Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:51 AM
But for now I will just share how I am doing.
A few days ago I really felt like I was starting to slide back into the grips of depression. I was terrified at the thought of going back to the place where I was emotionally a year ago. Where the days were endless and I had no hope of ever being happy again.
I talked to a good friend of mine (who also has experienced severe depression) and she challenged me to accept and embrace my depression. I have to admit, I wondered what the heck she was talking about!! how could I embrace something that I hated, that I battled and fought with, that has had such negative effects on my life!
But then I started really thinking about it, and googling 'embracing depression' and 'accepting depression', and a number of thoughts came to my mind...
WHAT IF...I stopped seeing my depression as a personal flaw and started accepting it as an illness that I suffer from? That if I had a broken leg or heart disease or diabetes or cancer, I would not personalize it and beat myself up over it.
WHAT IF....I stopped being afraid of the 'what if's'?? what if I chose to just accept today, and everyday for what it is.
WHAT IF...I challenged my negative thoughts, and instead of telling myself what a weak person I am- to tell myself some positive affirmations and truths?
Soooo, this is what I did, and it might sound kinda hokey or silly..but whatever:)
I lied down on my bed. I closed my eyes. And I started telling myself some things that I know to be true. At first, the critic in me (who lives in that small corner of my mind) started scoffing me and trying to tell me what I was doing was stupid..but the more positive things I said, the quieter the critic became.
I said to myself things like "I am kind", "I am a good person", "My illness does not define who I am", " I have more control over my thoughts than I realize"...and just went on and on.
I did this for about 15 minutes, and after I stopped I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me.
Now I am not naive enough to think that I will not experience moments of depression, or that I can stop taking my medication or going to therapy..BUT I was thrilled that there is one more thing that I can put into my 'toolbox' of ways that I can manage my depression.
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:59 AM
Mental Illness is a serious health condition not to be trifled with. It requires treatment by highly trained, experienced, qualified and Board-certified physicians, physician- specialists, and mental health professionals. There is no substitute for this professional care. I am not a mental health professional, only a fellow sufferer.
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"A man is really ethical when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to help, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves compassion as valuable in itself, how far it is capable of feeling. To him, life itself is sacred. He shatters no ice crystal that sparkles in the sun, tears no leaf from its tree, breaks off no flower, and is careful not to crush any insect as he walks. If he works by lamplight on a summer evening, he prefers to keep the window shut and breathe stifling air rather than see insect after insect fall on his table with singed and sinking wings. If he goes out into the street after a rain storm and sees a worm which has strayed there, he reflects that it will surely dry up in the sunlight, if it does not quickly regain the damp soil into which it can creep, and so he helps it back to the lush grass. Should he pass an insect which has fallen into a pool, he spares the time to reach it a leaf or a stalk on which it may clamor and save itself. Animals suffer as much as we do. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. " Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." Dr. Albert Scheiweiter.
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