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Re: Will it really get better??? mmcasey

Posted by shar on April 25, 2003, at 21:10:15

In reply to Will it really get better???, posted by mmcasey on April 24, 2003, at 15:16:47

Well, I used to have to answer this one yes, because I knew someone who got better, really better, like happy. However, I can now add my own 2 cents, which is yes and no.

I was a true believer that mine would not get better, ever, that I'd done the therapy and meds (for some 25 years total) and I was 50 (see suicidal ideation thread you started) and I was ready to bid adieu to living. Only, I had agreed with my therapist that I would not do any bidding adieu for one year as I joined a group she ran. We had great big fights about it.

That year was up January 31st, 2003. Obviously, I'm still here. What happened was NOT that I got better, but that life got better. My horizon shifted just enough...just make a difference. That was about December of 2002.

I won't go into vast detail, but I did want to say yes and no. You may never be your old self (if you had a happy old self that you remember), and you may not leave depression behind (I still deal with it), but I can attest to the fact that life may bring something your way that will change your horizon just enough to make it worthwhile to go on another day.

Good luck,

> I always hear that... "It will get better", "it's only temporary",
> "you have to be patient"....blah blah blah....
> But WILL IT REALLY GET BETTER? It never has gotten better
> for me. It has improved somewhat from time to time, but
> for years I can not say that I've truly felt happy or
> okay. No amount of medication or therapy has helped me
> ENOUGH. They've helped - therapy more than medication -
> but my basic deep down misery has never gone away. I
> don't know. I just don't know if I can believe that it
> will ever get better of if my whole life I will be fighting
> and struggling against this dark force within me.




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