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Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:54:29 am »
I find writing, proofreading and reading does help. I have been reading and in the morning and writing at night and it has helped me tremendously.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #1 on: June 20, 2019, 08:03:29 am »
    This is a writer's group. Virtually everybody suffers from severe anxiety or depression. At least some of the time.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #2 on: June 20, 2019, 01:47:14 pm »
    Lack of consistent B vitamins can lead to depression. Especially B12. Just saying.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #3 on: June 20, 2019, 02:08:44 pm »
    I think it is one of the common symptoms of being a writer. If you are sensitive and empathetic enough to be able to create alternate realities filled with realistic people in your novels, you are also more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression in your reactions to this life's input. It's not a given, but there is a bit of a trend. To write, you tend to remove yourself from others - so even if you are a really social happy person, your chosen career of writing can make you withdraw from a lot of that.

    Also, our posture while writing is conducive to developing anxiety. Growing up, my generation were often told about the importance of posture, "sit up, shoulders back, straighten that spine, head up", and, in fact, there have been recent studies that indicate that our posture influences our character as much, if not more, than our character influences our posture. So, adopting the posture of a confident, happy, bold person (the sit up, shoulders back, etc, looking life in the eye, standing with arms akimbo in a Superman pose) helps shy, withdrawn, anxious people to become more confident, and it works the other way. So our posture while writing tends to be the posture of an anxious, withdrawn person - hunched over, folding in on ourselves, eyes down, protecting our torso region by having our hands in front typing. Consequently, that posture tends to make us more anxious and withdrawn. If you are by nature anxious, or feel that since writing you have become more so, whenever you take a break from writing, stand up, adopt that classic Superman pose (arms akimbo, head up, shoulders back, etc) and do it every time you walk into a new room - so, go to the kitchen to make coffee, and enter, stand like Superman for five seconds, then continue, same in the bathroom, bedroom, etc. Now, it sounds ridiculous, but it genuinely helps some of the anxiety our writing posture builds up.

    Also - bad gut health and the lack anti-inflammatories are a huge percentage of all our physical and mental health issues. So, pro-biotics, pre-biotics (fibre - the stuff your gut bugs want to eat... pretty much, if it makes you fart, it's something they love), sauerkraut, yoghurt, vegetables, raw vegetables, fruit, and make up a brew of golden paste (just turmeric boiled with water and then coconut oil and cracked pepper added) and have half a teaspoon of that a day. Give the golden paste to your cat and dog as well - it makes them smell like cat pee until they adjust, but it adds years to their lives. If you have an aged dog that is beginning to creep around, after two days of golden paste, they'll be bouncing again - brilliant stuff. Tastes like crap to get down, but worth it.


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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #4 on: June 20, 2019, 03:26:15 pm »
    Lack of consistent B vitamins can lead to depression. Especially B12. Just saying.

    This along with Vitamin D and Magnesium helps my significant other greatly.

    It's important to think of your body as something that requires certain vitamins and mineral to function properly, the brain is no different and if you're someone who doesn't give your mind what it needs, expect problems to arise. It's not the cure for everyone of course.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #5 on: June 20, 2019, 04:29:09 pm »
    I do. I've mentioned this on kboards before. I also have autism and OCD. But I manage somehow.
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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #6 on: June 22, 2019, 09:02:52 am »
    I think it is one of the common symptoms of being a writer. If you are sensitive and empathetic enough to be able to create alternate realities filled with realistic people in your novels, you are also more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression in your reactions to this life's input. It's not a given, but there is a bit of a trend. To write, you tend to remove yourself from others - so even if you are a really social happy person, your chosen career of writing can make you withdraw from a lot of that.

    Also, our posture while writing is conducive to developing anxiety. Growing up, my generation were often told about the importance of posture, "sit up, shoulders back, straighten that spine, head up", and, in fact, there have been recent studies that indicate that our posture influences our character as much, if not more, than our character influences our posture. So, adopting the posture of a confident, happy, bold person (the sit up, shoulders back, etc, looking life in the eye, standing with arms akimbo in a Superman pose) helps shy, withdrawn, anxious people to become more confident, and it works the other way. So our posture while writing tends to be the posture of an anxious, withdrawn person - hunched over, folding in on ourselves, eyes down, protecting our torso region by having our hands in front typing. Consequently, that posture tends to make us more anxious and withdrawn. If you are by nature anxious, or feel that since writing you have become more so, whenever you take a break from writing, stand up, adopt that classic Superman pose (arms akimbo, head up, shoulders back, etc) and do it every time you walk into a new room - so, go to the kitchen to make coffee, and enter, stand like Superman for five seconds, then continue, same in the bathroom, bedroom, etc. Now, it sounds ridiculous, but it genuinely helps some of the anxiety our writing posture builds up.

    Also - bad gut health and the lack anti-inflammatories are a huge percentage of all our physical and mental health issues. So, pro-biotics, pre-biotics (fibre - the stuff your gut bugs want to eat... pretty much, if it makes you fart, it's something they love), sauerkraut, yoghurt, vegetables, raw vegetables, fruit, and make up a brew of golden paste (just turmeric boiled with water and then coconut oil and cracked pepper added) and have half a teaspoon of that a day. Give the golden paste to your cat and dog as well - it makes them smell like cat pee until they adjust, but it adds years to their lives. If you have an aged dog that is beginning to creep around, after two days of golden paste, they'll be bouncing again - brilliant stuff. Tastes like crap to get down, but worth it.
    Superb advice! 8)

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #7 on: June 23, 2019, 07:54:19 pm »
    There are many things that work for different people. I like yoga and meditation.

    But if you have severe mental health issues, the most important thing is to get diagnosed by a professional, then seek treatment (meds + therapy work best in combination). Especially if you feel overwhelmed to the point where you have difficulty functioning and/or think of hurting yourself.
     
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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #8 on: June 24, 2019, 09:25:57 am »
    Yup.

    I don't find that work helps, though. At least not during the bad moments. Participating in fulfilling work can help establish a relatively stable baseline. But when it gets bad, work just makes it that much worse to contend with.

    Mind, my mental health is largely due to my physical health, so that plays a part. The "bad moments" usually mean my work ethic has been demolished and left behind for dead because I'm simply in too much pain, so it makes sense that working wouldn't be a big help. Something recreational like reading also gets set aside as my mind is too preoccupied with stress.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #9 on: June 24, 2019, 09:32:24 am »
     ???  Just.All.The.Time.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #10 on: June 24, 2019, 05:13:27 pm »
    Yes, me too. Ive got OCD and various other problems. I find writing helpful, but if Im unwell the writing tends to go, along with everything else.

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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 12:53:04 pm »
    I am depressed often.  Some of this has to do with being the care provider for my wife, who apparently hates me most of the time.  It also makes finding the time to write problematic.  I feel I need larger stretches of time to get any real writing done and I am interrupted all of the time.  Also, I take an antidepressant.  If anyone else out there takes something for depression, have you noticed that it can kill your creativity?  I was taking Celexa and that was killing my muse, then switched to Wellbutrin which worked much better.  I wish I could stop it altogether, but my situation is just plain and simple, depressing.






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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #12 on: July 08, 2019, 08:19:58 pm »
    I'm about to rant, so if that's not your thing, I would ignore this post please. Today I had one of those days to where I really hate having anxiety as a writer.

    I'm thinking of just sticking to writing at home, because people in public get on my damn nerves.

    I was doing some writing in public at a coffee shop today, and had a major anxiety attack, and was unable to write as much as I wanted to.

    Then people here in LA are so stuck up, and nobody asks if you're fine or want to help you. I struggle making friends and I don't have any family support or a partner. I turned to writing for the damn opposite, so maybe I can network and collaborate with people. The hell was I thinking?

    Maybe if I have a clique or a group or a companion, I wouldn't mind being in public as much, but wow. I hate being alone, and trying to do my own agendas without stressing myself out.

    I hate being black and gay and single sometimes, and I'm 28, I'm angry, I have an identity crisis. I'm a writer that's mentally ill. I don't know.

    Rant over.
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    « Reply #13 on: July 08, 2019, 08:26:06 pm »
    I have bipolar disorder and anxiety. I find writing helps me with that also. That and medication.
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    « Reply #14 on: July 08, 2019, 09:23:48 pm »
    I get anxious over really silly things, like worrying my apartment will flood from a burst pipe while I'm not there. I have to take Xanax or Clonopin for that, or I'll get a full-blown panic attack. And I suffer from depression as well, but that's a whole other issue.
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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #15 on: July 09, 2019, 01:50:13 am »
    Yikes! Talk about finding my home!  :P

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    « Reply #16 on: July 09, 2019, 01:57:05 am »
    I'm about to rant, so if that's not your thing, I would ignore this post please. Today I had one of those days to where I really hate having anxiety as a writer.

    I'm thinking of just sticking to writing at home, because people in public get on my damn nerves.

    I was doing some writing in public at a coffee shop today, and had a major anxiety attack, and was unable to write as much as I wanted to.

    Then people here in LA are so stuck up, and nobody asks if you're fine or want to help you. I struggle making friends and I don't have any family support or a partner. I turned to writing for the damn opposite, so maybe I can network and collaborate with people. The hell was I thinking?

    Maybe if I have a clique or a group or a companion, I wouldn't mind being in public as much, but wow. I hate being alone, and trying to do my own agendas without stressing myself out.

    I hate being black and gay and single sometimes, and I'm 28, I'm angry, I have an identity crisis. I'm a writer that's mentally ill. I don't know.

    Rant over.


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    « Reply #17 on: July 09, 2019, 03:02:48 pm »
    I don't have anxiety. Anxiety has me. By the balls. And depression is hunting me down like I'm John Connor.

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    « Reply #18 on: July 09, 2019, 03:08:05 pm »
    It's important to think of your body as something that requires certain vitamins and mineral to function properly, the brain is no different and if you're someone who doesn't give your mind what it needs, expect problems to arise.

    No offense intended, but I highly doubt that lack of proper nutrition is the source of my life-long existential crisis.

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    « Reply #19 on: July 09, 2019, 04:28:56 pm »
    I used to, but I'm much better these days.

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    « Reply #20 on: July 10, 2019, 05:30:01 am »

    I have a love/hate relationship with Los Angeles. People who 'suck' exist everywhere, definitely not exclusive to LA. I will agree with you that some people can be utterly self-absorbed, however, I have met some phenomenal human beings in LA. I had to weed through the poop to find the gems.

    Perhaps the coldness exists up and down the West Coast. Although most people I've met who are from California are outgoing and friendly.

    May depend on the metro or region?

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    « Reply #21 on: July 10, 2019, 05:32:35 am »
    I probably have dealt with varying levels of depression my whole adult life. Anxiety -- not so much. St. John's has helped me when depression hits (the supplement, not the city in Newfoundland -- although I've read that St. John's is a great place). Writing may or may not help in my case, as does music.

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    « Reply #22 on: July 11, 2019, 08:13:55 am »
    Yeah, anxiety started when I was just a kid back in Canada; part of my nature, unfortunately, to be a worrier, but  aggravated into a disorder by the hell that was school. Writing was a huge escape for me; I remember my sister saying a few years back that it probably saved me from going off the rails totally. As it was, I had the self-esteem of a squashed slug and was body dysmorphic till my 30's. I then improved in many ways but due to other circumstances started having occasional severe panic attacks out of the blue, which got out of control after I had weird, freaky health problems that no doctor seemed able to identify. The attacks went away, then suddenly popped back up for no reason I could fathom some 5-6 years later. I went to a hypnotherapist who helped immensely. I do have a supply of beta blockers if I feel that jittery uneasy sensation or heart palpitations coming on but am, touch wood, reasonably well controlled at the moment.
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    Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
    « Reply #23 on: November 28, 2020, 12:49:04 am »
    I haven't watched the news in nearly eight years and it has done wonders for my mental health. Get off social media or only check it once a day.  The previous two are by no means a cure but will help.

    If you are seeking or considering a therapist, try one that does CBT. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I know people who have suffered from severe depression/anxiety for years and after a few sessions there life has improved dramatically. It really is that good.

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    « Reply #24 on: November 28, 2020, 03:07:25 am »
    I haven't watched the news in nearly eight years and it has done wonders for my mental health. Get off social media or only check it once a day.  The previous two are by no means a cure but will help.

    If you are seeking or considering a therapist, try one that does CBT. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I know people who have suffered from severe depression/anxiety for years and after a few sessions there life has improved dramatically. It really is that good.

    Agree with the social media aspect. Since the pandemic, I've gotten rid of my personal facebook account. It fuels too many negative emotions. I need to cut back on my news intake next.

    I think another aspect (along with a long list of others) is that we have a brain that has barely evolved since the agricultural revolution and it somehow has to exist in an ever-changing bat-[crap] crazy world. We have all this software that didn't evolve to be used in the ways that it is, so it is natural that there will be issues. Sticking with this point, writing a novel is one of the most unnatural things a human can do. Creating stories is natural, writing an 80k novel isn't. So, I think it is natural that mental difficulties would follow, especially if you are sacrificing other needs for it (e.g. social life, exercise, health diet, sleep, etc).

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      « Reply #25 on: November 28, 2020, 10:02:31 am »
      I wonder if a standing or walking desk would be good for helping with anxiety / depression. I have heard that sitting for long time periods is bad for the body and can cause health problems. Probably not that great for the mind either sitting stationary for so long.

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      « Reply #26 on: November 28, 2020, 11:15:40 am »
      I wonder if a standing or walking desk would be good for helping with anxiety / depression. I have heard that sitting for long time periods is bad for the body and can cause health problems. Probably not that great for the mind either sitting stationary for so long.

      This is a good point, and I think it's a great idea, but a big problem with anxiety and depression is finding the cause, and sometimes there may not even be an external cause.  I don't have any of these conditions myself, but a lot of my best friends and family have had depression, anxiety, debilitating OCD, or schizophrenia, so I have seen a lot of it from a little distance.  It's really hard to tell someone with these illnesses what they should try because what makes sense to a healthy person doesn't always make sense to someone who is experiencing something.  Generally the best we can do is to remember that it is an illness, and in no way is it a person's fault.  I think it's easy for a healthy person to say, have you tried exercise, that might solve it, but the actual answer is almost never one thing.

      For anyone dealing with these issues, it's a tough road.  The only advice I can possibly give is what I've seen, and that's to say that sometimes an answer takes time.  If you try something new and it doesn't help right away, that doesn't mean that it doesn't help, but just that it's not a silver bullet.  Sometimes a solution is a combination of small things that help a little, and it might take some amount of time for those things to actually make you feel right.  But, on the flip side, activities that make you feel more anxious or more depressed are easy to identify.  If watching the news makes you anxious about the world, then take a break, read a book, stretch out, take a walk, or do anything other than watching the news.  Things don't change if you don't change them :)

      Most of all I just wanted to say that I hope everyone is feeling alright today, and thanks to everyone on this forum.  You've all always been great with advice and this thread is no different.  You guys are great!

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      « Reply #27 on: November 28, 2020, 11:31:32 pm »
      This is a good point, and I think it's a great idea, but a big problem with anxiety and depression is finding the cause, and sometimes there may not even be an external cause.  I don't have any of these conditions myself, but a lot of my best friends and family have had depression, anxiety, debilitating OCD, or schizophrenia, so I have seen a lot of it from a little distance.  It's really hard to tell someone with these illnesses what they should try because what makes sense to a healthy person doesn't always make sense to someone who is experiencing something.  Generally the best we can do is to remember that it is an illness, and in no way is it a person's fault.  I think it's easy for a healthy person to say, have you tried exercise, that might solve it, but the actual answer is almost never one thing.

      For anyone dealing with these issues, it's a tough road.  The only advice I can possibly give is what I've seen, and that's to say that sometimes an answer takes time.  If you try something new and it doesn't help right away, that doesn't mean that it doesn't help, but just that it's not a silver bullet.  Sometimes a solution is a combination of small things that help a little, and it might take some amount of time for those things to actually make you feel right.  But, on the flip side, activities that make you feel more anxious or more depressed are easy to identify.  If watching the news makes you anxious about the world, then take a break, read a book, stretch out, take a walk, or do anything other than watching the news.  Things don't change if you don't change them :)

      Most of all I just wanted to say that I hope everyone is feeling alright today, and thanks to everyone on this forum.  You've all always been great with advice and this thread is no different.  You guys are great!


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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #28 on: November 29, 2020, 06:08:12 am »
      I wonder if a standing or walking desk would be good for helping with anxiety / depression. I have heard that sitting for long time periods is bad for the body and can cause health problems. Probably not that great for the mind either sitting stationary for so long.

      You'd burn a good amount of calories as well. One of the issues with sitting is staying in the same position for too long. Even with a good posture, you're causing issues for your muscles as they are supposed to be regularly moving. So, yeah, a standing desk would be good for your body, as it burns calories, and encourages more bodily movement. Just not so good if you have bad knees.

      On the 20booksto50k Facebook group, I've read of people having good results using dictation through Dragon (I think it's that) software as a means to create their novels. It is reported to be difficult to grasp, but once it is, it has allowed more words to be "written" and it has meant not so much repetitive strain on their body as they can do it without being hunched over the computer.


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      « Reply #29 on: November 29, 2020, 07:47:07 am »
      Thanks for the many tips. I also often have anxieties or depressions myself. Simply because I am afraid that I will not be able to do this or that. I am somehow glad to hear that it is not just me. It's just a phase and I'm glad that you can get out of it again sometime. Unfortunately, I often put too much stress and pressure on myself, then I lose the fun in an activity and don't feel like carrying on. I have learned that you really should take a break and start working again bit by bit. If you keep on working all the time, even though you don't enjoy it anymore, then there is a very high risk of becoming depressed.

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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #30 on: November 29, 2020, 10:26:58 pm »
      Yep. Huge amounts of anxiety and depression, but with the added benefit of ADHD and insomnia! It's the quadruple mental illness pack!

      Writing helps. It's just how my madness manifests itself. I barely sell a gorram thing, but I just...bleed words. I can't stop if I wanted to. So everything gets written down, regardless of if I publish it or not. I wish I could write during high stress situations, though, but the depression and ADHD prevent that hardcore. I can write out the depression sometimes, but the anxiety is extremely hard to deal with as a self published author. I'm in therapy, but this is a loosey goosey therapist, so she doesn't use CBT, which I probably need very badly. I agree with others who have said reducing social media intake makes a serious difference in mental health. I encourage anyone suffering from high levels of anxiety or depression to use social media less and try to concentrate on calmer, less hectic activities. The pandemic has really, really made it harder on those like us, but we just have to get creative to figure out a way to weather the storm. It really, truly sucks. Everything about it sucks. But we can do it. We just have to support each other and anytime we feel the urge to write, just go for it.

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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #31 on: November 30, 2020, 03:35:07 pm »
      Yep. Huge amounts of anxiety and depression, but with the added benefit of ADHD and insomnia! It's the quadruple mental illness pack!

      Writing helps. It's just how my madness manifests itself. I barely sell a gorram thing, but I just...bleed words. I can't stop if I wanted to. So everything gets written down, regardless of if I publish it or not. I wish I could write during high stress situations, though, but the depression and ADHD prevent that hardcore. I can write out the depression sometimes, but the anxiety is extremely hard to deal with as a self published author. I'm in therapy, but this is a loosey goosey therapist, so she doesn't use CBT, which I probably need very badly. I agree with others who have said reducing social media intake makes a serious difference in mental health. I encourage anyone suffering from high levels of anxiety or depression to use social media less and try to concentrate on calmer, less hectic activities. The pandemic has really, really made it harder on those like us, but we just have to get creative to figure out a way to weather the storm. It really, truly sucks. Everything about it sucks. But we can do it. We just have to support each other and anytime we feel the urge to write, just go for it.
      I'm in this same boat. Every time I adjust to how chaotic things have gotten, something else goes haywire, and I'm back where I started. This might be the first year I go on meds for ADHD because none of my coping mechanisms are working. It really doesn't help to live in an American state where there is no escape from politics right now. Phones, mail, radio, all local tv channels, people I run into at the store, family, friends, crazy messages on vehicles, etc. The enthusiasm is understandable, but my brain needs to decompress and unless I can magically find the money to live in a cottage in the woods for a while, that won't happen. All of my new books are late, and that's making me feel worse too.
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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #32 on: November 30, 2020, 08:43:46 pm »
      I'm in this same boat. Every time I adjust to how chaotic things have gotten, something else goes haywire, and I'm back where I started. This might be the first year I go on meds for ADHD because none of my coping mechanisms are working. It really doesn't help to live in an American state where there is no escape from politics right now. Phones, mail, radio, all local tv channels, people I run into at the store, family, friends, crazy messages on vehicles, etc. The enthusiasm is understandable, but my brain needs to decompress and unless I can magically find the money to live in a cottage in the woods for a while, that won't happen. All of my new books are late, and that's making me feel worse too.

      God yeah, I feel you on the coping mechanisms. That's what drove me to try therapy--that and I finally got hired to work somewhere that has it covered in health insurance for once--and it's still a serious struggle. All the stuff I taught myself to get by no longer works, so it's just so much harder to continue functioning as a result. Therapy is excruciating. I have no idea if it's even remotely helping given how far gone I am at this point, but I am still at least trying anyway. My financials make it hard for me to explore getting a shrink who can prescribe medication, too, unfortunately, so it's a slow, painful battle. The politics are agonizing to endure, so while it's probably not likely one can ignore them entirely, definitely just reduce how much you let yourself absorb. It's very draining.

      Hey, it's okay if the books are late. I mean that. Look at this freaking year. LOOK AT IT. The fact that you HAVE books at all, whether on time or not, is seriously an accomplishment. I'm proud of you. Keep going. One foot in front of the other. Thanks for sharing with us.
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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #33 on: December 01, 2020, 11:13:22 am »
      God yeah, I feel you on the coping mechanisms. That's what drove me to try therapy--that and I finally got hired to work somewhere that has it covered in health insurance for once--and it's still a serious struggle. All the stuff I taught myself to get by no longer works, so it's just so much harder to continue functioning as a result. Therapy is excruciating. I have no idea if it's even remotely helping given how far gone I am at this point, but I am still at least trying anyway. My financials make it hard for me to explore getting a shrink who can prescribe medication, too, unfortunately, so it's a slow, painful battle. The politics are agonizing to endure, so while it's probably not likely one can ignore them entirely, definitely just reduce how much you let yourself absorb. It's very draining.

      Hey, it's okay if the books are late. I mean that. Look at this freaking year. LOOK AT IT. The fact that you HAVE books at all, whether on time or not, is seriously an accomplishment. I'm proud of you. Keep going. One foot in front of the other. Thanks for sharing with us.
      Thank you so much for saying all of this, and I hope you get some kind of improvement from therapy.
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      Re: Anyone suffer from severe anxiety or depression?
      « Reply #34 on: December 01, 2020, 03:28:45 pm »
      Anxiety -- yup.  ::)

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