Isolation is a killer...

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Old Hippy
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a new member--glad to have found my way here. I have lived with major depression for yrs. It has only been the last 10--that I found myself isolating more and the point, that I have become a recluse.  I have always had a social anxiety disorder, but found ways to deal; even though my social life was <admitedly> pathetic... One would think after all these years--I would have progressed further towards recovery,  but seems like I am regressing  and free falling into oblivion.  I am struggling to leave my apt; just going shopping has become stressful. All I can say is-- people underestimate depression and all it's ramifications... Noone should have to suffer alone... My heart goes out to all of you who feel alone--even when surrounded by friends & family... take care all...

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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
hi welcome to healing well. you have found a wonderful and supportive site. are you seeing a counselor? are you taking any meds? if not i recommend you talking to a counselor as they can help you.
The only person who can make you happy is you. Be your own self and love who you are because each and every one of you are wonderful for who you are
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.

getting by
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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey you old hippy,

I am one too... Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. You have definately come to a good place. We all get together and help eachother.

Yes isolation can be a killer. I stayed in bed for two years due to depression and fibromyalgia. I honestly listened to life go on through my bedroom window. It was hard. but I am better now. Thanks to the help of medications. I finally found what was right for me. No doubt though I still have my moments of isolation. But I just go with it and allow myself to be alone. If you love yourself, it makes it easier to be alone. I am quite contented that way. Sometimes I could go without seeing people for weeks and it doesn't bother me, but I do have the forum which helps.

Gradually get out a little more each time. That is if you are uncomfortable with being alone. Take it one day at a time. And do baby steps. You will get there. Just remember the comfort zone. Don't push yourself into somethin gthat might make you feel uncomfortable. Though if you do, you can always leave and go home or to some secluded spot where you feel comfortable.

I wish you the best. Have a great day. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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Old Hippy
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for responding... It has only been a month since I have had a computer---which has enabled me to reach out to others and I, daresay, may be the very thing that saves my life... Before, going out in public caused anxiety attacks which were disabling and frequent. Not being able to communicate with others has taken a toll on my health. I too, have fibromalgia & old age arthritis which is <also> underestimated as a debilitating disease... I have a med doc, but psych meds aren't always effective and I cannot afford a whold range to choose from. Anyway, thanks again for listening & take care all...

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   Posted 4/23/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
here for ya too old hippy. sending healing prayers your way. with compassion, jamie. me medically challenged too!!

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