that may have triggered your start into depression. You mentioned that you have bad knees, diabetes, a transplant (organ?), and then a broken finger. You definitely must be an athlete! :) You know, if you have been dancing for so long and you haven't had a break, you may very definitely need a break. The problem that arises (well, in my experience) is that after you stop doing what you have been doing most of your life, you find that your identity is gone. The person that you were is no longer there, and you have to go find what else makes you happy. Your friends at school, unfortunately, at this age are very self centered and only think about themselves. I was alone, with no parents at 16 and why this was very difficult on me, my friends thought it was the coolest thing in the world because they thought we could party at my house. Noone ever stopped to ask how it was affecting me. Do you work? With so many injuries, aren't you in a lot of pain? How often do you dance? If you slowed down, concentrated on catching up in school...are you going to summer school, that may take you away from the crowd at dance class and perhaps put you into a different social circle. If your mom is not helping hardly at all in any way, that is difficult. The great thing is that you do realize something is wrong and you are willing to go seek help. I wasn't, I fought it tooth and nail. Each time you go to therapy, they should give you a homework assignment to do, and believe me, these are not easy, you have to dig deep and find out what is the core of how and why you feel the way you do. It is exhausting, but after therapy is over, the time is different for everyone, most of the time you come out feeling like you can conquer the world! They arm you with so many tools to help deal with the world and your inside world. Remember that your friends, although some of them may be really close right now, will be gone once high school gets out and everyone goes their separate ways. Your family will always be there for you, and perhaps if your mom is fighting with your DR. he will ask to see her separately. He will tell her she is not being helpful and straighten her out. Please keep writing, that is what I have been doing for the past two days. You are on the right track, it's hard, not easy. I stayed in bed last week the entire week, I got up today, Father's Day. Then I wrote down a Standard Operator's Procedural Manual for my family. Every business has one, so I decided since I don't want to get fired from my family, I was going to follow these rules and guidelines. In my case, my depression is centered around (besides childhood trauma) lack of discipline. Because I have given up. So I decided to get some control back into my life and act as if my home is a business. I hope it works! I hope you and your mom get on the right track, that is essential. Have a wonderful day!

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/16/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Im glad you enjoyed goung to your friends house, and fathers day.
When i was your age I used to write alot, and read
I liked being alone, sort of, I had a few friends i trusted and confieded in, I hope you have that too, to trust your friends to confide in them....
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


Wifeofdepression
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   Posted 6/16/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Blue,
Sometimes even when life is good, there is a swing that brings you down. It stinks but that is just how it is. You are learning to adapt. For that you should be proud. Your high school friends will become a smaller part of your life. At 45 I see my friends from high school, but it is not often. And the relationship is different. Drama is nonexistent. We are to involved in our families and jobs. And over the years I developed new friends, ones that I call on when things are the toughest. My best friends though are my mom and my daughter (she is 17). They are the rocks of my life. They give me wisdom and encouragement when things are bleak. Although there are things that I would not share with either my mom or daughter, I know that I have their unconditional love and support.
Life as a teen is hard these days. It is difficult for some parents to realize that. My husband does not understand why my daughter suffers from anxiety issues and sees a therapist and takes meds. But I understand. Life with a depressed/ocd dad is hard. It is a struggle for all of us, especially her. But even though things are tough, she keeps moving forward. I am amazed by her daily.
SO Blue take comfort. You are bright. You have activities you enjoy. Summer is here. Take it one day at a time. Try writing a bit with your reading..you may amaze yourself!
Lynne
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