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Re: hanging in there Lorraine

Posted by shelliR on October 8, 2001, at 19:15:13

In reply to Re: hanging in there shelliR, posted by Lorraine on October 8, 2001, at 10:59:33

Lorraine,
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> > Yes, the choices are awful. Be depressed or be obese and non-sexual.
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> I agree with you here. As for the "I'm tired of trying", my son's pdoc would say "so what, keep moving." Not very sympathetic, but his point (which should appeal to you because of it's lack of touchy feeliness) is that some of the things we think when we are depressed are not useful. In fact, he believes that you should pretty much ignore any thoughts you have while you are depressed or anxious and just work on altering your mood. Once your mood is in place, the thoughts will follow. Anyway, I am playing with this concept. When I think a depressing thought, I note it and file it away. I think it helps.

Just wanted to say, I think your son's pdoc is right. I think once you make the decision not to kill yourself: for whatever reasons (and there are plenty of good ones), I think it doesn't help me to think about the depression. I don't really think about altering my mood, but I am trying to do exactly what you are, letting depressing thoughts fly by without letting my brain catch them. There really doesn't seem to be any benefit in going over them. I felt the worst I ever felt in my life in my early twenties, just during one year; I don't remember exactly what year. If I had ended my life then, I would have missed so much.

Shelli


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