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Meirionne

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  1. Hello Evening Bell, Welcome to DF. This is an ideal place to ''sound off, wail in despair and ask for advice'', so make yourself at home here. You are among friends . It can be very difficult for friends and family to understand depression and how to help, and I think a lot of us try to hide our feelings from others. This site is great because you can just be yourself and you can be honest about your feelings without being judged or told to try harder. I hope you find the help and support you are looking for. Take care, Meirionne
  2. Hello Taytay, Welcome to DF. This is a great site with lots of ideas and help. The good thing about the site is that we all know about the daily struggle of living with depression. As you mention the bad days are difficult to get through. There is always someone here on the bad days to give support. Have a look around the boards here and see what interests you. Take care, Meirionne
  3. Hello all, I did indeed enjoy my book and bath, and I have repeated it today!! I recommend it. Taysmom I am also a crazycat lady I adore my cats. I can just imagine them in a stroller, so cute. Tessar, I also admire you for the flying. I have done it before but not often and not calmly!! Suffer in silence, deciding to retire is not and easy thing to do. Would part time work be an option? In the end you have to decide what feels right for you and sorry that sounds such a cliché but it is true. I wish everyone a restful weekend and a calm week ahead.
  4. Thank you JimBow, I have learnt a lot from reading this and it makes complete sense.
  5. I do sometimes get overwhelmed by feeling of anxiety. I hate it. I was advised to try a mindfulness technique and it does help calm me a bit. I focus on 3 things I can hear... notice them one by one and listen to them. Then 5 things I can see.... really look at them one at a time. Then touch three things... focus on them carefully. I hope you feel better soon. Take care, Meirionne
  6. Hello Kree, Welcome to DF. I am sorry to hear about your depression and the problems suffered by your children. It is difficult to help your children when you are unwell yourself but you will get help here. You have come to the right place for support. If you look around the boards here you will find some that are relevant for you. This is a great site because there is always someone online to respond and to listen when you have a bad day. You will never be judged here because we are all sufferers ourselves. I hope you find the support you want and find friends here. Take care, Meirionne
  7. Books are essential to my peace of mind
  8. Hi all, sufferinsilence..... twins... what wonderful news!! congratulations! But yes a lot of work. Tire D Good luck with the diet! I am facing possible redundancy from my job and have to wait with uncertainty for next 6 weeks before I find out. Today I bought 3 bath bombs to cheer my self up, and was given a free face mask. So I am having a pamper weekend, and I recommend it. A lovely bath with candles and later a good book. Little things can help I am finding. Take care all
  9. Signature of all things Elizabeth Gilbert Only just started it but I like it so far.
  10. Hello Aperson, Welcome to DF. You are among friends here. We share your struggle with depression and we know the dark days very well. You don't have to say anything just read the posts here and settle in. Have you told anyone how you are feeling at the moment? If not I think you should let your doctor know so you can get some help. We are here for you. Take care, Meirionne
  11. Hello Evilpotsandpansrobot, Welcome to DF and I also LOVE that name! I really hope that soon you will be smiling and also feeling good. In the meantime we are here to listen and support you anytime it is needed. Take care, Meirionne
  12. Hello DownDave, Welcome to this site. I do not know much about mindfulness but it does seem very effective and I want to find out more about This is a great site and I am sure you will settle in here. You will always find someone to listen and support. Take care, Meirionne
  13. Hello Mylifeasadog, Welcome to DF and you sound like a lovely person be looking for this information and support. I hope you find what you are looking for here. I went through a bad episode of depression a couple of years ago. I am lucky (like your wife) to have a loving and supportive husband, but like you he was shocked at the change in me and my inability to cope or even communicate with him. At first he tried to get me to 'get a grip' and deal with the depression by pretending it did not exist in the vain hope that it would go away. Of course that did not happen. The truth is that neither of us knew what was going on or how to deal with it. When things deteriorated and I went to see my doctor and got medication, my husband was the main help in my recovery. I'm sorry you are getting this from my perspective. I know it was a very very tough time for him. He felt alone because usually we discuss all problems, and I was sunk in my own world far away. But I remember how calm and patient he was and how he was also firm. We decided that a daily walk would be a good idea. And he quietly insisted on this even though I usually did not want to go. The fresh air and tiny bit of exercise are what I look back on now as the key things that helped me recover while the medication was taking effect. So keep doing what you are already doing.........just be there for her every day. For me medication and CBT were the things that helped, but it took 2 types of medication before I improved. And I did go through a long time of denying the whole problem, which is why it got so severe and why it took a long time to recover. I hope that you and your wife find the help that I did. I hope you find information on this site that helps you and keep telling yourself that this is an illness that can be treated and things will improve. Take care, Meirionne
  14. Hello Aliveandirish, Welcome to DF and I hope you find the support here you are looking for. I also suffered from depression for a long time without getting help. The first medication I tried did not work, but the second really did help and I feel so much better now. So keep trying! Take care, Meirionne
  15. Welcome to DF. This is a great site and I hope you will feel at home here. Take care, Meirionne
  16. Hello Capybara, Welcome to DF. It is great that you decided to post. You have tried a lot of things and that shows that you ARE helping youself. The trouble with depression, as so many of us here are aware, is that it is often a daily struggle and the bad days are very bad indeed. This site is such a comfort because we all help each other, and just knowing that other people are going through this too, does help a bit. I hope that you find help here. Take care, Meirionne
  17. I'm hiding from the world today. Staying in and reading.
  18. Hello Mrsmeme, First of all welcome to DF and I hope you find the help and support here that you are looking for. I am so sorry to hear that you have been bullied. I have a sister who has alopecia and I know how difficult it has been for her so it must have been so much worse for you, with a mother who not only did not help, but actively made things worse for you. That must have been terrible. My sister's alopecia is always much worse when she is stressed. Is that the same for you? Your mother is the person to turn to for comfort and to make sense of the world, so if that person constantly tells you you are worthless, it must be very difficult to build up your identity and personal strength. And I am sorry to hear that your husband is failing to understand you as well. You will find people on this site who will listen and understand. You will not be judged here. I hope things get better for you and that you keep posting here. Take care, Meirionne
  19. Hi Taysmom, I'm glad to see a post from you. And yes the spring weather is lovely, I am enjoying it too. I love kittens what is he/she called? I have not been on this site for far too long, but I would also like to see this board active again. I looked for it last week and wondered if it still existed. Hope everyone is ok
  20. Went for a walk in the park. Booked a week by the sea at end of July. Sat and read a book
  21. I really need to wear my glasses more often. I went out for a walk in the park today and I could see something moving underneath a tree, but I could not see whether it was some kind of bird or a squirrel. (Turned out it was a squirrel, but I had to get quite close to find out!)
  22. Hello Gamer, Welcome to DF and I am sorry to read about all the sad times you have been through. You sound a little like my son, who also likes various kinds of computer games. You went through all that training for the marines, and it must have been very tough to be rejected because of your asthma. you clearly have a lot of determination and a great ability to express yourself. I do not know very much at all about marines or other forces, but are there other forces which do not have such stringent joining up regulations, and which might accept you? Even if it is not your first choice it would still be a way to start a new way of life. You will find this site a great place to get support and there are many people here to listen to you and offer advice or just listen to what you say. I hope you find the help you need. Take care, Meirionne
  23. Hello Albatross, Welcome to DF. I am very glad you have turned to this site and I am sure you will find you have come to the right place here. This is the best place I have found for support because so many people here are dealing everyday with the kind of depression you describe. You are among friends here, who will always listen to you and be ready to help. I suggest you take some time to read some of the posts here and see if you find any of the advice helpful. At least you will soon find that you are NOT alone. We know what living with depression is like and how tough it gets and we help each other through the bad times. Take care, Meirionne
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