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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, and thank you for reading this. I have no-one to talk to in person right now, and there are things I really need to throw out... I feel like I'm losing my mind.

My friends and I co-author a human rights blog. We write about abuses worldwide and are not afraid to name and shame countries and governments. Of course, when people from said countries catch word, the trolling begins. We moderate all comments manually, so whenever it's my turn, I get to see all the hateful crap that people throw at us (think much harsher versions of "[expletive]ing Americans, your country is the worst, leave [my country] alone!"). Some of these flamers even go so far as to make allegations about me (going from "mean" and "creepy" to words I won't even bother to type here). And here's the "fun" part: I don't know these people. They're just some random idiots hiding behind a nickname and using a spoofed IP address. Part of me KNOWS I shouldn't care about what they have to say... but for some reason, I do. They're biased and using the "NO U!!!!" argument, and the fact that I can't change their opinion is frustrating to the point where I have to get up and kick something because I'm so mad. That's right, folks -- I try to educate people, one troll at a time. I'm asking for it, aren't I?

...The thing is though, what me and my friends are doing is for a good cause, or at least that's what all of us believe. Our traffic is growing, we have a lot of supporters already, and we're thinking of gathering all our research and publishing it as a book. I can't pull out, even though this whole spamming, flaming and trolling thing is becoming so frustrating that it affects me offline, too.

Now, I'm no psychology major or anything of the sort (I majored in Journalism), but I'm pretty sure I let other people's opinions affect me so much because all my life I've had low self-esteem and I tried to validate myself through the opinions of others. My mother always used to crush any initiative I had: I wanted to go into singing (I had a pretty good voice when I was a kid), she said my voice was "average" and I should get my head out of the clouds and be reasonable; I wanted to try and publish some of the many stories I wrote, she said it was a waste of time and money and I should study hard to get myself a "real job"; I was winning national writing contests at the age of 16, and all she cared to mention was what a horrible daughter I was because I "never did anything useful" and wasted my time with things like writing, singing, painting and hanging out with other kids who shared my hobbies. The only time my mother said she was proud of me was after I was officially diagnosed with depression (I was 17), and I could tell she only said it "just because"; she didn't mean it. She was just afraid I'd kill myself after I told her that it was all her fault. No matter what I do, I just can't seem to get any sort of validation or approval from her. I guess that's where it all begins. Oh... and there's no reconciling with her. I'm 26 and she's still being a "no" person - nothing's ever right for her: my job, my hobbies, the man I chose, my blog, even the fact that I'm finally close to accomplishing my dream of publishing a book. We hardly talk anymore because of that, but somehow the absence of communication makes me even sadder.

Anyway, back to my point: nowadays, one negative opinion weighs infinitely more than ten positive ones -- and for the love of all creation, I can't understand why my brain is wired to think that way. Is this normal? Is it because of my mother, or do I just have a victim mentality I can't get rid of? Should I keep trying to educate people, or am I just wasting my time or my sanity? Somehow... I'm really wondering if anything I ever did so far was worth the effort, or people will just remember me as "that weird woman who never smiles".

Hopefully, someone here can help me get out of this mindset. I realize it's not good, and I want to change; it's just that, at the moment, I don't have anything to replace it with. Please... if you've had a similar experience, or if you know any resources that could be of help, reply to my message.

Once again, thank you for reading.

getting by
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   Posted 1/30/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Christa,
First of all, welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum.  I am so glad that you have joined us. 
It sounds like you are suffering from low self esteme, but the only thing that I could recommend would be counseling.  You are suffering from the same as may of us.  You have to learn to not let what people say get to you.  As you stated, these people don't even know you.  And you are sure to get some unhappy bloggers on your forum.  That is just a part of it. 
The problem with your mother, well, maybe she is a little jealous of you.  You sound very intelligent and you have many talents.  I think that you should expand them and keep moving on. 
When we are treated a certain way for many years, it is hard to get out of that rut.  So I think with a little counseling, you could go far.  We tend to believe things that people say to us, which is bad I know, but it happens.  So check out a counselor and see where you can go from there.  Or even get a book on self esteme, there are many out there. 
I hope that you realize that you are a good person and that you have a lot to offer, and as I said before, many talents.  It just takes practice and positive thinking.  You can do this.
Best wishes to you,
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 1/31/2010 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
hi christa, jamie here, male, 37.
i do not know my father, although he has a brilliant mind. had 2 kids, left mum in the lurch, went around australia and wrote and published many childrens novels. became a severe alcoholic, his family sent him to our armies boot camp, went to vietnam and through complex training and academia became a medic. he came back and became seriously unwell and went to lakeside for 3 years straight and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. me his son, i have a dx of mdd and severe borderline personality disorder, and after complex therapy it is deemed that my affect (behaviour) has a predisposed element.
being invalidated is the worst, especially when it is from our peers. from what you have said, i definately feel that you should publish your works. i am sure that this validation would put a smile on your dial!! i too affirm well with writing, especially intrinsic poetry-definately not prose either. i enjoy academia and hold strong feelings towards the mental health injustices of my people, and i advocate strongly also. so my father has given me both effetive and affective dispostions.
for those that are of not concern, try not to take there sentiments on, from what you have said i feel it is somewhat give and take. life is very cause and effect, the problem is the stimulus-and moreso your response. do what you need to do in life, this is validating, success is measured in many domains; trying to get validation via spite only hurts you in the end. yes karen is right, you are an intellectual being of this earth, just remember that it is alright to fight for your cause, but remember that life and a wholistic one is made up many areas, thus live life and taste them all. with compassion, jamie.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 2/17/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Your mother sounds like mine, and mine suffers for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  A 4.0 grade average, high school sports teams, lots of friends - *the grades are expected; *you have 3 brothers for sports why does my one girl do them; * your friends only get you in trouble...  google it and read more and see if applies.  Reply back - have lots to share regarding subject as have justed started working my way thru understanding it and everythingeveryone  it has affected & how!smile   Lizzy in OH
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