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Are we meant to be happy?!

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Feb 9, 2019 | Replies (13)

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@aliali – that is a very interesting question about whether we are meant to be happy, in light of experiencing depression and feeling as though the answer might differ with experiencing a panic attack or not. Feeling a black cloud passing above your mind does indeed sound very difficult.

I'd like to invite @gailb @cdcc @notaround @yangedd @guener @thankful to offer their insights on this question about whether we are meant to be happy or sad, plus any tips they may have on moving the black cloud away from above your mind.

@aliali – you previously mentioned having been put on a new antidepressant. Have you found that this or any anti-anxiety medications you may be taking or have taken in the past help balance those two persons inside your body warring about whether life is meant to be happy or sad?

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The answer is yes; medication and eliminating some negative ideas is a good combination for feeling that we are here for happiness and peace. I can have a good life by eliminating this idea. Why am not I doing so? The answer: I fed up with the “CONTRADICTION” I am feeling. Once I experience a panic attack, I feel something which is the exact opposite. How does it feel when the idea that “the sun is dark” and the idea that “the sun is light” are changing into your mind every other day? Will it feel any sort Of calmness? Or, rather, will you wish to throw your brain away just to take some relaxing moments?

@aliali; @lisalucier– I'll give this a shot. For one I haven't experienced panic attacks in many years so my insights may or may not be helpful. For me these emotions such as sadness, happiness, joy, etc. are all normal emotions that we feel nearly every day. When I was experiencing panic attacks they usually happened in the midst of doing certain things we all do on a nearly everyday. My 1st one was driving over a very tall & narrow bridge and I panicked and wondered literally if I would make it to the other side. I could go on & on with other stories of attacks, but the theme here is that all these phobias were adding up and before long I felt that just going out I was opening myself up for the next one. I can't give you a reason why this was happening. Things were Ok with work, wife & family?
After finally reaching out to a Psychiatrist I was perscribed 1.0 mg. of Klonopin. Within weeks that fear dissipated and I began to take back my life in small strides. I can do everything I once could not because the panic associated.
Just when a "black cloud" is lifted for whatever reason that I was dwelling on, I sort it out, gave it to God and often Joy pours in. We are complicated beings and are always experiencing a whole host of emotions. Look for things each day that can bring joy into your life. Whether it be friends, family, taking walks, mentoring a younger person. If we fill up the Joy box with lots of small pebbles we'll have lots of joy stored up when somehow a rock falls in our path! Jim @thankful

@lisalucier Your mentioning the side effects of medications could be contributing. I have been on phych meds that stole happiness and hope. I have these things back now and can again feel. Thank you for this input. I won't mount my soapbox on this one as I may stroke out.