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Re: Suddenly suicidal, scared, and still medicated...

Posted by Messy on May 17, 1999, at 12:27:36

In reply to Re: Suddenly suicidal, scared, and still medicated..., posted by Phil on May 16, 1999, at 7:37:36

2 ideas

1. massage

A lot of M.D.s will tell you this does not work,
but I found it helped me. If medication by
itself does not entirely treat your depression,
try also getting massaged, maybe once a week.
If that's too expensive, try every other week,
or find a massage school and get a student to
practice on you. I have not tried the massage
school idea myself. Human touch seems to help
one feel better. I found I was more comfortable
being massaged by someone of the same gender
as I am. If you live in the U.S. then the
laws governing licensing of masseurs vary from
state to state. Make sure your masseur is legal.

Snuggling an affectionate sort of dog
will sometimes have a similar effect if people
make you too nervous. The puppy shop in your
local mall will let you play with their puppies
for free, within reasonable limits. Animal
shelters also work, but the danger of wanting
to adopt the dog is greater, especially if your
living situation says you can't.

I don't need massage as much anymore because my
beloved hugs me a lot.

2. what else changed?

Also, if your feelings suddenly change, look at
what else changed in your life. Some people are
sensitive to subtle things like what they eat
or what kind of light bulb lights the room they
are in or how their environment smells or how much
background noise they have to filter our. Has
your caffeine or sugar gone up, for example?
Does the fact that days are light for longer
affect you at all. Many people get less
depressed with more light, but I don't see why
there might not be an opposite effect for some
people. Are you getting a lot more or less
exercise than you are used to? Again, most
people are more nervous with less exercise, but
don't hurt yourself by doing too much too

No, I am not medically trained, so follow my
advice only using common sense, caution, and
medical advice as appropriate.




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