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It is hard to be depressed and in action at the same time.
(There are two sides to this. One is positive in the sense that if you need temporary relief from depression it might help to get busy doing something, such as cleaning the house, going for a walk or bike ride. But action is not a permenant solution because it does not address the cause of the depressive feelings. Some people use activity to avoid facing the causes of their depression and to avoid allowing themselves time to feel. In the long term, merely being active and even productive does not fill the required unmet emotional needs.)
For me, depression is a sign of not dealing honestly with my problems.
(This quote is by Patrick Wakeling's and comes from his chapter in the book Wounded Healers by Vicky Rippere and Ruth Williams)
Most depressed people I have known think a lot. And they have a lot to say. But for too many years no one has listened to them.
Most depressed people I have known are also intelligent, both intellectually and emotionally.
- After writing this I later decided that it is not accurate to say "depressed people" for people who sometimes or even often get depresssd. See this page for more on that.
Advice or commands from "well-meaning friends and family for him to 'snap out of it' provide only frustration for he can no more "snap out of it" than the diabetic can will his pancreas to produce more insulin. Source
Also, the person will then feel more alone and less understood.
Journal Notes from May 23, 2007
It is 11:22 on Weds morning. I just woke up a little while ago. I am still feeling depressed from something that happened yesterday. Here are some notes/thoughts
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