Making a little progress!

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Elegy
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 9/12/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw my psychologist again yesterday -- had to drive an hour back to my hometown, but what we ended up covering was worth it.
 
On the advice from you guys (stronglady, Rosie), I brought up the anxiety/social anxiety issues and went into detail quite a bit more about my depression in general. I ended up crying about half-way through my stumbling narrative...but she made a joke about scratchy hospital Kleenex and nudged me away from the too-crazy emotional edge. Although I still feel awkward and nervous talking to someone about my problems (all my life I've been the person that others came to for help -- I'm so much better at listening instead of talking), I'm getting better...and I'm glad that I've managed to be more forthcoming, because I've noticed that I'm making progress.
 
I joined Tutoring Services on campus, guys! I signed up to be a tutor for a bajillion different English courses (that I passed in previous semesters with flying colors), and both sections of Elementary Spanish. I actually have my first meeting with a tutee tomorrow night...we'll see how it goes. I've also managed to hang out more with my apartment roomies...two of whom I'm becoming fast friends with. They're throwing me a birthday party on Friday -- I turn 21! I've also signed up for regular counseling sessions here on campus, and I met my therapist for the first time today. I'm excited about her -- she's very empathetic, and she's outlined a few activities we're going to try in future sessions...all of which sound like they'll help.
 
I know this feeling is temporary, and I know I'll be battling the depression every day...but right now, I feel like I'm making progress. And I'm so proud of myself -- something that I haven't felt in a while. Thanks for your continuing support, guys -- you're my strongest source of encouragement and commiseration. I adore you. :)
 


straydog
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   Posted 9/12/2006 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am Susie and I post on some other forums here. Iread your post and I wanted to simply tell you I am very proud of the steps you have taken. Its a very difficult thing to do to try and gain some control back once you feel every thing is out of control. Yes, I do suffer right along with you in the depression dept. I was a person that was always in control, well anillness has taken that away from me. I am still struggling with it 4 yrs later. I will say I think I have improved somewhat, but I have a long way to go.

Happy early b-day and enjoy your party.

Susie


CounterClockwise
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 9/13/2006 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Elegy, this makes me so happy -- what amazing strides you're taking. I know how you feel about usually being the one to give advice. Being able to listen to ourselves and others at times is what people like you and I need so much sometimes. You've done some wonderful things over the last few days (and weeks really -- all building up to this). I'm so very proud of you, lovely one.

Keep letting us know how things are going -- we're all rooting for ya!

Rosie x
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stronglady4me
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 470
   Posted 9/13/2006 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Elegy, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Most of us hope we can put together 1 or 2 steps forward but you took leaps and bounds! I have often said that there needs to be a cartwheeling emoticon for fabulous moments!!!

WOO HOO!! I knew you could do it. about the temporary thing. Yes, depression is a fact of your life but you have demonstrated here that you can take charge of it. It doesn't have to be a temporary thing even though you will deal with depression in the future. You will have ups and downs but your know what? "Normal" people have ups and downs too. It ain't nothin but a thang and you can handle it.

I am so proud of you and very excited about the wonderful things that you are doing. WOO HOO
Stronglady4me
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