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Day 55 Getting Back on Track

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Today I began a partial hospital program to treat my major depression. I have been unable to go to work or to school for the past 3 weeks and finally I was visited by the crisis team and referred to the outpatient hospital program. Today was my first day and although I was anxious through out the day peolple were kind to me and welcomed me with words of encouragement.

The program runs from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday. It consists of intensive group therapy and sessions that incorporate the use of coping skills. I will be in the program for the next 4-6 weeks so I will be taking a medical leave from work to concentrate on getting better.

I am hoping that this program will bring me out of this deep depression that I have been settling into and get me back to a place were I can reach my goals. So wish me luck emoticon
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CAROLJEAN64 5/4/2012 5:40PM

    So good to finally hear from you and so glad you have such a great program to help you. Do what you need to get better and find the joy in your life. Depression is a nasty dragon that grabs us, often when we least expect it.
This is the review of a great picture book for kids and adults called "You've Got Dragons."

You know how it is. Suddenly "your heart thuds and your knees shake . . and your tummy hurts and . . . You've got dragons." And they don't go away. In this reassuring picture book, a redheaded boy first tries to deal with his dragons by ignoring them. But the truth is, he has to figure out what kind of dragon it is--like a math-test dragon--give it his full attention at least once a day, so it doesn't get bigger, talk to someone else about it, and get plenty of hugs. This excellent metaphor for the fears and worries of every child (and adult) is accompanied by relentlessly cheerful illustrations in fine line and rosy washes of color. Even the dragons themselves, though fearsome, are kind of pastel. A great choice for the walking worried.

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MARYMICKAELA 5/3/2012 7:06PM

    I was in a partial hospitalization program back in 2005. I stayed almost 6 weeks. Went from 9am to 3pm everyday. For me it was just like going to work. I didn't work at that time. The program saved my life.

Just be kind to yourself. The 1st week will be hard getting used to the routines and all. I loved that my program was so diverse. We did painting some days or yoga. It was intensive, but still fun. Doesn't that sound crazy saying PHP is fun. It really wasn't for me in the beginning. I felt like such a failure, depressed, angry at everybody, but mostly myself.

If you want to talk I'm here to listen and know I'm thinking of ya. BTW: I just joined Sparks last week so this is all new to me.

Mary

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DAZZEEDOO 5/3/2012 6:54PM

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I hope this program helps you to get better too!

Many Blessings & Good Luck

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