Hey Hopeful, you hit the nail on the head there. I am dealing with my grief at the loss of loved ones this year, but moreso I am trying to deal with the regrets I have in life.
You said in your post My therapist pointed out that I am likely grieving much more than just the loss of the marriage but the dreams that went with it and all of the other hurts that came before it. How are you getting though this?
I thought I had put my past probelms to bed. I confronted them head on and 'resolved' them, but right now they are back and visiting me tenfold. In the past I have dealt with my depression myself, looked at each thing that makes me so sad, worked on either removing the problem, working it out or accepting that it is out of my control and moved on, but this year has been so tough and I can't seem to break the depression into manageable chunks. I am the one that is usually the calm in a crisis, but I just can't rise to the challenge at the moment. I have certainly found out who 'my friends' are in my family because of it and that hurts.
I worry about everthing, even the stuff that is out of my control. I worry about what people think of me, I want everyone to be happy regardless of how that makes me feel etc. I have had enough now and stuggle to justify those feelings - of putting me first. I wanted to become a doctor but circumstances didn't allow it, now at 34 I am really angry at those who played a part in it not happening. My parents made me homeless at 13, my education went out of the window, I was raped, I nearly starved to death and was hospitalised because of it etc. I thought I dealt with those issues, now I feel that I am perhaps having a mid life crisis - does that mean I will only live to 68?? Something else to worry about!
I have dealt with my depression in my own way since I can remember, but this year just seems to be too tough to go alone. Some of the members at HW gave me that push to go to a doctor (thanks) and now I am on meds. I am due to go back to the doctor tomorrow for a follow up and all I can worry about is how I do not seem to be dealing with the actual problems. I am not sure I know how to any more, I feel that I am giving up the fight and just accepting that my life should be full of tears and sadness. I know deep down that that is not right, life is what you make it and I just don't seem to be making much of it at the moment and that makes me feel worse. It is a vicious circle of my own creation.
Oh, what to do... I'm ranting again, sorry.
Thanks for your comments, they do help.