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  1. I just want to say that this forum has helped me a lot since I joined last year and many people here are so incredibly nice and supportive. Thank you all for being so wonderful. I suddenly feel like saying this here because I want to let you know that I have already grown familiar to the presence of many of you and the more I get to know you the more I care about you and want you to be well and be safe. Of course this is different from real life friendships but still we are connected in a unique way and sometimes I think about the people and their sufferings here even when I'm not on the foums. We have helped each other through the darkest times and that really means a lot. Sometimes I doubt if I would still be alive today if I didn't find the generous support here at the times when I needed it the most. For that reason alone I have grown attached, not in a bad way, to this community, regardless of whether it is "real" or not. One thing I know--that we are all real people underneath, and what we are going through is real. So if something happens to any of you, or if anyone here commits suicide, I would be truly, deeply sad. It would be devastating because our fate seems to be connected, via this *%^&*ed ailment. Therefore I wish all of you well, even though I'm often too weak and selfish to actually do anything. But I do care very much about you, and I'm so very grateful for all you've given me, which is missing in my real life.
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  2. I searched their department website. They have a clinic. I will check them out. Thank you for the suggestion.
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  3. Nothing has made me laugh today except for this thread! Thanks, guys.
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  4. I'm not scared of dying. I'm more scared of living. As far as life after death I'm not sure. I do know my mom saw my aunt's soul go out of her coffin and up into the sky when they were taking her to get buried so does that mean there is a heaven? I don't know but it does give the heaven idea a pretty strong case. My mom wasn't just crazy when she saw the soul come out of the coffin. Other people saw it happen too. As for hell honestly I think this might be hell we're living in. It sure seems that way sometimes.
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  5. DarkRain

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    Freaking out over paper assigned today and due by the end of the week. Argh! I hate college. I hope my meteorology class next quarter won't be this stressful. It probably will be. At least I get to take an online creative writing class.
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  6. Thanks to all of you who took the time to consider this with me. I think my fear of being in a relationship might be lessened if a family member or friend set me up with someone they knew well, but that has never happened. I don't know why - I've made my availability known to all of them. It's the "stranger/danger" thing that wigs me out. But it's more than that, too. I also, like many of you, can't conceive, really, the concept of living with another human being. I'm not antisocial, just set in my ways. I like calling my own shots, and maybe I don't want to have to give that up too. It's just that it's hard to weigh the pros and cons when you've never been in a real romantic relationship anyway. And it's true, society does think you're odd if you're my age (about to turn 46) and still single. Out here on my internship, I've had several people openly wonder why I "haven't found a man yet." I usually tell them I'm just picky, but the truth is more like, "I haven't been seriously looking." I'm sure that if I choose to remain single, as a future pastor I will probably either be asked outright or suspected of being lesbian, which I am not. But as frustrating as fielding those questions and enduring those suspicions is, I can't help but wonder if it's worth it to not have to deal with all the stuff I've been talking about. Am I resisting facing my emotion - yes. I admit that. But am I ready to do something about it? Nope.
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  7. HRiddle

    18+ People

    Aghhh..anybody else here also thin-skinned? I just cried profusely over a minor criticism somebody made today and don't even understand why. I can never handle criticism without crying afterwards! I don't really "take offense" but usually feel terrible about myself when people don't talk to me gently. It's like my heart is made of glass and my skin is made of paper. I hate feeling so fragile! By the way I love philosophy too and almost majored in it. But I think it somehow contributed to the outbreak of my depression...
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  8. here's something to cheer you up. i read this in another forum relating to benzo withdrawals but some of them apply to AD start ups too: best things about AD start ups 1) Save big money on vacations- A trip to the mailbox or to the grocery store is an adventure on its own. Will you panic, will you freeze up, will you sit down and cry...who knows what's around that corner. 2) Relive your ill-spent youth- start up can feel like a bad LSD trip. Might as well live it up. Crank up that old Woodstock album on the turntable, put on your best pair of bell bottoms, stick some flowers in your hair, and peace out. 3) Your computer skills vastly improve. You'll spend so much time on forums and researching AD start ups on the internet, your speed and efficiency will double in a month. 4) You won't waste valuable hours of your life sleeping. You'll now know the exact time your morning paper is delivered. If you watch out the window at night, you'll learn the interesting habits of nocturnal animals, and see what time your neighbors go to bed and get up. 5) Exercise? Who needs no stinkin' exercise! Your muscles will feel like you just ran a marathon, yet all you did was get out of bed and go to the bathroom. 6) Save money on vitamins, supplements, herbs, coffee, and alcohol- basically everything you USED to enjoy. All of them rev up your symptoms so you can't take em anymore.
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  9. I just read a good article on why SSRI's make you feel so much worse in the beginning. To put it really simply, as you start taking the medication, your brain senses that more serotonin is becoming available, so your own brain kind of shuts down production of serotonin, I guess to protect itself. After a period of time, your brain gives up and the receptors open up to the increase and then comes the moment we all wait for... starting to feel better. It still stinks, but it helps me think I am not totally losing my mind even though it feels like it.
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  10. I've been searching for a depression support group and the lack thereof is pretty depressing. I love irony but I'm disappointed, frustrated and surprised that I can't find a support group in person. However, that failed search is what lead me here and I'm grateful to have discovered this community. If depression is one of the most common emotional challenges people face, shouldn't depression support groups be common too? I don't understand why this kind of help seems to be so hard to find.
    1 point
  11. Lindsay

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