How Can I Forgive Myself for Feeling Depressed?

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   Posted 10/24/2006 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I have another question I am hoping you can answer somehow. Sometimes I feel like I am missing out on life because of my depression and social anxiety. I miss out on fun times with friends, connecting with family, really LIVING life. Instead, I feel like I am merely witnessing my life pass me by and I hopelessly don't know what to do about it. I am only 22 yet I feel so tired of life. How can I forgive myself for feeling this way? How do you deal with forgiving yourself for your depression?

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   Posted 10/24/2006 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Sunshine - you must not blame yourself for your depression. The first step is to realize that depression is an illness, not unlike any other illness. If you had diabetes you would take insulin. You would have to learn how to "manage" life with this illness. Both are necessary for recovery with depression. Have you heard of the serenity prayer? "God grant me the patience to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Take care.
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   Posted 10/24/2006 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunshine, Have you gone to the doctor to get any medications for the depression and anxiety dissorder? There are medications that can help for both conditions. If you have and still have not forgiven yourself, remember forgiveness is a choice. If you choose not to forgive yourself then it is you who is your own worst enemy. Love yourself enough to forgive and you are on your first step to healing mind body and soul. One way out of depression is to find someone less forntate and help them. Count your blessings, not your sorrows. And live up to your full potential by giving all you have in all areas of your life so that you can share with the world all the gifts that God has given you. Sometimes we can get out of depression by choosing to look at things in a different perspective. Good luck, Lesley

Joan M
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   Posted Yesterday 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya sunshine...I feel in some ways that I have "wasted" the last ten years with the vegetative depression though I did push myself as hard as I could. You have to "manage" any disease and none of them are easy. I also have allergy/asthma and that also sucks a lot of strength from your body and makes you tired, etc. You should be visiting with a doc and getting help. Though it might not seem like it right at this moment, you definitely can make major contributions with your life. Abraham Lincoln also had depression along with many other notable people.

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   Posted Today 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of the advice! It's so relieving to know that other people understand...

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   Posted 10/27/2006 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
The truth is that you are missing out on those fun things that you want to do. It does not however make you a bad person. Hopefully by coming here and truly seeing that you are not alone and you are not unusual, you will be able to find that forgiveness that you seek.

This is a wonderful and supportive place. Keep coming here.
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