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7/14/16 9:50 P

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
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good morning to you all from the chilled state of Victoria, Australia



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Pat, positive self talk is VITAL to our survival whilst the winning battle against depression.



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7/11/16 2:41 P

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I am posting here to say that I enjoying reading the positive thought to help keep me up. Since I am now living alone, I need to become my own caretaker. I came back to sparkpeople now that I can spend the time here. One of the way I stay positive is to replace my negative thoughts is to list three thing to overcome my thoughts. I don't think I could do this otherwise.
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7/10/16 11:37 P

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Sorry, Laurence, don't mean to be cheerful while you are suffering. I try to remain positive even when I am depressed, because even faking being happy eventually turns me back around. I work with disabled people and have my own mental health issues, so I can't afford to give into negative feelings. My faith is what helps me the most, my confidence and trust in God somehow always bring my spirits back around. Although, my best friend is very depressed right now and my son was just diagnosed with depression. That is why I came here to try to gain insight as to how i can help them. I get depressed living with schizophrenia and have had to fake it a lot because people aren't as accepting when you are acting weird because you are paranoid or hallucinating. I hope and trust life gets better for us all. one day at a time. I hope you enjoyed the graduation party.

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LAURANCE, I not really a caregiver, I retired and now helping out other family members that are still working. I have depression, anxiety, and bipolar. I do not think I can go to work at a real job again. I post good things to keep my mind off the bad. When I can not think of good I will sometimes post on help I am having a bad day(if I need to).

Today my post is:

Goodmorning

Today is cloudy 70 degrees. It did rain some last night. emoticon . To day I am getting my workout in early. I am going to a graduation party late afternoon. I will make healthy choices at the party. I am sure there will be a band and the dancing will be great.

Everyone have a wonderful day.


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I don't know that I belong on this team. Or at least on this particular topic on this team. I think I'm in the wrong place. Supposedly it's about depression, but everyone here is so cheerful and having such a good day and a successful life. Even the new people who come to this team and start a new topic are all so happy to be on Spark People and so positive about the changes they're making.

I'll stay with the Help I'm having a bad day topic and will not post on this topic.

I'm having a hard time coping with being a caregiver and having my own disability. If there are any other caregivers here who are silent because they can't live up to the cheerfulness and can't check in with the same upbeat messages, we do have the Caregivers Support team, with the topic Chat Your Way through 2016.

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What an awesome few minutes I have had reading what folks have shared on this message board. I understand not everyone has been totally feeling well, but even that person counted her blessings for a minute too. It is not easy dealing with tough emotions or tough personal situations. God gave us this day to deal with our lives the best way we know how. He can get us through it and we have each other to prove that. He gave us community to gather together and help each other through. It is so beautiful to see this community reaching out to each other. May you each have a blessed and awesome Sunday!

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Is this the forum to post on? There's also "Help! I'm having a bad day!" but this is just the usual daily misery.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

Yeah, I'm whining. I feel like whining. Allan has been in the nursing home for two weeks as of tomorrow, and will be coming home on Tuesday. This nursing home not only houses elderly people who are dying, it also does physical, occupational, and speech (which is cognitive) therapy for people who do not yet need to be housed for the rest of their lives but who do need some intensive therapy. (I have a buddy who broke both of her ankles at once, and since she lived alone with no caregiver, and since there were shag rugs that interfered with her wheelchair, she went to this same nursing home to heal up and get the physical therapy she needed to get on her feet again.)

I'm tired and feeling worn out from my own tiresome handicap, which is ADD/ADHD. On the one hand, the nursing home has done some good therapy with him. OTOH, going to visit him at the nursing home is tiring. OTOH, when he comes home I'll have all those chores again. Trading one problem for another.

Whine whine! Fuss fuss!

Yes, I'd like some cheese with that whine!

But I do hurt. I'm really depressed and tired and burned out. I know what I need to feel better, but I see no way to get it at this time.

Laura

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Oh! I didn't realize that Miller was having a birthday. Well, gee whiz!

Happy Belated Birthday, Miller!
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Good afternoon! Getting ready to do some exercise. Have a great weekend!!


UPDATE: I got my workout in and feel great! Feeling energized!

Edited by: GODS_SERENITY at: 7/9/2016 (20:30)
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wishing Miller a VERY happy birthday



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Laurance mostly our summer weather at chistmas isn't 'nice' ..... for me it isn't. It is generally WAY TOO hot for me so I offer cold Christmas lunches when the family gather at my place.

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Ohhh, that's right! Now it's winter in the southern hemisphere. And that means that you have nice summery warm weather for Christmas. It's a happy summer holiday for you.
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Goodmorning everyone from wintery Australia. My first time chicking in with you all.
Usually the winter is a big trigger for my depression but having had a number of beautiful sunny (but cold) days in a row I am staying on top of things.
Have a great day!

One step forward, two steps back and then another step forward.


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Thank you, J.R. Stern...yes, I do see my best friend every Sunday, and I have my two book clubs that I attend. And I do post on these teams. The Internet amazes me. I'm an old person, 74, and I never dreamed that such a machine as this computer could ever exist back when I was young in the '60's and '70's, and into the '80's when there were computers but you had to be a Computer Geek to know what to do. Now I can be in touch with people all over the world, and our messages fly around the world in seconds. And that does matter! I'm glad to be still living in this Age of Technological Miracles.

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I am sorry for your misery. Depression really sucks. It sucks all life from you and makes it difficult to see your way through to a better future. I wish there was a solution for you. Try to stay in contact with friends, or make new friends, it helps with the depression.


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I don't know which forum to post on. This is general discussion, and the Help, I'm Having A Bad Day is another. I have bad days every day for the most part.

I'm a caregiver. It's horribly stressful. I myself have disabling ADD/ADHD which makes it extra hard to take care of my partner. What makes things particularly difficult is that I have to do a job that I am not capable of doing. Every morning I wake up and there's that chore waiting for me, and I can't do it right. I can barely do it at all.

But there's no letup and no relief. And no end in sight.

I've lost my interest in life. I just drag on one day after another, struggling and failing, over and over.

Yes, I've been, over and over, to the Office of the Aging to see if I can get help. Yes, I've talked with the social worker over and over, and there's nothing available to help me. Yes, the home nursing nurse came over and was worthless. Yes, the doctor knows the situation, being both my doctor and the doctor for my Sweetie. I saw him today, and the reality is that there's nothing to do.

I plod along, and I'm deeply depressed. I'm having a hard time taking any care of myself. It often happens that the caregiver dies of stress-induced diseases, while the patient goes on and on like the Energizer Bunny. (And no, I'm not on a plane, and there is no oxygen mask. I'm tired of hearing that metaphor.)

This is just me grumbling. Just venting. I'm not asking for advice or a solution. Just fussing, that's all.

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Yes, today is a new day and you can handle it just as well as you did yesterday. Give yourself a pat on the back - you deserve it !

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I just had my last PT (therapy session) for my left hip. Now I will be having PT once a week
to maintain. Last night we went to a band concert(outdoors) and all the children were dancing. Even the adults danced when they played the Beer Barrel Polka. At the end everyone stood and put their hands over their hearts when they played the Star Spangled Banner. This was followed by an ice cream social. I had two scoops of ice cream with lots of hot chocolate and caramel. I'll have to be careful about how much I eat today. I love the warm weather. Get outside if you can. Everyone, Have a great day !

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Last night as I was trying to get to sleep, I felt extremely anxious, although I can't think of what might have brought on the anxiety. I kept thinking, "I can't stand this for one more minute!" But then I told myself that I AM standing it. If I could stand it for [x amount of minutes], I can stand one more minute. That conversation went round and round like that for a while. (Lather, rinse, repeat.) I finally put my earbuds in and listened to some calming music to help me get to sleep, and that worked. I think I needed a distraction.

Luckily, today is a new day!

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I thought I would do a selfie for you today .......



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I was feeling a little down this morning, but I got up, went to the gym, checked out a new exercise class, and met a couple of cool new people in the class. Made my week so much better!

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Hello...a new person here! Yes, it's priorities, and yes, I'm devoting my life to someone else. But I'm tired, and there are real issues here, and a real history.

I do love this man. But we have a bad history of his feeling entitled and my obligatory giving, which is not a good thing. And now he's really sick and disabled, and how much must I give to someone who is NOT my husband, who has a history of being an abuser, who does NOT own this house (it's my house), who a lot of things in a complicated situation.

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Laurence - I'm new to the group so I don't know anything about your current situation. Life is all about priorities, and devoting yourself to needs of another is a very honorable way to live. By the sounds of it, you should be proud of yourself, no matter what else may fall by the wayside. Remind yourself of all the good you're doing.

I had a great time hanging out with some neighbor friends last night. True to myself, I ended up spending more time playing with the kids than hanging with adults.

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Today was a rough one. But I can't find any way to change things now. I'm a caregiver, and my Sweetie's needs come first. Still it's hard being the last, at the end of the line.

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good morning everyone. may your day be fill with an abundance of happiness

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I woke up with a headache (again). 3 days in a row now. I know it's because I haven't been drinking enough water. I'm turning this into something to be grateful for, though. I'm grateful that they're mild, and not migraines.

Hope everyone has an amazing Monday!

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Hi everyone. Hope you are having a fabulous day!

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.


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Today I am feeling happy and blessed. What wonderful feelings!

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I did get exercise today, and that helps somewhat with the depression. Only somewhat, because much of my depression is due to being handicapped myself and having to be a caregiver and do the work of several nurses.

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Hello, Foxbay, and thank you for your kindness! Good vibes help!
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I do not think you are failing. You are doing the best you can and no one can expect more.
You sound like you are a very caring person who expects everything to right and this doesn't always happen. The other person can't be helped unless he wants to be helped. 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The depression has been pretty heavy lately, pretty crushing and debilitating. I don't know what to do about it.

I know what's wrong, but I don't know what any solution would be.

I'm a caregiver to a man who is very loving but is totally non-cooperative and non-compliant. He needs low sodium food, and this is a job I simply cannot do. It's depressing to have a job that must be done but that I'm unable to do correctly. It means I'm failing all the time, day in and day out.

Now, there is a good team here on Spark People. If there are other caregivers here who need support, it's "Caregivers Support", and most of the action is on the topic "Chat your way through 2016!". I'm glad for that team, and that there are other caregivers who know what it's all about.

Another complication is that I have severe ADD/ADHD. My energy gets very depleted very fast. I end up standing around looking stupid and feeling totally mind-blown.

I'm not asking for advice. I don't expect anyone to have the magic solution. I'm 74 and have spent my adult life trying and trying and trying this solution and that solution and this method and that method.

Yes, I've taken medication over a period of several years with disastrous results and no relief. Yes, I've worked extensively with cognitive-behavioral techniques which had their good uses, but did nothing at all to relieve the depression. I've had over 25 years of therapy, four of which told me over and over that depression is a choice, and if I don't want to be depressed just use my free will and choose to not be depressed. And I tried and tried to choose to not be depressed and got told that failure is a choice - I choose to fail.

I've turned to agencies for help, but either I get nothing, or I get a band-aid which does not solve the problem.

I have a good idea of what I need, but I have no idea how to go about getting it.

So that's me ranting and grumbling. Now it's morning and I'm going to start the day. I have to go to the drug store and take in a prescription, and I have to give my Sweetie something to eat and his medicine, and then I do get to do one good thing. I have a meeting of our book club, which is a welcome relief. And then I will try to get the horrible mess in this house as cleaned up as I can.

Now it's time to get moving. Thanks for listening.

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Happy Friday everyone! I have been struggling lately. I gained all my weight back plus some, starting feeling depressed, have been having a hard time at work and with family members due to my depression, and decided I'd better come back to SparkPeople and get back on track. My tip for the day: STAY ACTIVE ON SPARKPEOPLE AND DON'T GIVE UP!! Thanks for being here and listening. And have a very happy Memorial Day weekend! emoticon

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Yesterday my granddaughter was in a Spring Concert. It was streamed live over You Tube so I got to see it. She has a beautiful voice. I watched my grandson play lacrosse over the weekend. I had never seen a lacrosse game before. Each player holds a pole, about 3-feet long, with a net on the end of it. They toss the ball around until they get it in the other team's goal. The net is not very big so that is hard to do. These are my daughter's children.

I have not heard from or seen my son in over two years. The last time I saw him he said I was too much trouble. I have gotten help for my depression but he refuses to believe he has it and would not listen to me when encouraged him to talk to someone about it. I haven't given up on him. I send him cards for his birthday and Christmas and write him notes. I don't even know if he gets them. I keep him on the prayer list at church.

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