Lucky Poet wrote:I'd bet a fair proportion of the people here are too, or people anywhere come to that. I've been there quite a lot myself now and again
(If it's any consolation, this time of year really doesn't help.)
Lone Groover wrote:http://www.livinglifetothefull.com
The title of that web site is dreadfull, but it can be genuinely helpfull. It's an online cognitive behavioural therapy course.
Lucky Poet wrote:I'll say a wee word in favour of pills, just for the sake of balance. I did end up resorting to Sertraline early last year after some unfortunate stuff, staying on them for several months. It was for an anxiety thing, though my quack described it and depression as "two sides of the same coin". What can I say? They absolutely were not a cure, but they helped stabilise things so I could find my feet again. There were some rather odd side-effects, but overall it worked for me. I'd do it again if I felt it was needed.
I'm beginning to think that straight men specifically have a bit of a raw deal when it comes to this kind of thing. That macho ideal that pretty much equates any discussion of feelings with the loss of 'manhood' itself. It's complete hogwash, but it's pernicious stuff. I'm glad I'm largely exempt from having to live up to this ridiculous ideal, but it has to be challenged. There's no shame in being a real human being, with real emotions and all that that entails.
Dot wrote:Doorstop said how people think you just have 'to pull yourself together'.
I don't think that remark is helpful to anyone who is suffering from depression.
Good to hear what other people have experienced and how they cope.
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