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Re: I wonder.... Mair and

Posted by likelife on April 29, 2003, at 0:23:47

In reply to Re: I wonder.... Mair and Dinah, posted by mair on April 28, 2003, at 12:21:36

> I vascillate between feeling that trying to unearth a tangible cause is a fruitless task, and yet also feeling incredibly guilty that there are no obvious explanations for my history of depression.


I've had these exact same feelings, though they torment me much less now than before. I think I largely agree with your therapist, that a mismatch can cause such things, but I also have come to realize that I have rationalized a lot of my family's behavior, that, though it is not pathological or abusive per se, in accumulated form, became quite stressful. I never wanted for anything material, but felt like I was constantly wanting in an emotional sense...and it's taken its toll. So, yes, I still tend to berate myself occasionally for not being "justified" in having whatever feelings I may have, but it's decreasing little by little. Causes for depression don't have to be as linear as they are when laid out in a therapist's textbook.

Thank you for sharing this--and no, you don't need a cause to feel as you do (and most likely, you can change the feelings without knowing fully about the cause).




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