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Recovery Journals / Re: Trying to make some sense of it all...
« on: October 21, 2016, 12:53:15 AM »
So glad that you have an appointment with EAP therapist. And that you are feeling a little better.

I get a lot of comfort from reading posts, and posting myself here. My therapist thinks its good for me to communicate with others who have the same diagnosis.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: Why do they do this?
« on: October 05, 2016, 08:19:36 AM »
You did the right thing. It will take some time to heal, but life is better without toxic people around.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: How to communicate with friends..
« on: October 05, 2016, 08:12:23 AM »
You and your friend have been honest with each other, and have come to a resolution of your issue. You handled it very well. Hopefully the friendship will continue to heal and grow.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: Suddenly hopeless, unsure
« on: October 05, 2016, 08:09:36 AM »
Living with your FOO may be difficult, but remember to put your mental health first and refuse to engage -- just leave the room if things become uncomfortable. Know that everything is temporary, and you will get past this.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: spun out, promises to myself need to be made
« on: October 05, 2016, 08:06:03 AM »
Congratulations! You need to pat yourself on the back and give yourself credit for dong a really hard thing. You will have the clarity that you need to deal with so many things. It may be painful, but it's worth it.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: thread for people who are not recovering
« on: September 30, 2016, 02:06:59 AM »
To everyone who feels they aren't recovering -- setbacks are horrible, but they aren't unusual. The good news is that they are temporary.  When I'm in one, I try to stay away from thinking gloomy things, and sometimes I can. I've been in therapy three years now, and I'm so much better in many ways. But every time I come up against the wall of knowing that I won't go back to the person I used to be, it takes me a couple of day to recover.

Frustrated? Set Backs? / Re: sick of being sick
« on: September 30, 2016, 01:59:33 AM »
I can totally relate to that, and I go through relapses where it bothers me a lot. But I also have times that I feel content with my life, even though it's not what I thought it was going to be.

Successes, Progress? / Re: Dumping self absorbed, uncaring friends.
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:17:58 PM »
I've lost a few friends over the years, once my vision unclouded and I realized they were toxic for me. But I'm so grateful they aren't in my life anymore. I am much better at setting boundaries with new people that I meet.

Successes, Progress? / Re: Some Gifts I Acknowledge
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:13:35 PM »
Thank you -- that was very helpful.

Successes, Progress? / Re: I Think I Might Be Cured
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:11:50 PM »
Thank you for sharing that. I can relate to a lot of what you said -- especially accepting that it is what it is.


Successes, Progress? / Therapist is weaning me off therapy
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:06:53 PM »
I'm have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it's good news. The last few sessions have been just talking about things that I cope with that happen over and over again.

But I guess I'm also dealing with accepting that I have an incurable mental illness, I have learned how to cope with it, but it will never go away completely. :fallingbricks:

General Discussion / Relapse
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:25:22 PM »
I was doing moderately well, as long as I followed my usual routine. However, my computer was dying and I have a Chromebook. I used to be a real computer geek, and it took over my life for a couple of weeks. Actually had some energy.

Then I crashed -- could only cope with what was absolutely necessary. I have just been relaxing for a few days and I feel better. I usually have a small crash if I do too much in one day, but it doesn't last that long.

General Discussion / Resilience
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:18:22 PM »
I've had depression off and on since high school. The last one, when I was diagnosed with PTSD, has lasted a long time. I used to be a resilient person, and after down periods, I used to eventually get my life back. Haven't been able to do this, and it's been three years.
Anyone else notice this?

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