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  1. Yes it seems to be helping quite a bit. I am doing a lot better. Spending time on the forums is also helping. Thanks for checking on me.
  2. I am also thankful for the forum and all the support I have been given here.
  3. Yes I do. I get comfortable with the depression. Not that when I am in depression I like it in any way. But I do get used to feeling that way. I also get anxious when I feel start to feel better. It’s like I am afraid to hope in good times. Actually hope is hard for me. I am really trying to work on this. Anyway you are definitely not alone here.
  4. I know for a fact that this is your depression speaking falsehoods to you. It will do this any way it can. And you have taken a huge step in the right direction by choosing, through pain and exhaustion, to reach out for support here. I have read that you go to therapy. What type of therapy is it? There are many different types. Some work better than others for specific individuals. Do you take any type of medication? There are so many avenues to take. You can look into emotions anonymous or depression anonymous. Keep pushing forward. One step in front of the other. I see a brave mother reaching out for someone to grab her hand and help her keep stepping forward. You have found the hands here.
  5. I would look more to how Jesus actually treated and talked to people instead of those who call themselves by his name. We are all human and make mistakes. But, He is the standard.
  6. Good place to start would probably be The feeling good handbook. This book deals with cognitive behavioral therapy. It also has a lot of other information. There is also one called the happiness trap. This deals with Acceptance and commitment therapy. I have only read the illustrated version. Both helped somewhat. I have found a lot of help in any of the books by Dr. Claire Weekes. Short and sweet. Most of these center around anxiety but do talk about depression as well. Anyway I hope this helps.
  7. You have taken a first step by reaching out. I am pretty new to this myself but from reading the posts on here I would say that your first step would be to visit your doctor. I know that you don’t have insurance. But I think that would be the first step. If that just is not possible maybe look into your states mental help services. Depressed anonymous or emotions anonymous are also helpful. Both have websites and may have meetings in your area. I am new to this too. I thank you for reaching out to this forum. There is support for you here
  8. First day back on Effexor. Takes some time for these to work. I thank you all again for your comments and support.
  9. I definitely have to make a conscious effort to start eye contact. Then when I have made initial contact I feel as if there are magnets dragging my eyes away and I have to really try to maintain eye contact. I will look anywhere than the eyes. It can be done. But takes a lot of mental effort.
  10. Thank you so much for your advise. I have been on Effexor before with pretty good results. Well good enough to think I could taper off. That only lasted six months. And here I am
  11. Hello everyone. I am currently on my fifteenth year of depression with piles of anxiety on top. I climbed to the tops of the mountains. Looked out over the vistas before me. And found no local support groups for depression. That actually amazes me. So, I climbed back down and, well, found you guys. That’s a good thing. Anyway just reaching out. I am in a depression right now but managing fairly well. In about a week I am going to my primary care physician to start up some antidepressants, again. I feel like I might be hurting my chances in therapy which I do every other week by starting the meds again. Anyway, does anyone have any advice about this? Does getting on antidepressants make it harder to work out your stuff with a therapist?
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