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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/19/2011 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
SO GUYS HOW DO YOU COMBAT DEPRESSION?
 
ME. 1. MUSIC, 2. WALKING.
 
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   Posted 11/19/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Same, music and walking my dog.

Coming here helps me too.

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   Posted 11/19/2011 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
1. Find someone to talk to, someone who can listen to me talk about how i feel. that can be someone on this message board, or a family member or friend. if possible, someone who CAN just listen, and be supportive.

2. if i can't find #1, i write in my journal, and let the feelings and thoughts just flow, no matter what they are.

3. try and get out of bed each day, and eat and shower or take a bath.

4. try and find some activities that are soothing. this can be a bath for me, or other grooming activity, or something creative like making cards or cooking.

5. go easy on myself. some days all i can accomplish is getting up and doing the basics. some days all i want to do is sleep and rest. some days i am capable of going out and doing activities.
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manyembers
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   Posted 11/19/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
lol! I just wrote a ten mile post about it to beagleman. But if I try to say it in a few words, telling myself the truth and so thinking positive thoughts, reading the bible - I have copied some verses that are key ones for me that help me with that a lot.

Forcing myself to go out and be around people, even if I don't feel I have much to give. I find, once I'm there, I get encouraged by the love of others and also being around people who have a well adjusted approach to life (or at least seem to. lol!)

Go to church and sing and dance my prayers and praise to my Creator. It connects me with a higher reality than the pain of this world.

This is not recommended, but...shopping! :0) And of course, chocolate or a special treat/meal.

E-mailing my wonderful girl friends!!! And looking forward to hearing from them in a day.

Jamie, I think you are an example to us all here, how, even in the midst of your struggles, you keep FIGHTING BACK, and also support others with so much love and compassion. You're made of good stuff.

Take care everyone,

embers

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   Posted 11/19/2011 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
cheers embers!!!!!!!!!  scool tongue turn smilewinkgrin tongue scool turn   jamie.
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   Posted 11/19/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
That was a beautiful post by Ember's wasn't it Jamie??? I like the part about dancing. I love to dance. But can't very well. Do my own version of it when I am by myself. Crank up the music and dance.

My partner is a mop and a broom. lol...

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manyembers
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   Posted 11/19/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the smileys Jamie. Made me chuckle!

Karen, a mop and broom eh? You must be very co-ordinated. I dance okay on my own, but add anything else in the mix and you'd never know. lol!

Display, I love to journal. It is really helpful to put the thoughts and feelings 'out there' to look at them and process. I think you have very helpful coping skills in place and I identified with several of them as things that help me too.

Was thinking of Maggie today. I think she would add a gratitude journal to combat depression. I have never done that but think it sounds very good. Maggie, when you get back, know that we were thinking of you. You are in our prayers.

hugs, embers

Post Edited (manyembers) : 11/19/2011 8:11:16 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/20/2011 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
thinking of ya maggie. love jamie
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RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/20/2011 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
dancing is good. can still shake a bit. yes very good post embers. jamie

mop and broom karen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
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   Posted 11/21/2011 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
i see my therapist and psychiatrist.

i talk with my hw family too!!!! :-) jamie
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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   Posted 11/21/2011 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Reading and posting here helps me a lot. I look forward everyday to this.

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   Posted 11/21/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've noticed that doing some healing meditations and prayers is helpful. Feels good.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
excellent. take care, jamie :-)
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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Drowning it out with sleeping meds and Zoloft at the moment until I'm too out of it to stay awake any longer. Started binge eating. Just not a good week for me already, I can tell =(

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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
oh, feel better soon. here for you. with healing compassion, jamie
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RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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   Posted 11/22/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Topic!

I journal. I have 2, one for thoughts and also I have a Gratitude Journal. I try to write down atleast 10 things I am thankful for every day. I write poetry when the muse strikes.

Listening to music.

Making a list of goals. Can be long term, short term, weekly or daily.

Mindless entertainment like TV or Movies, but not anything sad or dramatic. Right now I am hooked on "The Walking Dead" and "Grim"

Hanging out with the fur babies.

Cleaning & Organizing things in the house if I have the energy

Prayer

Guided Imagery & Mindful thinking
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   Posted 11/24/2011 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I try mindfullness to try and combat depression. I am not doing a good job with it but it distracts me from my thoughts. I read books, I find when i talk to others I feel so hoeless, inferoior, and have nothing to offer. Also I used to do the gym, I will have to start again, I have had low energy lately. Good wishes to all.

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   Posted 11/24/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercise should get your energy levels back up. I hope that you do start going to the gym again. Try not to compare yourself to others. We all are different. There is no standard of the type of person you should be. You do a lot for yourself. You have a good job, you help your parents. Those alone are good qualities. I think coming here has helped you some too.

Keep working on the mindfulness. Practice makes perfect. That is something we all need to do. The more you try the faster it becomes a kind of a second nature, you will be doing it without even trying. It is so important to practice mindfulness, it can really make life easier. Same with taking things one day at a time. Youv'e got it right Beagleman. You have the tools, keep using them.

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misterkatamari
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   Posted 11/24/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I take medication (Prozac), and see a therapist.

I also play video games and talk with people online. When I didn't have the physical problems that I have now, I also exercised. I try and be less critical of myself, as much of my depression stems from my self esteem being low. When I let myself snowball on the self insults, it gets worse!
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

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