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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 6/7/2005 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm new here. I have been dealing with depression for almost 20 years, I'm 31 now. I thought I was doing well and finally getting my life on track a year ago, I was halfway through a college program that will hopefully start me in a new career. But this past year has been awful. There has been a lot of bad things happen in life that's out of my control - major family illnesses, a friend who died in a plane crash, among others. I know all of that would be hard to deal with in the best of circumstances, but it's really sent me on one heck of a major downward spiral. I'm on meds, I've been seeing a therapist, and I'm still going down. I haven't been this bad in almost a decade.
I just don't know what to do. I'm flunking out of my school program (I had been almost a straight A student). No matter what I've tried I just can't seem to get back on the road to improvement. I know I won't get better overnight, but I just can't seem to find those baby steps in the right direction.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks just for listening.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 472
   Posted 6/7/2005 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, T and welcome,
Have you thought of taking a break from school and trying to help others by working at a community hospital or a childs hospital? They are always hiring. Sometimes if we turn the scene around where you are the needed on instead of the needy, it can help. Just a thought.
There is no such word as can't. Can't simply means wouln't. Grab as much as life as you can. Future is a long way away for those who don't believe. Don't build a foundation of life on sand. It will take it away with the tide. Love a little more, be unkind a lot less.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 8616
   Posted 6/7/2005 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Teresa,

Sounds like you are doing two very important things to get better. I hope your classes are out for the summer. Are they? I would hope that a break from school over the summer would be very beneficial.

One great bit of advice is "one foot in front of the other" . . . every little step counts. Sounds like you are really trying to make this work. You WILL get better, but you have some grieving to do too. That is never fast or easy. Keep posting and reading. Some great little tid-bits of motivation and resolve show up on these boards.

Hey Sue . . . what a wonderful idea!! I bet that would make a person feel better!

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 6/7/2005 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   


That is really good advice. Actually, I've been working in hospitals all year long - I'm a nursing student.  :-) I am going to try to continue working through the summer, but I am not taking classes, I know I need the break.

I have found that working with patients can be highly rewarding work. This past quarter I've been working on an obstetrics floor and taking care of all those new babies and families has probably been the only reason I made it this far.
Thank you for your advice, too. I'm trying, but today was one of those overwhelming days, you know?
Thank you both for your advice, it's nice to know that it looks like I'm on the right track. It can be hard to judge that for yourself sometimes.
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