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Re: I actually enjoyed myself.

Posted by SLS on May 16, 2009, at 6:22:49

In reply to Re: I actually enjoyed myself. SLS, posted by Kath on May 15, 2009, at 21:58:39

> Hi Scott - that's wonderful news!!!
> What a huge shift. If it happened once, it can happen again.
> Yay for you!
> love Kath


One neat thing is that I wasn't feeling particularly well biologically that day. So most of my success came from psychotherapy and doing "homework".

I don't think I have mentioned this before, but I once sustained a 100% full remission of my bipolar depression for well over 6 months. During this time, I became depressed about stuff, just as would any otherwise healthy person. When I lost a lover, I got depressed about it for awhile. The psychological depression that I experienced then felt - was - completely different from the bipolar depression. I almost enjoyed that psychological depression because I could work through it. I was able to process the issue psychologically and emotionally, and then move on without depression. I felt strong and empowered getting depressed and being able to deal with it such that the depression disappeared.

Again, the biological depression and the psychological (situational) depression felt completely different. I think it is helpful to recognize that using the work "depression" can represent a wide variety of etiologies ranging from the 100% biological to the 100% psychological, most of which fall somewhere in the middle with relative contributions by each.

- Scott




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