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Re: Have you noticed how selfish depression is?

Posted by daisym on October 13, 2005, at 19:34:38

In reply to Have you noticed how selfish depression is?, posted by crazy teresa on October 12, 2005, at 19:10:25

I think it might be "self-centered" instead of selfish. It is hard to see other people's wants or needs when it is so dark and deep where you are. I tend to think of therapy as selfish -- the cost and the time and the amount of intraspection I do because of it. But I think it has also helped me to reach out beyond myself and share more of myself, good and bad, with other people.

I think depression is really misunderstood by people who haven't experienced it intensely. I'm still shocked by my inability to motivate myself into high gear and actually get something done. I think sometimes through sheer force of will I can pull out of it. I guess I don't have enough will-power.

I'll throw another question in here...Do you think suicide is selfish? I would have said yes a year ago -- my brother-in-law killed himself nearly 20 years ago now and my husband has never really dealt with it. I thought then he took the "easy" way out and I had no understanding of the pain he must have been in until now. I guess now I think of it again as "self-centered" but something that isn't done *to* other people, but without regard for them. Does that make sense?




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