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ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/22/2006 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I am to that point. I used to keep myself in a shell,never exposing my emotions,acting as if nothing bothered me.
Results were that most left me alone. When I was single,men would not even approach me as I am sure I had the look of "don't even think about it" on my face.
I am not sure my new side of talking about my emotions is a good thing as it seems to frustrate the people around me. And it makes me more depressed.
I am not sure what happened with me,I used to be able to be so cold and unemotional and either I am going through pre menapause or something in my brain snapped.
I always said that I would never get married again. But I have changed my mind..or I thought up until about a week ago. Now,I feel as though I will just be a girlfriend for the rest of my life...with my current relationship.
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els
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   Posted 5/22/2006 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Shy,  I understand I feel like most of the time I must present myself like that as guys will look at me all the time but no one approaches me...I often wonder if I am putting off some kind of dont come near me force field or something. Not that I am looking for a relationship as I'm not..I just think it is kind of funny... I am so good at behaving as if I am fine for my whole childhood was an act.  The first eleven yrs of my life I was to behave like a normal girl when my stepfather was a creep.  Then in adulthood you learn quickly how to cover up the scars of childhood hurts and abuse so no-one knows or suspects.  So how are we expected to know what is the real feeling and what isnt when your done pretending?  I dont know... But I would say give it sometime maybe more than a week and see how you feel.  Does your boyfriend want to get married?  He sounds like he is really nice to you and your in a healthy relationship..right?  You just have to make sure it is right for you..but I do understand about protecting your emotions like that...take care

 


 


Broken Spirit
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   Posted 5/22/2006 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally hear where you are coming from Shy. 
 
After keeping things locked away for a long time I've recently started opening up to a couple of close friends, thinking they would understand and they are always encouraging me to talk about how I'm feeling, but now that I have I've been told that I have become a burden. 
 
My best friend finally cracked yesterday and told me that I am taking over her head, she worrys about me so much - I don't realise how much etc., and she always worries that I am going to 'do myself in'.  It was all very hard to hear - quite a lecture actually, but I respect her for having the guts to tell me at least.  It upset me to hear all of what she was saying, but because I hate to put her through that, I really do.  She has enough crap to cope with without me adding to it all.  So now I feel that I am back to coping on my own again, but I don't see how I can do it on my own, I don't feel strong enough, but I'm going to have to find a way because it simply isn't fair to worry those you care about so much. 
 
I only joined this group today.  I have been a member of another online forum before and I beleive that they can help to an extent, sharing things with like-minded people is a good idea, as long as you don't drag one another down, which I guess is always a danger!
 
Els is right about covering things up.  Sometimes it's what you have to do in order to survive.  It's like if you keep up the act, then you can convince not just everyone else, but also eventually, yourself that the role you are playing is really you.  Which means covering up the pain and hoping that it will go away.  Only it never does, it always there until you deal with it and eventually heal.  You need to open up to people who you are certain will understand, or who at least try to understand you, otherwise you can damage yourself even more.
 
I have the same problem with attracting men too.  I'm such an Ice Queen, and if i get any attention (only happens when I am drunk!), I ruin it because the drink makes the illness worse and that means that depression will ruin it all for me anyway.  It's a vicious cycle.
 
Know you are not alone Shy.
 
Take care xx
 
 
 
 

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els
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   Posted 5/22/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Broken Spirit,  Welcome to Healing Well forum.  We are happy to have you.  I just wanted to tell you that we strive to keep this forum a positive place where people can express their feelings without fear or embarrassment.  I do hope you stick around and post often as I do find that you will grow to like us :-) hopefully.  I was wondering if you have ever thought of counseling or therapy.  I know that if you have major depression counseling is not really going to help much but it could give you some coping skills.  We are always here...

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ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/22/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Broken,I also wanted to say welcome,and thank you for your input. This site has been a total blessing to me. No one has dragged me down yet and everyone always has such positive inputs. I always thought I was the only one that went through the horrible things that I have experienced. But coming here has showed me just the opposite, I am still amazed by that fact to this day. I have spilled my guts on here and with no regrets. It is a great help with the healing process that is for sure!
Elisha and Lyn your insights have helped me so much!
Thank you
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els
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   Posted 5/23/2006 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Anytime at all Shy, this is what we are for after all.  Have a wonderful day at work! tongue   Hugs

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ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/23/2006 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to add that even though my emotions freak him out,he will not put up with me not telling him how I feel. So,I told him that he needs to figure that out. As far as my family not being able to handle my "letters of truth" too bad. (I say this now as I have confidence this morning). But they should have been a better family to me. Simple as that. Sometimes I wish I could just wake up and not remember anyone from my past,and anything that happened and just start fresh. With a good outlook on life and lots of places to go.
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Joan M
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   Posted 5/23/2006 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am also in a shell and feel comfortable in it. I hate being thought of as "needy" and therefore rarely reach out unless I am physically sick. I have chronic depression, gerd/reflux (currently a flare up) and ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) and high blood pressure, arthritis, foot problems, asthma, allergies, arosacrea, sinusitis.
People tend to be nicer about my physical problems than my so-called mental problem. There's a lot of ignorance out there.
My reflux has me nuts at the moment, so I'll sign off with best wishes for all.

mysts
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   Posted 5/23/2006 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Joan. People tend to be less nice about mental-problem. So I too feel safer in my shell.

My true feelings, the feelings that i have inside,I think are more to an annoyance for others. I always end up feeling ashamed for being so pathetic in their eyes or pissed off as they can't seem to understand me. It makes me prefer to stay in the shell and live with my beautiful mask. It's always hard to talk or vent to someone else. So I just keep my feelings and thoughts to myself and live with it alone. I may talk, but never frank enough to bare myself up. 'An honest confession but the truth still lies behind!'.
But here, i mean in a forum like this i think i do will learn to share. Feels like there's no need to fear for the 'judgemental eyes' that stare when you tell your story. Really, people are really understanding and helpful here. I made some new friends who have same diagnosis as me and we talk about our illness and thoughts freely.
So can say my shell is meant to protect me from being hurt by people that might not understand. For me, only people like us can understand us better coz we're going through the same tunnel of life.

Anyway, i wish you all the best with your relationship.

-Jane-
:: Chronic Major Depression :: BPD ::


ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/24/2006 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree,people like to believe what they see.
I went for 13 years without telling anyone how bad things were. Everyone thought we had the perfect family. But after the divorce I started talking to my close friends and my mom. They were shocked said they had not seen a clue. So,as far as being good about keeping a mask on,and staying in a shell I should have had an award.
I find that once you leave your shell,it seems to be harder to get back into it. Maybe because to me if feels so good to be able to talk. I do not want to go back into it as I am afraid I will never come out of it.
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mysts
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   Posted 5/24/2006 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes ShynSassy. It feels harder to get back into the shell once we leave it. I have been feeling depressed since my early teen but was only dx'd last year after my suicide attempt. For me, the shell is broken when I was hospitalized as everyone - my family n friends - know about it. And since the shell is broken, I talked and vent myself up - telling about my miseries and what I've been keeping inside for years. After that I feel uncomfortable. I lost my little secret. I feel like I'm naked in front of them. Like they can see through me although actually they cannot. But after my episode of major depression last time, i again started to fix my broken shell. I started to fake again. Coz after what they'd done for me to help me recover from this depression, still I don't have enough will and energy to keep moving on. Still I'm sick and tired of life. But Im acting as if I'm getting better coz I'm scared that they might get bored or tired and give up on me and leave me. So I'm back in my shell again - scared of being hurt and being left!

-Jane-
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Joan M
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   Posted 5/25/2006 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi mysts...I hear you. Even with arthritis I had two older people who basically told me to shut up! With menopause I found very little help from any women.

I am so happy I found a great shrink who is also giving me therapy.

I guess I hold a lot in with two of my friends because they have tremendous medical problems. I love to do volunteer work and try to help others. I love my volunteer jobs and the people I work with. I am blessed by living in a beautiful part of the world in the countryside.

Always...I brainwash myself to look for the good but actually I am quite disappointed and listening to the "state of the world" is even worse than my personal mess. Basically I am extremely lonely for an intimate relationship. My husband, the light of my life, died 13 years ago and I have been alone ever since. I has taken me 10 years to find friends up here (Northeast) as people are very reserved.
I lived in New York City most of my life and the people are great and very far out, lots of fun, open, etc.

Too many changes...now that it's been so long since he died, I can't cry about it,etc. This whole country pushes stocism to such a degree it is nutty. I also find that many link being sick with not being good. You didn't take care of yourself, etc. It's alot of ignorance that's why being in the shell feels so good.

Post Edited (Joan Mack) : 5/25/2006 7:05:43 AM (GMT-6)

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