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5/5/19 9:31 A

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I'm glad I found this thread.

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4/26/19 12:21 P

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Love the share and the description (a great vocabulary add)...Thx!

Edited by: PLATINUM755 at: 4/26/2019 (12:29)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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SNUZYQ2, thank you so much for sharing that. It's very helpful information.

I've never thought about the idea of having low emotional stamina before but that really makes sense to me. Sometimes even a small challenge can overwhelm my thoughts with constant overanalyzing of every angle to the issue or any decision I might have to make, or "rehearsing" in my head how a situation might play out. It's exhausting. Limiting the fret time would help. Right now, I'm feeling really good because I'm taking care myself by healthy eating, taking vitamins, getting enough sleep, and exercising. And the sun is out here (yet it's cool enough to be comfortable) so maybe that helps too.

I'm happy for you that you've developed tools to manage it all. Amazing how the human spirit can find a way to blossom no matter what the circumstance.


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4/24/19 2:51 A

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"Deep Rest" does describe depression for me very well. I liken it to mental exhaustion; the state one enters when one's emotional stamina has been tested to its' limits. It appears that everyone possesses different levels of emotional stamina. Mine is quite limited due to PTSD from traumas experienced during my childhood and young adulthood. If a challenge to my stamina is only mild, my brain goes into "rest mode". Everything slows down. I can't see color, I can't smell odors or sense cold or hot. I lose my appetite and food tastes like clay. I can't distinguish words in regular conversation with others. My own speech slows and slurs and my movement is akin to the 3-toed sloth in South America. It truly is like a state of sleep that I can't escape from...I just slowly heal from it with measures described below.

So, for me to prevent or recover from a relapse of depression, I must nourish my brain with good, healthy food, get some aerobic exercise, take my meds, get some sunshine (and use sunscreen) and give myself limited time periods to fret or worry or problem solve (I actually schedule in a 15 minute block for this per day and any fretting outside this one window of time is off limits). Everything is by the clock - an alarm clock. When I finish a task - like eating, I set the timer for the next task in the day. I really do have to rest my brain with plenty of thoughts about positive things. Here's the deal: I must rest my brain or it will rest itself in a way I would rather that it didn't, and in a few frightening ways. It no longer frightens me. Nowadays, my symptoms are just a reminder to me that I must guard my limited emotional stamina and go into stress-management mode whenever a challenge presents itself. My toolbox is filled with stress-management tools that I've tried and proven out that they work for me. I gained my toolbox and "supplies" through group and individual psychotherapy. I highly recommend this for anyone troubled with depression and especially for those who have required hospitalization for their depression.

Gracious. That was wordy. I hope this helps you in some way!

Edited by: SNUZYQ2 at: 4/24/2019 (03:42)
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4/23/19 9:04 P

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Recently, Ariana Grande and Jim Carrey tweeted each other after AG gave an interview saying JC is someone she admires because he's talked about his depression, which is something she is experiencing now.

He posted some supportive words to her and then included this meme. I never heard of the teacher he mentioned. The part about medication is weak but I was wondering what everyone thinks about the other points he mentioned, like the "deep rest" concept. It sort of rang true to me because I do feel like I'm in a deep state of "rest" or sleep when I'm depressed.

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