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Re: Finances, messy rooms & messy minds..oi vey

Posted by Adam on November 15, 1999, at 15:30:02

In reply to Finances, messy rooms & messy minds.., posted by dj on October 23, 1999, at 16:08:16

I'm not sure if this is in the spirit of the thread, but...

Depression can be expensive, man. It's hitting home as the end of the year approaches, holidays mere weeks away. The combination of hospitalization,
weekly meetings with a psychotherapist, less frequent but regular meetings with a psychopharmacologist...26 visits from my HMO just didn't cut it
very well. A big part of my "therapy" has been broadening my social circles, getting out, having fun. Living in the immediate vicinity of a rather
pricey city (and lets not even get into absurd rents and commutes and blah, blah, blah), well, there aren't too many square dances and bean suppers
at the grange in these parts. Success is great, of course (hey, I've been invited to go backpacking in Colorado, long ski trips in NH and VT, weekends
on Nantucket, mountain biking, rock climbing, concerts, movies...). My therapist says "Go for it! And see you next week!" My wallet says "ouch".
I also think of going back to school, having my own place, saving for retirement (yikes, did I say that?). Oh, this year has just been a killer. I've
been on such a wild ride, and now settling into a groove, money rears its ugly head. I've felt at times a little hedonistic excess was in order given
a very long anhedonic stretch (on the good days), but the reality of my illness and the costs to treat it...well, it's hard.

I don't know if this has a point. Christmas draws nigh, and I want to spoil my neice. I want to spoil myself a little. And stay healthy. It will all
work out in the end, I guess. Depression, and its effects, don't seem to ever quite go away, even when I feel well. Money's just another reminder of that.

> There have been a few threads on these issues, recently, though I've lost track of them. What I am curious about is if anyone has come up with solutions to them -- particularly the finances -- that are working well for them.
> Janice does the 10 minute clean-up routnine plus balances her fiances every day or week (forget which). Bob & I think Racer have both gotten credit & debt coaching. I'm curious whether this has helped & whether anyone else has come up with any good solutions for this. My apologies if you've noted this & I've missed it...
> And last but not least I'm interested in succesful strategies for personal organization & for everday and career issues. Memory cues & tools, etc., short of getting your vagus nerve wired &/or wiring oneself with a range of drugs?
> Takers?




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