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Offline Oniya

Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1550 on: March 18, 2018, 12:54:16 PM »
'Dandy' can fit with so many intonations, too.  For some reason, I visualize Tom Selleck (possibly in a Magnum P.I episode) saying it after some misadventure.

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1551 on: March 19, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
~leaves hugs for Cryptic and FroreQueen if wanted~

I like that reference  :)  You're always welcome to rant here. I think that part of depression is a learned behaviour to hide it for a myriad of reasons; because we don't want to 'infect' other people with our darkness and sadness, because it makes us even more vulnerable to let other people see what's going on, because letting other people see makes it even more real, to name a few.

Thank you for sharing how you are feeling right now, that takes a huge amount of strength and awareness. I hope that tomorrow is not as tough for you, FroreQueen.

I would add, from my personal experience, that another motive of just putting on a mask and pretending we are fine is because, at least in my case, I feel like no one would really understand, or would tell me exactly what I tell myself, "It's not that bad, just get over it." And, again speaking from my personal experience, the last thing I really want to hear is that I need to relax, and that it isn't that bad.

Offline ClaireT

Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1552 on: April 03, 2018, 10:55:46 AM »
I would add, from my personal experience, that another motive of just putting on a mask and pretending we are fine is because, at least in my case, I feel like no one would really understand, or would tell me exactly what I tell myself, "It's not that bad, just get over it." And, again speaking from my personal experience, the last thing I really want to hear is that I need to relax, and that it isn't that bad.

I apologize in advance if my little rant offends anyone, it is not my intention to do. I am sooo horrible at this whole... sharing thing...

For me depression has always been a rather confusing thing to deal with. My mother is one of the few women I've met that can actually be called a Lady in the... well... from the mannered and elegant and status point of view. I remember that ever since I was young she always said that depression and sharing of bad feelings is "nothing more but childish behavior" or "a caprice" or "just get over it, it's nothing" or "don't act like a spoiled brat, it's demeaning" or "it's shameful to think like that, it is unladylike".

I don't know if anyone ever felt ashamed of it, or if I was just about the only to feel ashamed to be sad or depressed, but it did create a need for a mask. I must've been really good at it, since I've always been considered to be the fun and calm one, despite inside always screaming for help.

It gets really lonely having to wear that mask, yet... by this point I feel too exposed... too naked and frail without it, as if I would break down if I were to be seen without it. Too ashamed to talk about to anyone. Even now, writing this makes my hands shake from the words that resonate in my mind that it's childish to admit to such a thing, it's nothing but me making a stupid fool of myself by writing these lines.

People around me never seem to understand what a deep, dark, cavern depression really is, how soul crushing this emotional loneliness is and the desperation that comes with it. It is a burden that at times makes me want to do nothing more but fall to the floor and cry my heart out. My mini-me is the only one who I think understand me, since whenever I fall too deep into that dark cave, she comes to me laughing and anxious to do all sorts of ridiculous actions just to get me to laugh...

Offline Remiel

Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1553 on: April 03, 2018, 11:28:28 AM »
Thank you for sharing, ClaireT.  I think your story is a common one; our society and culture expects us to just "walk it off" whenever we struggle with deep, existential afflictions.  To me, this borders on the cruel; one wouldn't expect someone with a life-threatening illness to just "walk it off", would one? 

Just another example of how psychological illnesses are, still, very much poorly understood.

Offline blue bunny sparkle

Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1554 on: April 03, 2018, 01:05:55 PM »
I apologize in advance if my little rant offends anyone, it is not my intention to do. I am sooo horrible at this whole... sharing thing...

For me depression has always been a rather confusing thing to deal with. My mother is one of the few women I've met that can actually be called a Lady in the... well... from the mannered and elegant and status point of view. I remember that ever since I was young she always said that depression and sharing of bad feelings is "nothing more but childish behavior" or "a caprice" or "just get over it, it's nothing" or "don't act like a spoiled brat, it's demeaning" or "it's shameful to think like that, it is unladylike".

I don't know if anyone ever felt ashamed of it, or if I was just about the only to feel ashamed to be sad or depressed, but it did create a need for a mask. I must've been really good at it, since I've always been considered to be the fun and calm one, despite inside always screaming for help.

It gets really lonely having to wear that mask, yet... by this point I feel too exposed... too naked and frail without it, as if I would break down if I were to be seen without it. Too ashamed to talk about to anyone. Even now, writing this makes my hands shake from the words that resonate in my mind that it's childish to admit to such a thing, it's nothing but me making a stupid fool of myself by writing these lines.

People around me never seem to understand what a deep, dark, cavern depression really is, how soul crushing this emotional loneliness is and the desperation that comes with it. It is a burden that at times makes me want to do nothing more but fall to the floor and cry my heart out. My mini-me is the only one who I think understand me, since whenever I fall too deep into that dark cave, she comes to me laughing and anxious to do all sorts of ridiculous actions just to get me to laugh...

I understand ClaireT.  I live that too. And I think many, many others do as well.

And you wrote about it beautifully too. I am glad you did post, it is so far away from childish or foolish. 

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1555 on: April 03, 2018, 02:02:01 PM »
It isn't easy, I know that much. Some days I struggle more than others. Sometimes I feel as if I'm suffocating. Chasing my own tail.

Thank you though, for this. For this slice of peace that all who have written have offered.

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1556 on: April 04, 2018, 03:17:13 AM »

I just wanted to leave some hugs of encouragement for anyone/everyone who might need them. I know hugs don't fix anything but it is a gesture of consolidarity I guess.


I think everyone who post here is very brave and should get a hug if they want one. *HUGS*


Keep up the good work, 'it will be okay.'

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1557 on: April 05, 2018, 11:31:50 AM »
~nabs a much needed Xandi hug~

Offline MoonWolf

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« Reply #1558 on: April 05, 2018, 04:46:37 PM »
You can and will kick depression in the butt with the proper help. Trust me I was down that road. It wasn't pretty.

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1559 on: July 03, 2018, 06:55:06 AM »
I recently began to study Buddhism and listen to Dhamma talks from ordained monks and it's really made a difference for me! It's not for everyone, but the practice has changed my perspective and given me a new way to consider things.

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« Reply #1560 on: July 03, 2018, 07:55:48 AM »
I recently began to study Buddhism and listen to Dhamma talks from ordained monks and it's really made a difference for me! It's not for everyone, but the practice has changed my perspective and given me a new way to consider things.

Care to elaborate, Chaosengine?  I'd be interested to hear your perspective.

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1561 on: July 03, 2018, 04:31:17 PM »
For a long time I was... not a nice man. I was arrogant, lustful and had no spiritual side whatsoever. I broke a lot of hearts and hurt a lot of people. It was when I betrayed my best friend that I lost everything. My oldest friends turned away from me, I was tossed from my home and I lost my dignity and self respect. I crawled back pathetically to a family I had walked out on years before. To say I was depressed was an understatement. I felt that my life was over and there was only one way out... yeah, that way out. I remained in that horrible state for about a year when a co-worked recommended listening to a lecture from a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. 

I listened, although I did so reluctantly. He was so gentle and compassionate, that little by little I started to pay attention. In Buddhism, you cultivate mindfulness and a right way of thinking. I had been the architect of my own downfall. Had I possessed a disciplined mind, I wouldn't have been anywhere near the useless prick that I was. I still have a long way to go, but I have improved and I'm still trying. If anything that I've said has offended anyone, I humbly apologize. I meant no harm.

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« Reply #1562 on: July 03, 2018, 06:27:02 PM »
It's funny you should say that, because I stumbled across this article awhile back.  Basically, it claims that Buddhist principles--particularly the detachment from self--can alleviate depression and loneliness.

Personally, I'm trying to wrap my mind around it.  Take the following passage:

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For example, if you encounter an invasive tulip in your vegetable garden, you might be tempted to rip it out of the ground, or pick it to give to your lover. A Buddhist perspective would be that you’re seeing the tulip through a filter of your own needs and desires, which are bound up with your illusory idea of self. To see the tulip as it truly is, you must let go of self-focused stories about the tulip – how it doesn’t belong there, or how much your lover would like it – and experience the tulip in a way that’s unrelated to your own needs. Notice its beautiful colour. Be awed by the power of nature. Experience the irony of a flower thriving among the legumes. Appreciate the tulip because it’s there, not because you’re there. In Buddhist philosophy, this is a key facet of wisdom.

If I'm understanding this correctly, it's that the self--the selfish desires, passions, and cravings that we all are heir to--is illusory, and true fulfillment lies outside the self.  I simply cannot comprehend this.  My experience of the universe is limited by my own perspective, and as such, my emotions, my sensations of pleasure and pain, color everything I experience.  Thus I do not see how it is possible to not act selfishly, and still be alive.

Maybe you can explain this to me.

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Re: Dealing with Depression ~ A Personal Point of View
« Reply #1563 on: July 03, 2018, 06:44:07 PM »
From what I gather and mind you I'm just a beginner myself, is that the tulip is fine the way it is and that what I want to do with it is irrelevant. In other words, accept the world as it is rather than what I desire from it. Buddhism is big on letting go of things... like EVERYTHING. It seems really unrealistic, but a lot of religious practices are. I don't plan on giving up my worldly possessions anytime soon.

Offline Arianna

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« Reply #1564 on: July 03, 2018, 09:45:17 PM »
Remi, not sure if it clears things at all, but I practiced Gnosticism for a long time, the Samael aun Weor version, and his teachings are very much inspired from Buddhism (it actually opened my eyes about how connected all religions truly are). This... detachment of self does not mean that you do not matter, that your emotions do not matter, but more that there is a greater meaning to everything, and that what you feel right now, this very second, is fleeting and you need to step back, try to see the purpose of things in the grand scheme of the Universe, and then act.

Personally, I started to see things in a different life when I understood how important it is to let Nature follow its course. It is hard to believe in a higher being, whoever that is, and have faith, and Buddhism is just another variation of this, one where you put your faith in something else and just accept things as they are. The reason why Buddhism is so much better for depression than other religions is because of its absolute lack of repercussion. There is no fear in Buddhism, no Heaven or Hell, no punishment if your do wrong, only acceptance of what is.

I may be rambling a bit, but meditation using Buddhist and Hindu practices does alleviate my depression a lot, and it is a topic I have studied a bit, so I thought I'd share my two cents.

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« Reply #1565 on: July 05, 2018, 10:12:18 AM »

I studied Buddism in college and a lot of puzzled 'wha'... moments in my studies. There is a lot of teachings about the true nature of things and how our perception gets in the way. Even identifying something (or naming) it gets in the way of seeing something as it really is because we put conditions on it. I always thought this Donovan song (even as rambly as it is) explained it in a cool way - with trippy music as a bonus.

The refrain "First there is a mountain. Then there is no mountain. Then there is." is what I'm talking about. (It actually refers to a famous Bhuddist Zen koan, or lesson.) To most people we see a mountain and our brain says "That's a mountain." We perceive it and name it as such. That the act of having the thought of "that's a mountain" seperates you for the reality of it - you're just in your head. But through studying buddism and meditation you work to seperate the natural condition of the thing from our labeling of it ("Then there is no mountain"). And supposedly, with enough practice, you get back to a place where you can experience the mountain as it is without your self getting in the way. "Then there is."

How that relates to lonliness and depression to me is that you can see a situation or moment and then try to realize that your pereception of it is a seperate thing. One that you can take, leave, or change independent of what is really happening.

A good author for anyone who wants to read more on Buddhism that kind of puts it in the perspective of life and personal development is Tich Nhat Hahn. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who lives in France but does a good job of combining the philosophy with every day life.

Not sure if that helped. But it did give me a few happy moments of remebering my studies of it. Might have to go dust off a few of my TNH books.

Offline Arianna

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« Reply #1566 on: November 15, 2018, 10:36:57 PM »
Something I found a while back that has worked for me.
Sharing in the off chance anyone else needs this, too.