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Re: Overwhelming sadness Tabitha

Posted by Penny on August 21, 2003, at 7:27:25

In reply to Overwhelming sadness, posted by Tabitha on August 21, 2003, at 0:32:48

I can certainly relate.

Do you have a 'toolkit' for things get like this? A friend of mine worked with her therapist to create a toolkit and I'm working on mine - essentially, it's just things that you enjoy doing when you're not depressed, overwhelmed, in the Pit, and you literally put things in a box or bag and keep them where you can see them so when you start feeling really bad you can just grab it instead of having to look for something to do. Because I know, for me, when I'm feeling like that, I usually end up thinking suicidal thoughts and not being able to function at all. My toolkit will contain things like a coloring book and crayons, my paint supplies, perhaps a book of affirmations or on thought changing (though that's usually the last thing I want to look at) and something almost totally mindless, like word search puzzles.

Distraction is the key - your going to a movie was a good thing, even though you said it only postponed how you were feeling for a couple of hours, as you know, this will pass as it has done in the past, so postponing is about all you can do right now. Try to be kind to yourself, try to distract yourself (can you rent some movies? are you able to read? do you like to paint?), and try very hard to give this time. It will pass.

Thinking of you.
P


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