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Long-term depression

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Jan 2, 2019 | Replies (563)

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@ainsleigh

It does seem that depression (and anxiety) are not choices-who would deliberately choose them?! It is wonderful that Mayo Connect is here so that nobody
who knows about it has to feel completely alone. There is always somebody to share with and who will empathize and support and understand likely
from personal experience. Also it gives us the chance to learn and possibly find helpful info. and ideas on how we can manage. I am so grateful for learning about genetic resting for mental health medications for example. One thing we learned in our Recovery group was that changing our thoughts when we are in a downward spiral can help. It is not necessarily easy to do I know. How to do that is anything that works for you- eg go for a walk, phone a friend, watch a TV show, go to the store, walk the dog if you have one, look up something on the computer that might interest you etc. Practice does help I have found.
Best wishes!

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Almost every day there are reports about what is being learned about the brain because of the miracle of imaging, There is amazing research going on and I think it is just a matter of time before they discover what causes depression and will offer a successful remedy. So don't give up hope because there is an answer just waiting to be discovered.

I am very grateful for the connection that we can have through these groups. Isolation and loneliness can have disastrous effects on those with a tendency towards depression. Family and friends frequently do not have the patience to deal with chronic conditions. Here, we can say what we need to say. And always, learn from each other.

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