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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
hi ,ive  experienced depression,stress and anxiety for about 20 yrs,to top that im also a staff nurse in psychiatry in the uk.when i had episodes when i was younger i thought at times id never come out the other side but did so many times.ive had numerous counsellors for different issues and one two therapy groups.ive learned from all of it ,none of it was eas y ,but looking back was worth it and to be honest has made me the person i am today and thats good i think.its also helped me be a much better nurse at times well in touch  with the people i cared for at work.i  still have times when  low moods try to get the better of me and have panic attaks etc.i look  after my 4 kids and try my best to look after there wellbeing especially emotionally.i try to be the parent that i didnt have but have also started to appreciate my parents for  some of the good they did and not punish them for the bad.this sounds like a happy ending,i suppose you could look at it that way.i prefer to see my way of life as a management thing.i manage one day at a time and dont always beat myself up so much if i cant.i try and get support when i can ,as in the past ive lost  friends and apartner because it was too much to cope with i think i drove them away.i look after myself spiritually something i wouldnt have contemplated over 5 years ago and more.boy does it make a difference i went for healing and eventually trained as a reiki master healer and teacher and am currently training with the national federation of spiritual healers in the uk.i believe in  the support of those in spirit and guardian angels and call on them when im in need of support.i ve learned many lessons in life and probably learn a few more before im done.
i dont know why i need to share all this with you all but i have.take care.....tigereye in the uk

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
hey tigereye,

i'm in the uk too - i read ur thread as it was called ups & downs, i'm up & down a lot of the time!!

it sounds to me like you've had some really hard times, and you have come thru and now are helping others!!
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."

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   Posted 6/18/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, we sometimes have to experience things to have compassion for others with depression issues. I think that we grow from it and that it makes us stronger in a sense.

You guys have a great day.

hugs, Karen...
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   


I understand exactly what your saying, the nature of this disorder is to have ups and downs.  It is nice when you have a lot of ups in a row but a long strecth of down days may happen and you must always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Take care


Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression 
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