Posted by Elena Latici on March 29, 2000, at 18:46:56
In reply to Re: Depression has made me stupid, posted by kellyR. on March 28, 2000, at 21:05:37
Perhaps one of the most insidious things about depression is its ability to make us believe things which are not true. While the illness and the effect it has on one's brain chemistry (or resulting from chemistry gone awry) can certainly make you FEEL as if you've lost your ability to reason analytically or to express yourself verbally, it doesn't actually destroy one's talents.
I have been through several episodes of severe depression and recovered as, indeed, I am recovering from one now as I write this. In a way, I've found my thinking process and writing capabilities (I am a professional writer, or was once and will no doubt soon be again)have sharpened. Having been down at the bottom for so long so many times I've developed a better bull**** detector and trust me, it does wonders for my ability to reason.
So don't add to the horrible feelings you are presently experiencing by fearing a general loss of mind and self altogether. They're right where you left them eagerly awaiting a reunion with your perception.
All best to you,
> Hi all,
> > My depression has caused me to feel extremely stupid. I've lost all analytical reasoning abilities, my memory is terrible, and have lost my common sense.
> > I cannot articulate myself at all and my writing skills are gone. CAn anyone out there relate to this?
> > Very scared,
> > Ned
> Ned,I'm in the same boat,I've been back to work now for a month,& it seems to be hard to do things,remember little things,I wonder if they think i'm stupid or just lazy.I'm tring very hard to keep on top of my job & if they can't see that then they can go to hell.Try writing things down so you don't forget it,& take one day at a time.