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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2006 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there -
I know that there are some people out there who have been struggling with their depression for years like myself.  I'm wondering what it is that keeps them going day after day?  I've been going in a downhill spiral for awhile, and I'm getting to the point where I don't feel like coping anymore.  I'm 34 now, and I've bottomed out a couple of times in my life, once when I was 20, the last time was about 6 years ago, when the absolute worst relationship I could ever have ended.  Since then I've used the FEAR (**** everything and run) to keep myself away from people, all the while craving some human companionship.  I do have a couple of friends and a very supportive family, but since I'm using FEAR, I keep moving, which allows me to stay away from people.  My nearest friends are in Oregon, and I'm in Wyoming.  During the summer months, I keep myself distracted by backpacking, hiking, and doing outdoor stuff, solo of course.  During the winter I've hibernated in the past.  Hibernating is much easier when you live in a large city.  This year I don't have that luxury, and so I've taken up skiing, which I do find enjoyable.
My last move landed me in a small town, working at a place where there only 4 other people working there.  Personality counts a lot, and mine isn't cutting it.  My bosses are being kind enough to me to allow me to find another job without firing me, but they've made it clear to me that I'm on a short leash, and also started the paper trail to justify terminating my employment.  I'd be screwed if that happened.  I'm looking for work elsewhere, but I now realize that I can't work in small places, because happy outgoing people do better in small places, not quiet, anti-social people.  I try so hard to play the happy role, but apparently I'm not as good of an actor as I thought.  So that cuts down my options.
For years I've been telling myself that something will change.  Occassionally I make a connection with another person, but they are few and far between.  It's like I'm wearing a "STAY AWAY!" sign on me.  I'm getting to the point where I'm thinking that something won't change.  On top of all that, I was recently diagnosed with an illness that seriously curtails my diet, which even furthers my lack of connections with others.
So again I ask, what do others do to keep themselves going?  I admire the strength of others, at the same time that I wonder what drives them.  For the last few years I've been telling myself that it is not a matter of IF I suicide, but a matter of WHEN I suicide.  I'm not in danger right now, because I've taken the proactive measures of getting a new psych to get me on some different meds, and I'm going to try counseling again.  I'm hopeful that something will change, but of course when I find a new job, I'll have to move again.  The cycle continues.
So what do you do to keep going?  What helped and what didn't?  What words of wisdom do you have for someone who is going down in flames?

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   Posted 12/19/2006 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I really have learned to just face one day at a time. By looking at it that way, I am able to accomplish things in baby steps. Much like the movie What about Bob. He accomplished alot in the movie by just placing one foot in front of the other.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.


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   Posted 12/19/2006 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too. It's been since 1997-1998 since I've been extremely bad. Now I'm "happy" and married and my depression (and weight) and drinking is out of control. Maggie O

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   Posted 12/20/2006 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi bear, it sounds like your doing a lot to keep yourself active and motivated.  However, I wonder if you’re seeing a doctor or psychiatrist for these feeling that you’re having?  Are you taking an antidepressant?  If not then I would highly recommend seeking out treatment.  Depression is very serious and shouldn’t be ignored or thought that you alone can control it...this is why the suicide rate from depression is so high.  It doesn’t have to be like that when depression is completely treatable. 

Please do seek out some help and in the meantime I am going to leave some links for you for you to save to your computer if you wish...I hope that you do and I also hope that you will use them if you ever feel overwhelmed and that your life is spiraling down into this direction.  Please know we are always here for you...Take care Beartooth


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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/20/2006 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i know that a lot of people on here feel the way you do, its been two years since i bottomed out completely, and although in this time i havent felt brilliant, ive felt ok. of course ive had bad days but since being put on prozac by the doc, im feeling much better.

Sometimes when im down i try to find at least one thing i still like doing (or at least dont hate!) and spend my time doing that. Also try relaxing, have a bath, take a gentle walk, treat yourself to your favourite film/book etc.

im sorry this is such lame advice but i think its difficult to explain how you get through yet another day, but somehow we do, or we wouldnt be here. I find posting on here very helpful, and reading others comments useful. i guess its just a case of one day at a time, or if thats too much, one hour at a time or one minute. baby steps, honey, dont rush yourself, take care. we are here for you any time x

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   Posted 12/20/2006 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello beartooth
I'm so happy to meet you. I try focussing on one day at a time. When I wake up the first thing I do is create a small list while drinking coffee of what I will TRY to change today about me. Little things like help someone on here, laugh out loud at least 4 or 5 times today. If I don't sucide I don't punish myself by thinking or feeling I failed and I remind myself I can try again tomorrow.
I was forced out of the job market a little over a year ago due to other medical problems which has put me where I am now with the anxiety and depression. I have always loved people and being around people but it seems the more I am not getting to be socialable around people the more I dislike being in a croud of people but I'm working on that too.
We have to remind ourselfs that the mind is a very powerful thing and it can make us who we are good or bad but it's up to us to fight to be who we want to be so I keep fighting.
I hope this helps you out some and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers because I know you can over come this someday and become the person you want to be. 
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way                                        



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   Posted 12/20/2006 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions, and just for caring enough to respond.  One day at a time is really the only way to take things for me.  In the past, living that way helped.  It is so easy for me to forget what I've done in the past to help myself.  Right now I'm just seeing a bleak future, even though I know it doesn't have to be.  I try to use cognitive behavior therapy to help myself when I think about things, but it is so easy to just forget all that I know, and allow myself to fall into the hole.  If only I could remember that I am the only one who can make myself depressed.  Reading the posts from others who are going through the same things as I am helps me because everyone has a different take on things.  The amount of strength and the drive to survive is so strong in some people that I can't help but be jealous.  Perhaps I'll get that drive back soon.  I really hate being depressed.

Elisha -  Thank you for the links, I will keep them around, and hopefully never need them.  In answer to your question, I am on meds, but next time I see a doc, I'm going to try something else because the Welbutrin XL just isn't cutting it anymore.   I'm working on getting some counseling.  I just decided that it might time to try it again recently, and have been trying to get something going.  I live in a small town, not many counselors around, but I will persevere and get some professional help.  Thanks for caring.

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   Posted 12/21/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to hear that bear...you are a strong person, hang in there :-)

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   Posted 12/21/2006 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Bear, I'm right there with you. Do you have family to spend the holidays with? You are in my prayers.
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   Posted 12/25/2006 5:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Great input Els and others I learned some things myself thru yout post sis
Bear you are strong as they are saying and I know you will make it
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One Day At A Time...........and
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