Posted by noa on November 24, 1999, at 22:24:30
In reply to Re:Serzone AND THE BLUES(me too,CraigF), posted by CarolAnn on November 23, 1999, at 8:23:30
I find this discussion interesting. My reaction comes from how desparate I am to fight my depression. I have had to give up a lot of what we all might consider normalcy to do so. Things that may seem minor, like how I used to want to stick to meds that were dosed only once a day, to avoid the inconvenience of multiple dosings per day. Over time, my depression has worsened and become more treatment resistent. If I knew then what I know now, I would have treated it more aggressively right off the bat, because letting myself be depressed repeatedly probably has contributed to subsequent recurrent cycles. So, when I read your posts about not wanting to give up alcohol, my reaction is one of frustration. Is an occasional social dring so important that you are willing to feel depressed for a few days? I hate my depression so much, I cannot imagine choosing alcohol over relief from depression. My advice is treat your depression as fully as possible now. To the extent you are able, don't let yourself have more depression. It not only feels awful, it might actually be priming your brain to head down a progressively worsening course of chronic or recurrent depression.