Holiday Depression

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   Posted 12/19/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Every year it seems that I find myself doing the same dance. Window shopping....for all the things I wish I could buy for other people and can't. Or wish I could do but can't because of my physical disability. I also have depression and am bipolar which just adds on to the stress. It is suppose to be a time of "JOY" and HAPPINESS and yet there are so many people even in these post who are un happy. I've tried making cookies and singing songs to the radio and looking at the wonderful tree in our house. I feel like I need a jump start or something. My brother died in 08' and I miss him so much and I know he is with the angles....I just want to be happy and pain free for Christmas!

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   Posted 12/19/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynx,
What kind of pain do you have?  I have fibromyalgia and am always in pain, but I try not to think of it, often I don't even notice it, but other times I do. 
I know that it is hard when we can't buy things for the people that we care about.  I think Christmas is so commercialized myself.  Money, money, money.   They want you to spend it all.  And making gifts isn't always easy either, especially when you are disabled.  But try to think of the true meaning of the holiday.  Being with family and friends.  Loving eachother and caring. 
I know that a lot of people get depressed during the holidays and after they are over.  It is hard, but we all come together as a group here and try to make it work.
Keep posting, and remember we are all here for you.
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/20/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I hear you. That has been my Christmas wish for years now too. I wish to get rid of this horrid condition called fibromyalgia. I want it gone so badly. And I'm convinced that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder too. I get so much more depressed during the winter...especially because it gets dark so early. The darkness makes me depressed. It's weird and hard to explain really. As for Christmas gifts, I always want to buy bigger and better things then what I can afford too. I live by scraping means and it's hard. But I'm trying. And that's all we can do, our best. :)

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   Posted 12/20/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, fibromyalgia is the pits.  Living with it everyday and the fatigue, well, that is just plain overwhelming.  I am lucky though, I am doing a lot better than I was years ago.  And I think medication has helped me a lot.  Plus some determination.  I spent about two years in bed though in the beginning and missed out on a lot of living.  But I do have a really good psychiatrist and he got me on the right medications for me and now I am working part time.  So I guess I have come a long way.  But I do understand the daily struggles with it, as I still have them.  I hope that you feel better soon. 
I understand wanting to get things for those that you love at Christmastime.  I do the same, but we have to use dicapline and only get what we can afford, though we would want to do more.  So don't feel badly if you can't buy the things that you would like to for people, they understand.
I hope that you had a good day today.  I worked and am just now getting relaxed.  Take care.
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/25/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
me, all about management. even happiness for people with depressive illnessess is tough. it's a foreign thing at times, i go with the flow, in all aspects of life. we can not be down and even up all the time, but i go for the middle ground, yes this is managed also. sounds a tad clinical-but it is effective for me. me a lot of medical issues also. keep positive and remember to live in the moment and one day at a time. with understanding and compassion. jamie.

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