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08 February 2007 @ 08:53 am
A friend of mine recently described the struggle of clinical depression, and it sounded identical to my bouts with unutterable futility. They used to happen monthly, and now they happen less often. I have found in those moments that there is almost nothing comforting - not food, not a friend's words, not even the antics of a squirrel. For me, it is simply a time to endure before I can get back to the good stuff.

Here are two quotes that have helped during those terrible moments:

"I willed myself to get up, get dressed and get going. Little disciplines like that can make all the difference in the world."
- Dan Millman, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

"I'm going to get out of bed every morning... breathe in and out all day long. Then, after awhile, I won't have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out ..."
- Sam Baldwin, Sleepless in Seattle
jenny_i_read on February 8th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
As cheesy as it may seem, I always loved that quote from Sleepless in Seattle.
nplusm: rocknplusm on February 8th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Please always remember...

Kburgunder on February 8th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Best. icon. EVER!
Immortal (so far): EuroMikeimmortalsofar on February 8th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
"If things really are as bad as they seem then they will seem just as bad when I'm not being influenced by depression. So for now I'll assume it's just the depression talking and won't think about it until it's gone." - ImmortalSoFar.

A little mantra that shortens the down-cycle by avoiding the spiral of despair.

Don't feed the beast!
Varnvarn_ix on February 9th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Clinical depression usually means it's not your psyche that's messed up, but rather your body -- there is a chemical imbalance that makes it hard for you to enjoy anything. This is why thinking happy thoughts doesn't seem to help.

What does seem to help, at least for me, is strenuous exercise. The little investment of discipline is still necessary, of course. After twenty knuckle-pushups, you feel a lot more alive and aerated.

Mind, this is possibly because strenuous exercise is something I don't like to do, but value highly.

On a related note, Kuro5hin's Michael Crawford, who suffers from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but is otherwise extremely well-spoken and intelligent, describes his condition and the effect on him and his social life: