i would love to know more about this ``coping skills cup'' idea... a number of really horrid things happened all before the age of 18 and I never got counseling until I was about 28... I have been described by one counselor as probably depressed most of my life. I am 44 now.
My current counselor insists I still haven't dealt with a couple of the major bad things. In 2006, I got pretty stressed out about some things at work and in my family and I went back into an anxiety and depression mode. I got back on meds and into counseling and I'm doing a lot better.
sometimes I feel just fine and since nothing really bad is actually going on (like unemployment), things are cool, though dreadfully dull since I can't manage to go out into the world very much. But then like if I miss a dose or I get shortchanged on sleep, I just feel really depressed again, and I hate how this stupid voice in my head sounds. I sound like such an a--hole when I start feeling down and get to complaining.
It's weird how I can drop off the deep end so quickly...
good night... I am going to catch up on my sleep and hope I feel more regulated in the morning.
my tip of the day: I know it sounds really trite, but you have to believe that tomorrow will be better. Even when I had my worst depressions and felt like doing myself in (I never tried to), things really were better the next day.
MK, Daisy's mom