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encourager101

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  1. I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time. I'm glad you're trying to get better! Have you considered taking classes online?
  2. I believe you can do anything you set your mind to do. If you feel anxious or like things aren't working, can you talk to your doctor? Or a therapist?
  3. Hey, standup, thanks for being wiling to share with us. I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time. I, too, was horribly frustrated that I couldn't control the way I felt. I did go to counseling, and thank God, the guy was really good and after two sessions realized I was having a medical problem and needed to see a medical doctor! That doctor quickly diagnosed me with a dysphoric disorder, and then began the fun of trying different meds to get my hormone levels to even out. It was a horribly frustrating process, but we finally found the right one! waHOO! It's been almost 10 years since my diagnosis, and I am so grateful that I went to counseling, went to a medical doctor, and kept trying meds until the right one worked. I'm not sure why God allowed me to experience all of that, except that I often meet people (both in real life and online) who are also suffering from some sort of disorder, and I can try to encourage them. I have a lot more sympathy for fellow suffers, too! The next time someone tells you to "just feel better" you can kindly tell them that just like you cannot tell a person with cancer to "just feel better," you also cannot tell someone whose hormone levels are off (or whatever is causing the mental problems) to "just feel better." I see it as the same thing. Hang in there, I believe you can find the right thing (either prescription drugs from your doctor or going to therapy, or both!). Check back with us in a bit and let us know how you are!
  4. Thanks for being willing to share with us. I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time. If you think it might help to talk to someone, I encourage you to call 1- 855-382-5433, and you can have a conversation with a licensed therapist. Maybe they could offer some helpful suggestions. Focus on the Family is an organization that offers this FREE phone consultation. Just make sure you call between 6a-8p Mountain Standard Time. And if no one answers, leave a message so someone can call you back. Hang in there! You can do this! Just focus on taking one day at a time. If you are comfortable telling the counselor where you are located, he/she might be able to recommend a support group in your area. Also, here's another website that might help: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/dealing-with-depression.htm
  5. I understand your frustration, and am glad to hear you're trying different things. I tried several different drugs before I found one that truly evened out my hormone levels. It was a horrible process (each one made me feel worse than I did before!) but I am soooo grateful that I did it, and that my doctor was patient in helping me figure it out. My relationship with Jesus Christ was also a huge comfort, and I often prayed for Him to get me through the dark days and show me the right thing to do. If talking to your current therapist isn't helping, maybe try someone else? I know Focus on the Family offers a FREE phone call to a licensed counselor, maybe that could help? If you call 1-855-771-4357 you can talk to someone! Just make sure you call between 6a-8p Mountain Standard Time. And if no one answers, you can leave a message so someone can call you back. If you feel comfortable telling the counselor where you are located, he/she might be able to recommend a support group in your area, or something else that might help you. Hang in there! You can do this! Just focus on taking one day at a time.
  6. I like what others have said here, especially what is " the advisability of you maintaining a text-only long distance relationship that has already been 2.5 years and could ultimately be 4 or 5 years. What are the benefits or risks to your emotional health? How can you maximize the benefits and avoid the risks? What can you do to improve your mental and emotional health and strength a little bit every day as you wait for your future happiness?" I think you deserve someone who is closer to you, and can communicate more effectively. Communication is the most important part of a healthy relationship. I encourage you to hold out for the right person, you are worth it!
  7. I'm so excited for you that you're thinking of going back to school to finish your degree. That will give your days structure, and give you a purpose because you will be working toward a goal. Sometimes I miss being in school because I liked the structure so much. Hang in there, and if you feel like you could benefit from talking to someone, Focus on the Family is an organization that offers FREE phone counseling with licensed counselors (seriously!). If you call 1-855-771-4357 you can talk to someone! Just make sure you call between 6a-8p Mountain Standard Time. And if no one answers, you can leave a message so someone can call you back. Hang in there! You can do this!
  8. I think it's great you want to talk and understand how you're feeling. If you'd like to talk to a licensed counselor for free (yes, free!) you can can call 855-382-5433, thanks to Focus on the Family. Just make sure you call between 6a-8p Mountain Standard Time. And if no one answers, you can leave a message so someone can call you back. Hang in there!
  9. I'm sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. I'm glad you're still with us! Sounds like there's a lot going on. Like others have said, I also think that when people hurt you and can't make time for you then it's time to move on and make some real friends. You're worth it! Have you considered making a major life change, like moving to a different area, changing jobs, or having a great adventure? (Like skydiving, or visiting a foreign country?). That might help! Hang in there!
  10. I'm sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. I don't think God ever makes us suffer, though, He allows it (see the story of Job in the Bible! Satan had to ask God's permission to afflict Job!). Paul said in I Corinthians 10 that He will not allow us more than we can bear. I invite you to take comfort in that! God knows you can handle this. Do you think it might be helpful to talk to a counselor? I know Focus on the Family has a free counseling line at 855-771-4357. That’s maybe something to consider as you process through everything you’re dealing with. Please call, no one should have to suffer alone!
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