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  1. All of a sudden this seems to be a very popular genre. I've been turned on to this fantasy ever since I read Stephen King's "The Stand" almost 30 years ago. I LOVE the idea of civilization coming to a crashing end with just a handful of survivors. I believe that I would be in my element if this became reality (as a survivor, not a zombie)...that my depression would become part of my past. I especially like zombie stories which are so widely available now in digital format. They're fairly affordable, too. Besides *"The Stand," I thoroughly enjoyed Max Brooks' "World War Z" (the book, and although the movie adaptation was quite different, I still enjoyed it on the big screen). And speaking of the big screen, my favorite movies on the genre are "28 Days Later" and "Shaun of the Dead." Also, though Cormac McCarthy's *"The Road" is quite grim, it's an excellent read. Anyone else feel the same way as I do about the idea of your depression becoming a distant memory in such a scenario? Or do you just wish civilization came to an end? *not zombie stories
  2. There have been several posts on this topic. Here is one: http://www.depressionforums.org/forums/topic/77965-surgical-procedure-gives-new-hope-for-severly-depressed-patient/ It has not been approved by the FDA yet. I am 5.5 years into a DBS study at Emory University in Atlanta. Not only is the initial procedure very expensive, the battery replacement every 16 months runs $10,000. They've been talking about a rechargeable battery for as long as I've been in the study and still nothing. Those that have DBS for Parkinson's have a rechargeable battery, but it is due to there charge emitting at a much lower rate.
  3. Reading your post brought images of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." You are correct with the correlation of major depression and sh**ty memory. From reading your posts, I believe you to be young. I would be very surprised if you're present experience of having poor memory is linked to your depression. That's just my opinion though. I'm just about to turn 50 and I have been experiencing pretty cr**py memory for about 10 years now. Although it hasn't necessarily been getting worse, it is no less frustrating. Regularly learning new things and reading is good therapy, both of which I do (being a teacher helps greatly). However, I believe part of my memory problem has to do with having ECT (about a half dozen or so times...can't quite remember :) at one point.
  4. Hey Gravity, Though it's going through some serious growing pains in getting up-and-going, as far as I know, the affordable care act has insurance companies covering emotional emotional health issues. Go here to see what is available to you: https://www.healthcare.gov/find-premium-estimates/. Of course, your plan won't be covered until the new year. As for your question about "what therapy" is, in my experience there're basically two types: 1) talk about your family history and delve into that quite a bit, add to that your current experiences and feelings and 2) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (which I think Saros touches upon) "is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors." Go to http://www.nami.org/ and search cognitive behavioral therapy. I've done both, but never found a therapist that I truly felt comfortable with and/or felt like I was accomplishing anything. However, early one, I did #1 a lot and I did feel better talking through a lot of stuff. And not to be a downer, but finding a good doctor that you click with can be very challenging. Good luck to you.
  5. Hey Grovette, do you by chance live in a house full of cats? This time of year I often reminisce how I was at this time as a child...kinda miss that. However, I like buying stuff for my family members, but I usually just send the packages to my mom's where everyone ends up while I stay at home. I've actually become accustomed to being alone this time of year.
  6. Anyone here who has ever gone to a concert surely remembers how much fun they had. I used to go to shows all of the time. I really enjoyed catching bands in their infancy playing in small clubs or opening for veteran bands...The Police, The Cars, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, U2, Metallica, The Smiths, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Foo Fighters; not to mention so many other bands playing at their peak (Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Rush) or obscure bands that still put on incredible shows. I teach and when my students discover my age, they all say, "Wow, you're old!" I reply, "I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands." I still want to go to concerts, but I've isolated myself so much that I don't know anyone that likes to go to shows. And I've wasted so much money buying tickets ahead of time thinking that that will force me to go only to end up not being able to motivate myself to go. Oh well, at least I got to see all the cool bands.
  7. I'm totally on my own on weekends, but I've somewhat put myself there...isolating myself, although I know it's about the worst thing to do. I get home Friday afternoon from work and more-often-than-not, I don't step outside my house until Monday morning when I start a new workweek having spoken to no one other than myself. Back in January, I was somehow motivated to start exercising and doing Meetups. It lasted through the summer, but stopped once the new school year started (teacher). Anyway, it sounds like you want to do something with yourself on weekends. I highly suggest meetup.com. You may already know about it, but if not, don't think that it's a singles thing. It's a place where you can find like-minded people who are interested in doing similar things that you do or are interested in doing. I got involved with a hiking group and another that did a lot of kayaking. If you live in a fairly good sized town/city, you should have some good luck finding something there.
  8. Agreed JD I definitely miss the meals...turned vegetarian 20 years ago. Not having kids also helps our environment.
  9. It's more of a general observation of my personal experiences. If I knew exactly why I end up being depressed, I doubt I would have made the post. However, I do like what LaurynJcat and the others replied.
  10. I really don't like Thanksgiving and Christmas advertisements. The happy family all together, gushing over one another living the blissful life. Bah, humbug...not really, but watching those happy people make me unhappy. I'll be back to this thread in February to gripe about another Hallmark holiday. For those of you that struggle through this time of year, hang in there.
  11. I can't be the only person who experiences this. So many times I have actually followed through on doing something (dinner with a friend, a date, going to a concert, etc.), having a blast, only to end up being depressed after-the-fact. Someone said it was post-concert-blues (I told them I felt this way after going to a show). Well, whatever it is, why do something that'll be fun only to end up depressed? Anyone relate to this?
  12. I've never really been scared of the future, partly because I've never seen a future for myself. But that's more about the far future; as for the near future, I've resigned myself to not doing anything, so there's no fright in that for me...maybe the reason I don't plan anything. When I was younger, depression would set in if I didn't have something to do with someone on a weekend. There have been times that I was anxious about something that I had planned to do. Sometimes this led me to backing out which ultimately ended with me becoming depressed. Other times I would battle through the anxiety and follow through with the plans which more-often-than-not ended with me having a good, if not great, time. Iris, have your experiences of following through with something planned ended with a depressive episode? If so, then I understand your reservations. However, if it's just you playing mind-games with yourself, then just remind yourself of that, move on, and precede to have a good time.
  13. Thanks coyote No offense taken 7thHeavN...as for the glass analogy, is it that you believe the glass is empty and it is up to us to do something with it? If so, the premise is still the same, don't you think? JonoClouds, my weekends are what you live every day. I can imagine what it is like for you and it's a horrible place to be. Since you use this forum, I believe that you gain some comfort in visiting it...I hope so. Iris, I never heard the Milton quote before; I like it. And I know what you mean about those on the outside saying (and thinking), "Snap out of it." I can't imagine they say the same thing to someone with cancer. That's what I feel depression is like, a cancer.
  14. That's tough skithrix. If you have a Costco nearby, take any prescriptions there because they cost far less than other places. You won't need a membership either.
  15. Thanks henri Since you have 21 posts gravity, you should be able to get in now...20 posts are needed.
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