Posted by maxime on July 31, 2003, at 22:47:35
In reply to Re: Would like everyone's opinion.... » maxime, posted by galkeepinon on July 31, 2003, at 16:45:58
> Hey Max, You said>>> "If you feel like you depression descended upon you, like something attacking you and you feel like you have been singled out. Then it might be as result of events in life. If you feel like the depression comes from within and is a part of you and you can't remeber a time when you didn't feel this way then it is probably a chemical imbalance".
> I CAN remember a time when I didn't feel this way-many, many, many times, so it was interesting that you said the first staement as it applies to me a lot. Addictive personality traits run in my family, as do anxiety and a little OCD-not horrific, but it's interesting you mention "life events" because I feel that has put me where I'm at today. Regardless of who, how, or why.
> So what do you think is the best way to solve this, get past it, and move on???
> And nope, you'll get no pounces from me:)
> Thanks for a great post, hope to hear back,
Thanks! I don't think you can get past anything or move on because it will just hit you in the ass later on. I would "think" that if you identified which situations caused the "flare up" then you would want to look at how you dealt with and then how you could deal with it better the next time so you don't get stuck in a pattern.
You could either do this with a therapist or on your with the help of cognitive behaviour therapy books. There is a book called the Depression and Bipolar workbook or something like that and you can do only the chapters or sections that apply to you. Think of it as adding it to your tool box for coping.
I also think this is a good way for anyone with depression or anxiety to learn better ways of coping no matter where the depression comes from.
Again, this is just based on personal experience and observation of others.