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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

A few days ago I posted on here about having severe separation anxiety regarding moving into my apartment. Any big life change like that causes me a great deal of anxiety which usually lasts for at least a couple of weeks. With it often comes mild to moderate depression because I'm too worried to enjoy any of the usual stuff that makes me tick. This is my third such 'bout' of anxiety, the previous two being in February of this year and November of last year respectively.

However, this time around I've noticed I'm doing something different. I've been dealing with the anxiety now for about five days and the depression just started to settle in a couple of days ago. This time, rather than despair whenever I think about what the next day is going to be like, I've been telling myself, "You aren't really depressed. You're sad because you're worried. It's all a side effect of that first moment of anxiety on Sunday." While it hasn't done much to lessen the anxiety, I find I've been less depressed than usual! :-)

Not sure why this is working, but it is. Sort of a self-imposed version of CBT, maybe?

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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I realy think this one deserves to be in the Thread about our successes

You have done awesome I am very proud of you ...........

Kudos to you for being less depressed and getting it done ...............
keep us posted plz
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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   


Good for you!  You know over the years I've noticed that any change in my thinking, from negative to more positive does have a difference in the way I feel.  Start using this more and more and use it in all situations, challenge the negative thought and replace it with a positive one, you will feel a difference.  I'm thrilled for you that you've discovered this and will be able to use it to help your situation.  You'll get through this.  Maybe you could also try to tell yourself that your just anxious over a life change and that you just need some time to adjust, and that it is a normal reaction for anyone.  It really is you know!  I think anyone would be somewhat anxious about a move like you've taken right now.  Be kind to yourself for a while and you'll be ok!

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/23/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to both of you for the kind words. :-)

I'll definitely attempt to use this more and more. My ultimate goal for when I get anxious is to be able to say to myself, "It's just change. You've been through this before and you're still alive."

*crosses fingers* I hope this works. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

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   Posted 8/23/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Soon Blue

Congratulations, that is awesome news. You are doing excellent. I am so proud of you.  Keep it up and please do post in the positive thread as Lyn suggests. You are an inspiration to all of us.

Special Hugs to you. ((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))

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