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Lessons Learnt And Thank You To Depression Forums =).

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Dear Members of the Depression Forum Family =),

I would like to make two comments

1. Lessons learnt from my depression - I have recovered from five episodes of major depression. Each depression taught me new lessons about life. Below are some of the lessons about life that depression taught me.

- Life is absolutely worth living - When we feel depressed, life feels like there is only pain, no joy. When our mood lifts, we see joy, love, beauty, fascination, excitement, fun, peace, passion and an infinite number of wonderful things in life. We notice the beauty of the sun's rays, the fascinating subject that is science, the laughter from a great joke, the sweet taste of food, the pleasure of interacting with animals and nature or the absolute joy of listening to great music. Life is absolutely worth living! =).

- Self Esteem - Depression is the mind's way of telling ourselves that we need treat ourselves with self love. It is the pain of depression that encourages us to improve our self esteem. With self love, will come greater self care, which in turn, results in improvement of mood.

- Anxiety - When we give into fear, we avoid. When we avoid, we isolate. When we isolate, our mood drops and as a result, depression occurs. To rise from depression, we all need to confront our fears. Confronting our fears is always possible. With other people's encouragement and with therapy, all our fears can be overcome.

- Generousity - Most importantly, depression is the mind's way of saying, that we are too focused on ourselves. Self love and self care are necessary for us to live healthy lives. There becomes a problem when we spend all our time thinking about ourselves. Psychological research has shown that when we turn our focus to other people and helping other people, our mood improves, our self worth improves and our happiness levels increase. =).

2. Thank You to Depression Forums

- I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone from the depression forums family who helped me during my times of suicidal thoughts. Posting on depression forums was a great distraction and also a mood lifter. I have fully recovered and I now committing my life to teaching and helping the younger generation.

I would like to wish everyone at Depression Forums well =).

Kind Regards

Rainbowstar

Quote from H Jackson Brown Junior - "Work at something you enjoy and that is worthy of your time and talent".

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Very uplifting and so well said. I dream for the day when I can write something similar and genuinely mean it. That however is quite far off for me, but hopefully is achievable in this lifetime. Your victory is superb news to hear though and I'm really proud you have conquered your inner demons. Please continue to be well, and I wish you the best in the coming days & years!

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Very uplifting and so well said. I dream for the day when I can write something similar and genuinely mean it. That however is quite far off for me, but hopefully is achievable in this lifetime. Your victory is superb news to hear though and I'm really proud you have conquered your inner demons. Please continue to be well, and I wish you the best in the coming days & years!

Hi Moogie =),

Thank you for your very kind words! I can tell you have kind heart =).

In response to specific parts of your message

- I dream for the day when I can write something similar and genuinely mean it - If you currently suffering from depression, you can write about your experiences now =). Sharing your experiences with a loving family such as Depression Forums, will help lift the mood of those around you, in addition to your own mood. Also, each day, you are experiencing depression, you are learning a new lesson. You can share your experiences at anytime =).

- Hope - There is always hope in recovery from depression. The reason is that everything changes. Nothing lasts forever and that includes depression. When our depression lifts, and our mood improves, life feels great and wonderful! There is true story of a man named Graeme Cowan who suffered from very severe depression. He recovered and is now helping other people. There is always hope! =).

- My own recovery - Thank you for your words of inspiration, Moogie! It is very humbling and heartwarming to receive =).

Yes, my mood has been positive and stable for the past six months. As I am vulnerable to depression, I maintain a regular routine to keep my mood stable. The most important antidepressant for me has been helping other people. When I help other people, my mood improves. Socialising, engaging in my passion, exercise and healthy diet all help too. =).

Moogie, I have a feeling you will be an inspiration to many people suffering from depression =).

Take Care, Moogie! =).

Kind Regards

Rainbowstar

Quote from H.Jackson Brown Junior - "Treat everyone you meet like you would like to be treated".

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glad for you as you look in the rear view mirror and imagine further down the road.

i know what you say is true whether or not it feels like it.

Hi Maverick7777 =),

Thank you for the reply =).

In response to specific parts of your message

1. Glad for you as you look in the rear view mirror and imagine further down the road - I know when I was feeling at my worst, I would often compare myself to people who had recovered from depression and felt jealous and inadequate. I felt like I was coming last in a race. If you are feeling that way about me, I partly understand the feeling.

I know for a fact, that depression is treatable. Everything is changeable and as a result, our moods can improve. There have been some inspiring stories of people who have recovered from severe depressions. You can do it, too! Everyone can do it! =).

2. I know what you say is true, whether or not it feels like it - My mum taught me to do, "what works for you". If my suggestions do not work for you, that is okay =). My post is based on psychological therapy for the treatment of depression =).

I wish you well in your recovery, Maverick7777 =)

Kind Regards

Rainbowstar

Quote from H. Jackson Brown Junior - "Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige but on relationships with people you love and respect".

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Hi Depression Forums Family! =),

I would like to make one comment

Future Depression Forums Post - As a result of changes to my commitments, I will be unavailable to reply to and post to depression forums in the future.

I hope that final post on depression forums will help as many people as it can =).

I wish you all well on your path to a life of compassion, love and passion! =).

Kind Regards

Raymond Lai

Quote from H. Jackson Brown Junior - "Do not do anything that would not make your mum proud"

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