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Depression Journal

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#1 DarkSideoftheMoon


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:17 AM

Does anyone keep a depression journal, or just a journal of their thoughts? I've tried starting one, but I can't seem to get my words right or really express what I want to say. Can anyone help?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:33 AM

Yep sure do, well have given up on it too, but being doing it for a while and it really helps once you start to use it more and more.

I tried just doing the write things out and keep it all neat and tidy, but it didnt reall work for me.

I write more in note form and some time there are drawings of how (well smiley's anyway) I feel or I write words really large and bold, because thats how I feel. On a good day it will be all neat and tidy and written well but on a bad day its like a giant abstract of words and pictures. Sometimes I just write a word in the middle and put arrows out of it with thoughts. Others days, I might write it in dark bold red, because I am angry or on other days, all coloured. This is way works for me.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:09 PM

Yes, I use mine as an art journal so it has random lots of images cut out from books, color or drawings, and I do random things like burn the edges of the paper etc.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:40 PM

I used to keep one. Its messy, whats written there often does not make any real sense, its just current emotions, what IŽm afraid, what goes through my head at the moment, how am I going to make it through the day; I talked to myself in thisr person, in "me" form, I was someone else in some other time/planet/life etc. etc. It was all rather schizophrenic (no offense, I canŽt find a better word to describe it). Honestly, there is no specific form for a diary like that. You just start doing it and after a while youŽll see how it turned out. I had a notebook with white pages and a really pretty picture on it. And a lock :hearts: You know, the kind of diary little girl would buy.
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:12 AM

J kept journals for years and still have all of them. It's a great way to release the bad thoughts or express the good ones. Some days it would be one word; otherdays it would be pages. You don't have to write it in everyday. You don't have to be organized with your thoughts, put down whatever comes in your head. The only one reading it will be you (unless you want to share it with your tdoc) so it doesn't always have to make sense. Use a pencil or a ball-point pen as the pressure as you write will also help you.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:56 AM

I think I'm going to give this a shot. Maybe it will help keep my thoughts organized.
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 11:25 AM

I have kept journals for years, and I too keep them all. I am currently on about volume 15 or 16. I write every day, sometimes just a sentence or two, sometimes pages. I write about the thoughts, feelings and emothions of the day. Or sometimes it is just a paragraph of what I did today. But I find that when times are really bad I can go back in my journals and read the enrties from when I was doing better, and it reminds me that not every day is totally horrible. It has been very therapeutic for me and I would never give it up. Remember it is a personal thing, whatever you want it to be.

Edited by rehill, 24 August 2008 - 11:26 AM.

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