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Dealing with depression and anxiety

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by charlietheowl, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Bannanasketch Active Member

    Thanks for the prayers and thoughts, guys! I really appreciate it! It means a lot to know that I have friends here on the forums that I can count on. And Drtooth, I'm praying that your life can turn around and that good fortune is sent your way.
  2. newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I don't pray, but you have my good wishes for an easy ride through what is undoubtedly a painful and difficult surgery, Bananasketch. BTW I LOVE your screenname...always makes me think of hysterical laughter which poor Kermit can't share!
  3. bazooka_beak Active Member

    I normally HATE making phone calls, but these calls were to close family members. My dad lives several states away right now, and I usually call him when I'm having an "episode." It helps a lot!
  4. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I've just been so anxious over the past few days, and it's incredibly frustrating. The littlest thing can set me off and then there's no telling how worried I'll get and subsequently how depressed I'll make myself. I feel like an emotional invalid because I can't get through a day lately without driving myself up a wall. I'm going to call my therapist this afternoon and make an appointment, but I don't know how much that's going to help. I know that dealing with depression and anxiety is going to be a long-term thing, but it's really hard because I can't do the things that I used to do anymore.
  5. RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Maybe mine is fatigue. I wake up in the middle of the night and daydream really dark and depressing stuff. It sometimes keeps me up for a couple of hours at least. Of course, what with it being night and all, maybe it's the lighting (or lack thereof).
  6. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    So I cut a class today go to my school's infirmary to discuss my anxiety, and then they sent me the school's on-call therapist, and then we had a nice discussion. I also made an appointment with the medication nurse for tomorrow and my regular therapist for next week. I feel better, but exhausted. I'm also probably going to become like the counseling center's Norm Peterson with all my visits. :sigh:
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  7. RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    It might feel like crap to be a regular, but on the other hand, those people will get to know you, which makes care more efficient than always having to start at square one with someone else.
  8. heralde Well-Known Member

    Hey it's better than people who let these problems fester and grow worse over time.
  9. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I definitely understand that, and I'm glad to be getting the help I need. However, I have a nasty vain streak, and sometimes I feel embarrassed that I need all the help. I've always liked to do things on my own, so sometimes it's hard to say 'hey I can't do this". But vanity is a small price to pay for getting help.
  10. heralde Well-Known Member

    Well I assume you can't fix a broken leg on your own, right? Same thing. ;)
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  11. newsmanfan Well-Known Member


    Sorry. Hadda do it. :)

    Glad you're getting help and that it does seem to be helping! I feel counselling works only if the counselor and the counselee can build a rapport of some kind...something completely distrustful me was never able to do. Kudos!

    And to RedPiggy: sorry you're having nasty dreams (night terrors?). That happens to me usually when I'm especially stressed or just exhausted. I have yet to find a preventative -- even focusing on nice things before I fall asleep doesn't always work. Wishing you find a good solution -- and get better sleep!
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  12. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much! 'tis a monster to have to deal with such things, but someday I'll be better because of all this help, I presume.
  13. heralde Well-Known Member

    I almost thought of doing that actually, lol.
  14. heralde Well-Known Member

    As bizarre as it sounds, if I have a really great day when I'm really happy, it's almost guaranteed I'll have a nightmare that night. And not just any nightmare but the worst ones my mind can...well dream up! I think it's just my personality, I'm afraid to let my guard down and think things are going fine and I actually in a weird way feel more comfortable when I'm worried about things. It's crazy, lol.

    Hey now I'm reminded of that old '80s song from one of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, lol:

  15. Bannanasketch Active Member

    Well, my surgery's tomorrow morning but thanks to prayer, I'm not feeling so anxious. Thanks, guys, it means alot. :) I could still use it tomorrow too. Hopefully, I'm not too anxious and worried...
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  16. newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Hey Bananasketch, let us know how it went! Hope your recovery period is short, uneventful, and as pain-free as possible! :)

  17. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    In my depressed state last week, I managed to forget to hand in some important paperwork for school. Oops. I've been having trouble keeping on top of things for awhile. Now I have to either go to the registrar's office and explain my condition, or go to my school's center for students with disabilities and see if they can help me. Nothing too exciting for the ol' self-esteem either way, but you have to do what you have to do I guess.
  18. Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Dude, that stinks. Hope it works out okay.
  19. newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Well, it beats the old "my frog ate my homework" bit....

    Hang in there. :sympathy:
  20. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I hate to monopolize this thread, but it helps to talk about these things with other people. I can't burden my friends all the time- I feel like I've been taking so much from them recently in terms of time and support, and that I've given relatively less in return. So talking to you guys really helps me out.

    I have managed to string together a couple good days in a row, mainly because the weekend's kept me busy (pre-Super Bowl food shopping, writing, went to see my UConn men's basketball team smash up Seton Hall, watched a movie/assorted other college ball with my friends). One day at a time.

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