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Re: I actually enjoyed myself. SLS

Posted by Kath on May 16, 2009, at 17:20:14

In reply to Re: I actually enjoyed myself., posted by SLS on May 16, 2009, at 6:22:49

> 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".

~ ~ It's great when our (what I call) tools work.

> 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.

~ ~ That is amazing! I didn't realize about the difference. I mean, I knew there was the brain chemical type, which my doctor explained to me was that I had had SO much stress, etc that it had actually caused my brain chemicals to change & the meds helped that part. This is interesting Scott, because I've never really thought about this in this way before.

> Again, the biological depression and the psychological (situational) depression felt completely different. I think it is helpful to recognize that using the word "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.

~ ~ ~ I really appreciate this post of yours!! Thanks. Do you think you're in a remission now then? That would be wonderful.

(((((((((you)))))) luv, Kath




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