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December 24, 2000
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I'm going through some changes lately(moving back home with my dysfunctional family-looking for a career,etc..) and I'm wondering if I had some stability, would I feel a bit more sane?

I thought I had a glimpse of hope that I was feeling better. But now I still have these symptoms that make me feel useless at times. I do not have any enthusiasm, I have to make myself do things to be part of the world, I feel dull, I have little self-esteem, I'm hurting inside while trying to keep cool and live a normal life. Maybe it's anxiety.

See, my mind gets all blurry-i forget the point of stories when talking, i feel slowed down and its hard to follow and keep conversation with people. Maybe its a form of a panic attack. I fear sounding stupid and that the blurry feeling will come back and then it does and I cant think straight.

What is the first step to getting help? I've tried counseling before, I went on Paxil for awhile, I felt fine for a short time and then felt ten times more horrible than before. Now I'm drugless. Is it possible to get help without taking drugs? I slip in and out of this mode rapidly. I just want to feel happy and confident again...Does anyone have any suggestions on who I should go to or what I can do?
By the way, have a great holiday:)!

December 25, 2000
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Think of God. Pray,meditate,exercise. Eventually you will get over it all. Give this bad phase some time.Goodtimes And Bad times come and go. This is the law of nature.

December 25, 2000
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Hey MSG, how about you, I and Skye hook up and start our own thread i.e. Spirit.
Blessings:):)^^(*)^^

December 26, 2000
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I'm a great believer in St. John's wort. It works for me.

Watch your nutrition, take a good multi vitamin, , exercise, keep a journal. Try to pinpoint what/who you allow to make you feel down and useless.

Get rid of all negetive thoughts. Pay attention to what you think and banish bad thoughts replace them with positive ones without fail. i.e. I feel useless" - "NO-I am not useless I can 1______2________3______4_____ and so forth.

A Dr. Amen has written a great book called "Chage your Brain, Change your life" He delineates thoght therapy, herbals AND pharmeceuticals.

The first step? Knowledge and acting on what you don't like.

If at all possible doNOT move home with your dysfuntional family...Unless you realize you need to put the FUN back in dysfundtional...TeeHee.

Keep in touch...let us know how you are.

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December 26, 2000
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U SOUND LIKE ME
SOME DAYS
ARE GOOD
OTHER DAYS
ARE SAD
LIFE UP AND DOWN
DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN?

THEN SUDDENLY EVERYTHINGS CLEAR
I'M FINE AGAIN, MY PATH IS STRAIGHT, NOT A STONE IN THE WAY.

ONE THOUGHTLESS WORD, ACTION OR CARELESSNESS BRINGS THE MISERY BACK AGAIN.
THEN I BLAME THEM ALL, SEE MYSELF AS THE SANE ONE.

THEN, BACK AGAIN I GO. BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF MY EMOTIONAL CIRCLE.

MY ANSWER, CURE, ADVISE. STEP BACK A WHILE, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE, PUT IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE.

AND FINALLY, LEARN FROM YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR UNIQUE.

January 7, 2001
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01/07/01
One important thing that you must keep in mind at all times is that believe it or not, you are in total control at all times of how you act, think, your emotions, the actions you take and the behavior that comes into play. If one can under stand that you are the one in control than there is no way you can make a wrong choice.

You must stop and think and ask yourself "what is it i really want out of life"! The you take time to think and make plans. Remember, you are a unique human being and the world is out there waiting for you---so get going!

Now I will admit that I am new to this type of helping (using the computer), but this is what I am educated in and this is what I work full time doing. Please let me know if I can help.

January 7, 2001
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Why does everyone seem to think they should apologize or rationalize taking meds? Why is there so much disdain for the medication route? As if that is a cop out, and the only real relief is in introspection, meditation and reformation? Can't we do both? Get some relief for the immense pain, some relief from the huge burden of our depression AND retrain our brain? Isn't it much easier to even WANT to get better if we have a little respite from our nothingness?

Thank you, I feel better now.

I agree with all the above advice, but I think if you found the right counselor, and a good PDr. you could get back on solid ground, and work from there. When I'm in the thick of depression, even commonsense things like exercise and nutrition seem inane, since I can't even get out of bed!

It's easy to just survive, right? The more challenging goal is to LIVE! (Or so some wise person quoted to me!)

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