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Veenie

Seniors depression retired broke living only on Social Security

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Hi Veenie, 

Welcome to the forums, 

doing good here thanks, how about yourself? 

Best wishes

Leila 

Edited by LeilaNadine

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Horrible. Have had depression for over 20 years. On medication.  Mental illness runs in the family.  Became a 67 year old woman addicted to casino slots. So I banned myself today from going into New York State Casinos, U S A.  Lost a lot of money in casinos since retirement at 64.

thank you so much 

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It sounds like you've had a couple of challenging episodes in your life. While gambling addiction isn't something that I've dealt with directly, I've watched how it affected my mother for a couple of years. I think she used it as a form of coping mechanism which made the habit even more difficult for her to quit. It's really great to hear that you've not only recognized it as an issue, but that you're also taking steps to move away from it. I wish you the best of luck in your efforts.

Depression, however, is something that I can directly relate to. Everyone reacts to the long-lasting feelings of pointlessness, hopelessness, powerlessness, and worthlessness differently, though we all feel the need to vent it from our systems somehow. That's mainly what this forum is for, so feel free to express yourself in whichever way you're the most comfortable with.

If I may ask: Do you feel like the medication is helping?

Edited by Blueblood

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The medication is helping somewhat.  And, everything you said about depression is so true.  I live in a town of 32,000 people.  And the therapists are few, and not ver good.  

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Hi, I'm bipolar with depression number one factor in my life. I am in recovery from alcoholism, and have a partner in recovery from gambling/alcoholism. I have completed some post-grad studies in psychology. To be honest, the thing you are most going to have to rely on is the counselling. If that is not 'filling the gap' (I understand, it is expensive), then please keep asking for help until it does. On a personal note, financial counselling from the churches has really helped us, as well as the Anonymous fellowships. First step is admitting it, right? I have had a problem with over-spending - my bipolar and addictive disease combined, I think. Thrift stores and supermarket clearances are good. Most of all, don't be a stranger - you are making the right move reaching out - hugs <3 

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Yeah, zoedog66's advice for where you can find professional support is a great one. Remember that there will always be people willing to help you if you persistently seek them out. You're not alone. *Hugs* :icon12:

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