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Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by B.B. on March 10, 2002 at 20:49:44:


Hi, Walt

According to my primary care physician he believes that I'm clincially depressed. He mentioned Bi-Polar as well prior to mentioning putting me on anti-depressant.

I scanned through your archives and couldn't see anything on clinical depression. Went surfing the internet and was surprised to see a lot of the symptoms matching my so-called personality disorders. This scared the heavens out of me. I've been through an awful lot of tests, prescribed medications for various illnesses, bitten by my dog, and this seems to be the last straw. Apparently my SR techniques are not helping me as of this moment.:-(



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by kmd on March 10, 2002 at 21:39:19:

In Reply to: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by B.B. on March 10, 2002 at 20:49:44:

Hi B.B.~

Sometimes in order to get out of a rut in life a person has to "hit bottom" and then seek a new way of living. This can come through spiritual awareness as well as eliminating habits in your lifestyle that contribute to depression and hopelessness. You are not a victim!

Think of yourself as the only "life manager" you have. Your biggest job is to manage your life (and that includes your mental and physical health.) Ask yourself how you are doing as a life manager, and if someone else would want to hire you to manage their life. If your answer is "no", write down the reasons why. These are the things to focus on right now. Rely on you and your higher power more than you rely on others! Make sure you have some good positive helpful books around you all the time and read small bits when you can. Play inspirational music or books on tape when you are driving.

Make sure you are surrounding yourself with positive news each day and not your local news full of horror stories, spending too much time on this board reading of other people's woes, surfing the net for information that frightens you, or watching the junk talk shows and small claims court shows, etc. that are real energy drainers!

If your job is a huge stress, devise a plan to find one that you LIKE.

Guard your thoughts carefully! If they are predominantly negative and fear-based, this is what will be expressed in your life. Begin to think more and more positive thoughts. Have a thankful heart each time something good happens, even if it is so small. Whenever a negative thought comes to you, STOP IT and replace it with a positive one!



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 11, 2002 at 10:25:30:

In Reply to: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by B.B. on March 10, 2002 at 20:49:44:

Hi, B.B.

Listen to kmd.

Also, go to the brain chemistry archives since everyone now knows that the major cause of what you are describing is brain chemistry imbalance.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt



Very pithy, KMD. Good advice for us all. nmi

Posted by Sally on March 11, 2002 at 11:14:42:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by kmd on March 10, 2002 at 21:39:19:

nmi

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Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by B.B. on March 11, 2002 at 23:40:51:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by kmd on March 10, 2002 at 21:39:19:


kmd

I thank you for taking the time out to make such a thoughtful reply. My job takes up majority of my time since it's considerable distance from where I sleep. In process of trying to relocate much closer and seems everything seems to be coming to a head. These are issues I've been working on with my doctor and this evening coming home I ran into a huge traffic jam. Just as I was about to be able to clear the accident which caused the traffic jam, the trooper suddenly stopped me and the other cars in the front of the line. I just about lost it. Put the car into park in order NOT to run the point where it was stopped. The trooper told me to calm down and I highered my radio volume to drown her out.

I've got a huge problem with road rage and anything little thing will send me just about over the edge. I no longer listen to the news as it's too depressing, horor, etc...Try to center on the positive, however, all I seem to see are the negative aspects of life.

I'll surf the net on occassion, however, normally don't have the time any longer to play on my computer. I'll try to do as you advise and will scan through the brain chemistry archives as well.:-(Sometimes I feel like a lost cause.



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by B.B. on March 11, 2002 at 23:43:52:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by Walt Stoll on March 11, 2002 at 10:25:30:


Walt,

Yep, I'll scan through the brain chemistry archives, however, I'd like to know what some of the causes of this imbalance. Kind of wonder if it might have been caused by an old head injury yearsssss ago.

I'll listen to kmd as she makes some good points.



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by kmd on March 12, 2002 at 09:30:21:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by B.B. on March 11, 2002 at 23:40:51:

Hi again, remember that your anger at traffic does nothing to change the traffic. All it serves to do is make you miserable. Your only choices when faced with traffic jams and/or rude drivers is to choose your own reaction to it. The reaction of anger is a choice! That may be hard to believe, but it was something that I had to learn through my reading, etc.

The basic premise of this is "nobody makes you mad, you make yourself mad!" This is a hard pill to swallow, but it is true. Once you can fully incorporate this truth into your consciousness, things can begin to change for you.

A good book for you would be "Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukov. It is not difficult to understand, but it is not something you can read fast because it takes pondering of each paragraph. It is full of "ah ha!" tidbits. It can help you move from a five sensory to a multi-sensory perspective. It can also teach you another way to release your attachment to anger - through what is called nonjudgmental judgement.

This book comes on cassettes also, and would be a great companion as you are driving.

I'm glad to hear you are going to move closer to your job, so as to eliminate what appears to be one of the biggest stresses in your life!

P.S.~ make sure you spend some time in nature each week! Look at what God created!



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2002 at 11:05:28:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by B.B. on March 11, 2002 at 23:43:52:

Thanks, B.B.

Head injuries have been known to permanently change brain chemistry. However, it does not take much knowledge to readjust it back.

Contact Richard Wurtman, MD, Professor and Clinical Director MIT Clinical Research Center, MIT E25-604, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 for the most up-to- date information.

Walt



Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR??

Posted by B.B. on March 13, 2002 at 07:59:31:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? posted by kmd on March 12, 2002 at 09:30:21:


kmd,

I've been told that until their blue in the face, however, it just doesn't sink in completely. Tried something different this morning on the way to work, and started slowly backing off when it appeared someone was about to cut me off. (sigh)

I've got this saying about being mad. Dogs get mad, people get angry. One of my bad little things which tend to bother me in life. My doc has advised me time and time again that it doesn't effect others when I get a case of road rage and to just laugh it off. Easier said than done, however, believe I'll put that into practice as well before I inadvertantly might hurt someone else in case of road rage. (sigh)

I haven't been enjoying God's creation in a long time as I spend majority of my time at work or sleeping. Thanks again kmd for your suggestions.:-)


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Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by B.B. on March 13, 2002 at 08:02:24:

In Reply to: Re: Clinical Depression/Bi-Polar?? SR?? (Archive in brain chemistry.) posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 2002 at 11:05:28:


Hi, Walt

Thanks for the advise. I've written down the information and will contact him, then let you and the others know of what I learn. I really appreciate your advise and information.:-)

Have a Great Day

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