Depression-living in the past. Is this a real condition?

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   Posted 7/9/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from anxiety, panic, OCD and depression. I take generic Serzone 3x per day and it's about the only med that has worked.
For many years I have been suffering from some sort of melancholy/bittersweet/living in the past depression. All I ever think about are the "good old days" like when I was a child or when I was with my ex husband. I think of my grandmother who is gone. I love to ride through my old neighborhood, etc., but then I am so sad afterwards.
Is there a name for this? Does anyone else have it?
Also, I have had nearly the same dream for many years and I know it means something too.
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   Posted 7/9/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I had an answer for you. My depression is recurrent from mistakes from the past and being unable to forgive myself. Just the opposit spectrum.
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   Posted 7/10/2007 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Unfortunately I am the same as Randy. I have problems dealing with past events. Although if it works one way round, I dont see why it shouldnt work the other way around. Im sure I have heard of people living in the past before but it is a very dim and distant memory which probably means I saw it once on the TV about 5 years ago! Your doctor may be able to tell you more. Im sorry I can't help any more than that.



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   Posted 7/10/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I tend to live in the past at times,and have to really work hard to bring myself back to reality.

I have alot of nightmares,and it takes me a good hour after I wake up to realize that I am safe and my life is happy.

I think I always go back to the past because that is what has caused my depression,and I am trying to deal with it.
I wish there was a magic pill that could just make me forget about it,or a time capsule that I could travel back and make it all better.

It sounds like you have alot of good memories from the past and be thankful for that.

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   Posted 7/12/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Greyhound,

I was interested in your post as you said you take serzone. I used to take serzone 550mg but my Dr. took me off of it as some peole on it were having liver failure.  I didn't know there was a generic but then I went off it 4 yrs ago.  Do you think it is helping you?  I thought it helped me a lot and was bummed when I had to switch but am doing OK on current meds.  Still have many days when I am very down.  Would really appreciate hearing from you about the serzone.

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   Posted 7/12/2007 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have problems with the past and it really adds to my depression. Hell, maybe it's the cause -- my inability to move forward and never look back. Other people find it so easy. When I think about the past, I think about moments I'll never have again, people I'll never see, and mistakes I can never correct. Not a good thing to dwell on this.
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   Posted 7/13/2007 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I do the same Cyborg. I have times where I shudder at the mistakes that I have made..or just start reliving in my mind the bad things that have happened to me.
I do not know how to turn it off. I wish there was a magical pill that we could take to make all the bad memories go away.

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   Posted 7/13/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have that same feeling daily. I dont know if I am being a revisionist or if the past really was so much better. I stay up night after night replaying old movies in my head- good moments I want again, and bad ones I wish never happened. This is human I bet, but its so easy for me to dwell on it because I'm depressed. Maybe if I thought the future would be better, I could focus on it... but I still feel so negative about what tomorrow will bring. I do really think it is natural to always think back to a time when you were "happy." Maybe it will help us not to repeat those "mistakes" in the future.
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