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michele_beth
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   Posted 7/22/2006 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm not doing well anymore. and i know i'm probably not doing this right and i'm sorry i'm not good at writing back after responses..... but i just don't know what to do anymore. i think it just helps to write things out and actually know that people are listening... but i'm sorry for... many things in advance...
 
i feel like everything is just so awful. i feel like i am so so stuck in my life and there is no where to go and no way to get out. i just want everything to stop. everything to go away. i don't want to do this anymore. but i can't make it stop. my parents are so disappointed in me. and i know they worry all the time. and it just breaks my heart. i just know they probably wonder all the time what they did wrong for me to get like this. and i just want to tell them that its not their fault at all. but i can't talk to them... i dont talk to them. i dont leave my room hardly ever. i have stopped seeing my friends because it's just too hard, too exhausting. when i hear the phone ringing at my house i just close my eyes and listen for the footsteps coming to my room, praying that the phone won't be for me. i feel like my life is not going to get any better. i think about what i should be doing as a 19 year old. i should be out with my friends, going to parties, dating... in a few years i should be thinking about getting married, and i just dont think that will ever happen... and i dont know how to make that be okay. i just hate myself, and i dont know how not to. and i hate that i am my parents daughter. because they deserve someone so much better.
 
i've had thoughts and feelings like this for years but just recently i have been put on 20 mg of lexapro and i am seeing a psychiatrist... sometimes i feel like it might be making me feel better, but then i just drop down again lower than before, and i just feel like the medication is just a cop out and that it can't fix anything... and then i get worse than before and feel even more hopeless about finding a way to get better...
 
i know that people say that you have to want to get better. but what if i dont want to get better, what if i just can't make myself want that... then what is there left to do?
 
 
 

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   Posted 7/22/2006 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle Beth,

So sorry to hear how much pain you're feeling. I felt very much like you do now when I was your age. I was depressed with bulimia, and everyone kept telling me I'd get better -- only I didn't really want to. I felt guilty, like you do, about disapointing my parents and having them worry it was their fault. And of course they then bent over backwards to try to "make everything better", and sometimes they snapped in frustration. But, like with you, it wasn't them -- it came from in me. And (again, oh-so-similar) I felt like there were things I "should" be doing. It was a long time before I realised that some of those things at least I simply didn't want to do, that I hadn't found my "niche" at that point.

After I moved out and went to uni, I found that I could do things or be on my own much more as it suited me, and I could take or not take phone calls without explanation and without guilt. I found that I was a great daughter from a distance! I still found it difficult going home: even though the problem was in no way to do with my family, I felt under pressure there to show a happy face so that I didn't make them worried. But as time went on, even that got better. After years of being pretty much forced to have counselling, I finally started cognitive therapy of my own accord (finally I wanted to get better). That was my godsend: it gave me practical ways of dealing with my emotions day-to-day, rather than the endless questioning I had in counselling about my family (which didn't help with the guilt I was feeling about them worrying it was their fault).

Well, I'm 31 now, and have left the bulimia long behind (it was an outlet, I think, for the depression, and the cognitive therapy helped my find better coping strategies). I have been depressed since, but I've got so much better at recognising the signs, and getting help. And, yes, that has involved medication, and yes, at times I have wanted to never take meds again because I thought it was cheating and that I should be able to do things on my own (there's that "should" again...). What I've learned is that in fact it's giving up meds that's not taking control: like if you had cancer and refused treatment. Depression is an illness, and you do need to treat it. I'm not grateful for how much anti-depressants have helped me -- after all, if I'd lived even 100 years ago, I'd probably have been stuck away in an asylum for the rest of my life, rather than living it. I know I have depressive tendencies and am not "cured" as such, but I also go for long periods without the depression creeping in, and without meds.

What I now wish I'd done all those years ago was write my parents a note (since saying it would have been too much), in which I would have told them (in part so that they could re-read the words at certain times when they doubted) that nothing if what I was going through was their fault -- that I knew that and they needed to know that too. I would ask them to try to understand that when I hid myself away it wasn't because I needed comfort (and that oddly that often made things worse, and I couldn't really explain why), but because I needed space and escape. I would have promised that if I ever did want comfort, I would, if I couldn't say this directly) tell them in a note because I knew that they would want to know and would be great at comforting me. (I'd say this last bit even if I was sure I'd never do it -- more to put their minds at ease and therefore stop be worrying so much about their worrying.) And then I'd try to find places I could go and feel calmer -- not places I felt I "should" go, and not with a bunch of other people so that I felt I had to put on a happy face. I've always found that walking by a river makes me feel calmer, but you may well have your own ideas of what might work for you. What I know is that you need a respite from all the worry and you need to feel there's somewhere you can go where you're not hiding and not worried the phone will go: somewhere that you like being, rather than somewhere you withdraw to simply because you can't be in other places.

Please do keep using this board. -- I'll look out for you here: you really do sound a lot like 19 yr old me!! Uncanny.

Take care,
Rosie

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   Posted 7/22/2006 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michele,  I understand that feeling you describe so well.  There must be some small part of you that wants to get better or at least is willing to try to get better if your seeing a counselor and taking an antidepressant.  You just may not be able to see through all the depression to that side right now.  Yes, there are many people who say that you have to want to get better...which never did make much sense to me as when your in the grips of depression you feel hopeless, and that there is no getting better.  It is difficult to reason out during those times that sticking with your medications and communicating your feelings to your doctor not only about your depression but on how your meds are doing will make all the difference in the world.  It don’t know how long you’ve been on the Lexapro, but normally it takes about 4-6 weeks for an antidepressant to reach its therapeutic level in the body.  That's where it will be working to its full extent.  Please do keep posting and letting us know how you’re doing.  We are always here.. Take care. 

Elisha

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michele_beth
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   Posted 7/25/2006 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   
dear rosie and els,

thank you so much for listening and caring, it feels good to know that people are there and they understand. rosie what you said about feeling better about things when you were out on your own is something i have thought for a long time too. i always wanted to just have my own little house with my own flowers and my own pets and not have to answer the phone or worry about people talking to me or worrying... to be on my own and to control things my own way.... i think that is one of the most important dreams to me... what i have trouble with now, is how to make that happen... most times i feel like that is just a dream and that it will never come true because the things that i need to do in order for that to happen seem much much too overwhelming and hard... like getting a job, a serious job where i can have insurance and make enough money for rent and bills and/or going to college (i tried a year at college and the only way i think about that experience now is me being a dark dark hole, so i feel like i will never go back) and money and figuring it all out with my parents... just seem so hard... and i feel so dumb when i say it is too hard, because i know that you have to work for the things you want... but for me that just seems so much harder than i think it should... but nevertheless, it does help to think that maybe someday i can be on my own and make things better...

oh and writing a letter to my parents is a very good idea... i will think about doing that and hopefully get enough courage to actually go through with it... i do think that would make me feel better.

another thing, els said that the lexapro should be doing something by 4-6 weeks; i have been on the lexapro 20 mg now for... about 10 weeks... and i just don't know what to think... sometimes i feel like nothing, not any kind of medicine or talking therapy, can change the way my mind is... it is just the way i am and i just feel so convinced that it won't change... and like you said that could be the depression just clouding my view from seeing the other side... i don't really know... that is something that i haven't been able to fully understand about myself and how i see things and how the disease makes you think and what is actually real... anyways, i feel like i just keep going on and on...

but again thank you so much for caring and giving your kind words, it means a lot... i hope that you both are doing well ( :

michele

janetlee
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   Posted 7/25/2006 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Michele,
The fact that you are on this board and expressing yourself, show that you DO ant to get better! Perhaps you should talk to your psychiatrist about your medication. Maybe yyou need a higher dose or to be tried on a different kind. What these ladies have told you is all excellent advice! Please keep coming here and yes, you are definitely cared about! :)
janet
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   Posted 7/25/2006 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle,

Elisha and Janet are absolutely right about you joining us here being a sure sign that you *do* want to get better on some level. Oddly, I've just a few moments ago posted on my own version of this. -- I see it as a little "survival instinct" part of me that kicks in and does practical things to help when things get bad, and my conclusion was that everybody here has their own little inner helper thingummy that has done the same for them in even bringing them here. So perhaps congratulate yourself a bit on that significant step.

I can't reinforce enough too what Janet said about your meds. There's a reason why there are so many types and so many different doses available: it sounds to me as if maybe yours isn't quite right yet -- and that's a common enough thing. (It's all a bit hit and miss to begin with, but that's all extra information for your doc that should make him or her make the prescription better next time.)

And, oh, I'm with you on the little house with the garden! Unfortunately I chose a duff profession to make giant leaps there...! Lots of training that led to me getting a loan. I'm still renting :( On the plus side, I now have the job I wanted, the money's beginning to make a real difference, the loan's about a year from being paid off, and my flat's really quite nice -- and was unfurnished so at least I know that I have my own things around me! I always try to locate public gardens and parks near to where I rent so that at least I can go off and enjoy a bit of green somewhere. And of course I have full control of the phone too!!

Sometimes we have to start with real baby steps before we can ring the big changes. Maybe make a list of all the things you'd like -- house, type(s) of job, etc -- and then every day do just one little thing that moves you in that direction (like looking up information about jobs and/or training on the net or in a library -- libraries: hugely underrated: nice and quiet with no phonecalls for you!!). Ever little thing you do will help make the bigger things slightly smaller and more manageable.

And remember that there are always people here who can lend an ear (or bombard you with advice like I seem to be doing! ... I'll shut up now!)

Take care,
Rosie

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   Posted 7/26/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michelle,

How are things today?

Rosie x

michele_beth
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   Posted 7/27/2006 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
hi rosie, things are going okay today. it was sweet of you to ask how i am. ( : i got myself to go outside and take a little walk, which is a big thing for me ( : tomorrow i go to my psychiatrist, which makes me nervous, so i've also been thinking and worrying about that a lot today and tonight, but i just have to get past it tomorrow and then it will be okay.

one thing my psychatrist told me to do, was make a list of jobs that i would feel comfortable doing right now. i have decided not to go back to college right now because i don't think i am ready for that again, and my parents won't let me stay at home if i don't get a job... but the idea of a job REALLY scares me... i think it's just the pressure and the people and living up to the expectations and having to do it day after day and waking up early, just seems like A LOT. so i guess i was wondering if anyone has any ideas about jobs that would be good for people with social anxiety and depression... i was thinking like stocking shelves... but even that seems scarey to me... but any suggestions would be good for me to think about if you have any...

i hope that you are doing well ( :

michele

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   Posted 7/27/2006 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michelle,

When I was very low once, I worked as a library assistant (the type you don't need library qualifications for!). I restacked books (less scary than stacking other stock, I reckon, when you're nervous that you might break things or something, and gave me some exercise: I had very toned arms that year!); and I inputted details for new books (quite interesting sometimes, and finding yourself interested in things is really important at this kind of time); and I worked short stints on the counter checking people's books in and out (what's nice about that is that it breaks you in very gently: there's always an easy something to say, like "oh, this looks fun", and I noticed that if I just pushed myself to greet everyone with a smile and a hello they did the same back and cummulatively it made me feel so much better). In time, I even realised that I was good at customer service and I did stints on the reception/helpdesk and helping people with problems was really rewarding too -- never very big problems, and nice to feel I could solve little things. I ended up loving my time there -- still think fondly of it and know it was not at all time wasted.

I worried a lot before I started counselling recently. -- In fact one of the first things my counsellor said was "Are you ok? You look quite ashen." -- !!! But it's been so helpful for me (as has coming here). Just get yourself there and don't worry about the content of the session: that will take care of itself.

I'm doing pretty ok -- still have bad moments, but feel as if I've turned a mini corner in the last few days. Being here has been wonderful for me. I actually had a really good laugh last night with postings in the anxiety-panic forum (with, not at, I hasten to add!!) as well as with some of my favourite T.V. shows.

So nice to hear from you, Michelle. Keep posting :)

Rosie x

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   Posted 7/27/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I know only too well how hard it is to go for a walk but you did it and that is a massive achievement!!!!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!
Hope all goes well with the psychiatrist...
Take care
 
Chuckle
 
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KSL mom
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   Posted 7/31/2006 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Michelle-Beth

When I went through my panic attack I had all those same feelings. I'm sorry you are so young and going through this. The wonderful thing is you are reaching out to those of us that can relate to you. Hopefully give ou guidance and encourage you. There is hope for you. We are the proof of that. Remember the first med is not always the right med. It may take a little investagating from your doc to find the right fit for you.

I hope you are having a better day. Trust in others.

KSL MOM yeah  


stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/3/2006 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michelle, I have not joined in here because I was on vacation. How did your appointment go and how have you been since then. When I started reading this my first thought is that you do want to get better and that shows because you came here looking for help. Others have posted the same think and I hope you can see that.

I have posted this before but when I was at my lowest I made sure that I did something positive everyday. The thing I did was make my bed. It seems like such a small thing but it was a positive step every day and it allowed me to put one positive step on top of another positive step. I am so impressed that you took a walk!! Keep looking for your answers and keep making at least one positive step, even a small one, every day.

michele_beth
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   Posted 8/9/2006 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
thank all of you for you kind words and advice... i have a new question now. does anyone else feel like depression is worse during the day and then once its dark out, it's like there is a little relief?? does this happen to anyone else, and does anyone know why? and how to feel better during the day? i have tried to cope with this problem by sleeping all day long, but that only seems to make things worse, obviously... sometimes i just hate everything so much during the day i just don't want to be here anymore... but then once night comes, i start feeling a little better...

wmnak
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   Posted 8/9/2006 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Michele - glad to hear from you!

The day/night thing may or may not be related to the disease, but I can tell you how my granddaughter deals with something similar. 

She is a couple of years older than you.  She has had her days and nights mixed up most of her life - getting up for school was always hard, as was going to bed and sleeping.  Her internal clock is just different from everybody else's.  She is in her 3rd year of college now - all her classes are late afternoon or evening.  During breaks she finds jobs where she can work at night.  She sleeps during the day and is both active and productive at night.  Children are forced to adapt to the clock and to 'normal' schedules.  As an adult, my granddaughter is able to accomodate her own needs ... I don't know how she'll manage if/when she has children of her own!

I don't know if this will help you - but if nights are better for you, then you certainly are not alone.  Take that insight about yourself and turn it into something good.
 
:-)   Martha
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