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Dealing with depression and anxiety

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

  1. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Driving is just something that comes as a part of life whether we like it or not.

    I've been in accidents before, and the best thing is you learn from them.

    For instance, when I do long trips, I like to get up as early as possible so I can avoid annoying afternoon traffic. Last summer I lost a car that I only had for 2 weeks because of annoying traffic that was most likely heading to Hampton Beach in NH.
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  2. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I used to enjoy driving. A nice way to unwind. Not so much these days. For instance, I have to check in on my grandmother pretty much every day. She lives in a nice, quiet neighborhood, but the area surrounding it is always littered with people who think they're on the interstate. Sorry that 25 over what the speed limit sign says is still too slow for you people behind me.

    Driving out of my own neighborhood about a week ago, I had to deal with an impatient driver who tried to get around me. It's funny, even when backing out of my driveway, I had a feeling that this driver was going to be trouble. Evidently, driving so much has helped me develop a sixth sense. Anyway, I kept both lanes blocked to keep that from happening (there was nobody headed towards me, of course). And shocker of all shockers, the other driver was too busy smoking a cigarette to keep both hands on the wheel.
  3. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    Someone needs to take you to a vacant parking lot or something so you can cruise around and get comfortable before just going straight to the road.
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  4. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    That’s what my mom did at first.
  5. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    I also reccomend using a car you feel most comfortable driving.

    I used to drive small cars, until I was forced to drive my subaru outback after the unforunate car accident. I eventually got used to the handling and controls.
  6. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    For a lot of places in this country, driving is a necessary evil. There are crazy people on the road, accidents happen every day, traffic jams, road rage, speeders, yeah, it's all there.

    But it's not just about learning to drive, it's about overcoming your fear of driving.

    The worst two words in the English language are "I can't". You posted somewhere else " My mom said cook your own food and I can't cook!"

    Can you make a sandwich?
    Can you take two pieces of bread and find something to put between them?
    If you can do that much, you're halfway there.

    Driving, learning to cook, things like that are basic skills that will serve you for the rest of your life. And wanting to master these skills will help you grow.

    Skills will serve you well. Excuses will not.
  7. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I can make a sandwich, yes.
  8. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Once again, I'm taking another Facebook break due to real life stress.

    At this point I'm only going to log back in when my birthday comes this month, as well as when it's Christmas and New Year's. Social media just makes me moodier when I have stuff on my mind.
  9. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member


    I've been feeling very down today, and that's not a place where I want to be at.

    I honestly just kind of blame it on where my position is in right now....
  10. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    So lately I've just been having thoughts on quitting my job at mobile cuts because I feel like it's just not going anywhere with this three year anniversary project.... But another part of me is saying not to because then I'm just screwing them over.

    It's definitely put a lot of stress and anxiety on my body and I absolutely hate it. There are days I wish I could just take a medicine to put me out for one day and not face reality.
  11. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    You don't want to burn your bridges, or do anything to them out of spite. You have every right to look for something else, but don't leave on bad graces if you can help it.
  12. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    To be honest.

    Lately I've been feeling like I just want to be passed out on the floor drunk. :smirk:
  13. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Being passed out on the floor drunk is one step away from being sprawled out on the floor, dead by alcohol poisoning.
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  14. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Next thing you know you're spread-eagled on the rug in the Land of Blotto.
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  15. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    So I just want to mention as a follow up to my post on my job at mobile cuts:

    After a long month hiatus, I'm back, and we also have a few new interns: One that does social media, the other does graphics.

    But anyway, this is something I'd like to mention in regards to depression and anxiety.

    To be honest, after what happened with one of my real life former friends, it really just only adds to the trust issues I have in real life. :smirk: like everyone we know on here or in real life could just drastically change at any second.
  16. Blue Frackle

    Blue Frackle Well-Known Member

    I have debilitating OCD... not the kind concerned with germs or washing your hands or stuff, but mental ruminations -- paralysis by analysis-type stuff; it stopped me from going to college. Sometimes I wonder if we're on a guided track in life.

    I just wanted to point out that everyone's got problems, but the reason why is beyond me... what a novel concept for life to be carefree, ya know? The whole issue is humans have so many errors but the world wants us to be like robots.
  17. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Well, the closest I see to robotic behavior is groups of young people in a restaurant texting each other, despite the fact the person they're texting is right next to them. No eye contact, heads down, blurry thumbs.
    Yes we all have challenges in life. We all have obstacles to overcome. Some have physical or mental handicaps. Nobody has it carefree. And life is not meant to be easy. Every day will mean dealing with something.

    But we have choices in how we handle our lot in life.
    Anxiety is fear, and fears can be conquered. It takes work, but it can be done.

    We also have the choice of how we accept our circumstances.
    Case in point. Two weeks ago, I fell on ice and broke my hip.
    Spent a week in the hospital (got a steel rod from my right hip to my knee). Painful as anything.
    Right now, I can stand with assistance, but can't walk, drive, work,
    Can't even go to the bathroom on my own.
    One split second my whole life changed.
    Today starts my second week of rehab.

    I could collapse in a puddle and give up.
    I could feel sorry for myself.
    I could skip therapy, because it can be painful.
    But what good does any of that do? Nothing.
    Every day in therapy, I see myself getting stronger, being able to do a little more than yesterday.

    Yesterday with help of therapists and a crutch, I climbed stairs.
    Getting my confidence back. Facing and conquering fears. Dealing with pain. Knowing my future will not be the same as before.

    But I'm not giving up. I have too much to live for.
    I owe it to my wife, I owe it to those that support me, and I owe it to ME.
    I won't have a carefree life after all this, but I don't have to live with fear either.
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  18. Froggy Fool

    Froggy Fool Well-Known Member


    I really hope your therapy goes well and hope you return to normal as soon as possible! :)
  19. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member


    Oh no! That's terrible! Hope the best with your recovery!
  20. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Thank you both. It's going to be a while, but so far things are going well. Therapy pushes me a little more each day, and that will serve me well.

    For anybody that has struggled with fear (and if you're human, that includes you), fears can be overcome. It starts by facing up to them and pushing through them.
    For some it might be the hardest thing you might ever do. But there is nothing more empowering than seeing your fears conquered. You stood up to it and killed it. There is a lot of freedom in that.

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