Journaling/Blogging - Helpful??

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TiredOfTheSadness
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   Posted 9/7/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I have been working to stay afloat through this episode of depression. Lots of therapy and meds. Unfortunately I cannot share this stuff with my friends and family right now. So I sure do appreciate having a place to come and ask questions and offer support to others when I can. Thank you!!
 
My question is, have any of you had success with journaling or blogging during your depression? I just started a blog. I'm not sure if it will be helpful to regurgitate everything I'm going through, or if it will feel good to release it. Hmmmm....

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 9/7/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
yes to journelling, blogging, would not know where to start. journelling is more, for me writing about key aspects of my day, good and bad, very carthartic and useful info for your therapist or doctor. wishing you well. jamie.

nixie
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   Posted 9/7/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i have heard that keeping a journal or blogging is very good for depression (from my doctors both past and present). sometimes when i am very depressed i don't feel like writing at all... not really doing anything so i've thought instead of handwriting my thoughts what about blogging but have no idea where to start. i've gotten involved with various forums but don't feel at home with any of them just yet. if blogging helps you i would be interested in your updates if you so chose to post. thanks.

TiredOfTheSadness
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   Posted 9/7/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nixie, thanks for the feedback. I know what you mean about being too tired. I can't even shower most days. That is why I hate to pour effort into something if it isn't going to make much of a difference. But I suppose for now I have to assume it WILL help. I started a page on blogspot. It's totally anonymous so I don't have to have any fear about what I'm writing. I chose the blog simply because I prefer to type rather than handwrite. (Lazy...I know!) And I felt I didn't want to type on a document on my computer that could be opened by my husband or daughter. Of course there's nothing scary or offensive in my journal, but it's personal nonetheless. Just like this forum, it's nice to have a place to leave thoughts.

nixie
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   Posted 9/7/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hi again. i think i will try blogging again. i know that i think a lot about writing but seldom do it. i think that typing- blogging would be a new experience for me and one that hopefully will do me some good. i type at a computer all day at work and i think that at this point blogging would be preferable than writing...
i guess the reason why my doctors have said that keeping a journal was good was to keep track of my "episodes" however my depression seems to be an over all day to day experience and not necessarily something that arrives in "episodes". to be honest.. sometimes i have gotten myself more upset after writing therefore i wonder if i am doing something wrong! perhaps i am not writing to the full extent to where it would benefit me.
i think i will try blogspot too. since you've been blogging... do you tend to feel any better? is it noticeable to you?

TiredOfTheSadness
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   Posted 9/7/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also at a computer all day. And this episode has lasted months. I can't even think of a specific trigger for it. I went through a lot last year, but I guess anything can trigger an episode of depression or anxiety.

I know what you mean about feeling worse. I think the key is to use the journaling as a way to reflect and find the positive aspects. I decided to use it to TRY to find humor in situations that are really stressful to me. If I write about how sad I am and how much I hate myself, then I'm just reinforcing the negative me by giving it a voice. If I try to find the lighter side I do feel better. I know there will be days where my posts will be serious and tearful. But I'll deal with those when they come. I literally started blogging yesterday. :) You can access it if you go to my profile.

Let me know if you start one, I will follow it.
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods." -C.S. Lewis


nixie
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
i will definitely give it a try. i went to your profile and was inspired to start my own! thank you for creating this post... it's been a real pleasure.
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