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Sunday, August 28, 2005
The Lieutenant's Not-So-Instant Depression Cure.
*This is not medical advice. If you feel depressed, see a doctor before you talk to me. Please. *

This post follows a conversation with a friend. She asked me "Why am I so depressed?".
My answer (for the immediate causes) were illness, lack of sleep and a temporary inability to focus on the good things in life. Fix A & B, then C will follow.
She commented "There are good things in my life?"
Now, I've had depression. Not the psychiatric hospitalisation with suicide watch kinda depression, but it wasn't a day in the fun park either. I did take anti-depressants for a short while, and as I came out of the fog, I realised something, and this is the advice that I gave my friend.
Look for the good things in life. Sometimes they're little things like flowers. Coffee. Someone you don't know smiling at you on the street. Cinnamon raisin bagels. A job offer just when you needed one (Okay.. that's not so little). The more you focus on the good things, and start looking for them to happen, the more likely you are to see them. It's totally true that you will find what you're looking for. If you go into a situation from a negative or insecure place emotionally, you'll get negative vibes back, and you'll be looking (subconsciously) for putdowns and insults. So look for the good stuff. Rainbows after a grey drizzly horrible day. A hot bath. Someone letting you on the bus ahead of them. Really inconsequential stuff can be good stuff if you look at in the right light.
When you climb out of that pit and are feeling better, remember how far you've come, and know that you are strong enough to do it again. Keep focusing on the good and you may not have to.

/amateur psychiatric advice

Good one, Kaf. And here's one for you:

Winter's coming to an end.  

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YAY!!!

*feels depression lifting.*

on a related note, it's going to be in the high 60's for the next couple of days! *breaks out the skirts*  

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Bad move, Kaf. The MOATmen will now start asking lecherous questions about the kind of skirts you wear. :-p

But your advice is lovely and well-written. :-) I'll keep it in mind during the next few days.  

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hope it helps, sweetie!  

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as Tolstoy has Pierre say in War and Peace'To be happy you must first admit the possibility of being happy' or something like that...  

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Wow. Very well said.

You are a superhero.  

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Indeed! We should call you Captain Lieutenant Woman!  

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