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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 7/26/2005 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there HW community,
First off, I'd just like to say that HW rocks!  scool   It's been very helpful to me and I bet to many others too. :-)
Having gone through a couple of rough months and finally being able to see that I can get better, I have a question that I hope others can respond to: How have you been able to move on from being depressed?  Was there a particular reason and/or motivation?
I feel as if I am getting back to "normal" but there's a sand dune that I can't seem to climb over.  I feel that I'm moving on (keeping busy) only because in fear that the depression could tear me down again.  Or rather, that I'm just trying to keep busy so that I'd have something to do and not let the thinking take over.  I know that I one day might find that needle that I've been looking for, so I guess the actual question I'm asking is: Once you get depressed, do you think that the feeling/knowledge of being depressed, hinders your life in any way in terms of moving on?
I hope that makes sense....

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   Posted 7/27/2005 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi MaWie,
I think that your post makes perfect sense and I think that everyone here (including me) has that same question. I look at it this way... people have different strengths on how to handle things. I am a kind of person that takes a lot to heart, very sensitive. I have my good months and bad months but I know that the chemical imbalance causes me to relapse into depression while others can get through things without worry or sadness or anger.
I'd like to think that there is a cure out there for me or that one day it will just go away but I have come to the conclusion that at least for me that isn't true. So what do I do? I take what I get and make the most of the best. Believe it or not, thinking like that now gives me better days. I no longer feel hopeless about my depression and in turn I have felt better more often.
I don't know if that was the answer you were looking for or hoping for but everyone is different and that basically describes me. I am so glad to hear that you have been feeling really better lately which is great to share because "happiness is contagious" :)
Take Care
Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Disc Degeneration
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it" - Mary Engelbreit

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 7/27/2005 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
That makes sense. I think that the knowledge you were depressed or have been could lead to negative thinking which could trigger depression. However I think that the thought you have left it behind and overcome it can be a great positive help. That last dune can be a measure of how far you've come instead of how far you have left to go.

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   Posted 7/27/2005 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think knowing I have depression prevents me from moving on. In fact I believe it helps me to move on. When I feel like staying home and in bed, I now can tell myself that is the depression talking and I know what I need to do to get through it. Sometimes it takes longer than others but I usually can pull through a bout with depression by exercising what I have learned over the past few years. Good luck and hope you continue to face the light.
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 7/27/2005 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I too fear the depression returning. I just remember how bad I felt a month ago and I don't want to get to that point again. You just have to take one day at a time. That's all you can do. If you feel really great one day make the most of it get things accomplished while you can cause the next day might not be the same emotionally. I know its that way for me. One minute I'm up and that up might last for days, weeks, maybe a month or longer and the next I'm down again. Sometimes its like that throughout the week but I just keep moving forward and I'm trying really hard to look toward the future and stop worrying so much about things that have happened in the past. That's hard to do cause some of those things that happened in the past made us who we are today and its hard to get over those things. You might say I hold onto a lot of bitterness and I'm ready to let go of that and find my happy self again. I know that person is there somewhere.
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