Managing Lifelong Mental Health as a Senior

Posted by georgette12 @georgette12, Jan 13, 2017

I have just started using this site so this is my first message.

@hopeful33250

@jimhd How wonderful that you fill your life with a variety of activities. That is so important! Depression is the one thing that will not get better with bed rest. Your life style shows great wisdom, Jim. Thanks for allowing us to get to know you better, you are an asset to our group here at Mayo Connect. Teresa
(PS I like what you said, “depression doesn’t seem to live by any rules.” So true!)

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Hi Gail,
There are several ways to send an emergency message. I recommend that you do BOTH of these:
1. Click REPORT to the right of the message that you are concerned about. Mark the message as [URGENT] and explain the situation.
2. Send a message to the moderating team using this form https://connect.mayoclinic.org/contact-a-community-moderator/ Again mark the message as [URGENT].

Colleen

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@hopeful33250

@johnhans I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you are having with depression and the isolating effects of health problems. Transportation is a serous problems for seniors. Is there any senior transportation in your vicinity? What about NAMI support groups? If these are not possible, you might try some “book-therapy.” Do some reading by authors who specialize in depression. David Burns comes to mind as one author who writes about changing your thoughts so that your mood will change. Let’s hear what some others are reading, Can you suggest some authors or books about dealing with depression, @georgette12 @jimhd @johnjames @rspaulling @safetyshield?

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@johnjames Thanks so much for the book recommendations. Book therapy can be very helpful.

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@hopeful33250

@johnhans I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you are having with depression and the isolating effects of health problems. Transportation is a serous problems for seniors. Is there any senior transportation in your vicinity? What about NAMI support groups? If these are not possible, you might try some “book-therapy.” Do some reading by authors who specialize in depression. David Burns comes to mind as one author who writes about changing your thoughts so that your mood will change. Let’s hear what some others are reading, Can you suggest some authors or books about dealing with depression, @georgette12 @jimhd @johnjames @rspaulling @safetyshield?

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@johnjames
I really enjoyed reading #4. Very well written by someone who has been through it.

Jim

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@georgette12

Johnhans, here is anthoughtnabout v8ounterring. You might volunteering on line . i haveminvestigated myself andmit just requires a tekephone. Imseem to be h hmhaving too much troublr writ7ng.nsoni have tonsign offl .mineombelieve. I think mynsons suicide plus. Recent events that are toomstressful hav3njust put me over thenerg3.ni intook 4 valium anr i will go to sleep.

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HI- hey did you get my message? hope and pray you are having a better day and was wondering if you wanted to talk on line-this is a great site and you are apart of it- and we all are still concerned about you. JJAMES

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Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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@georgette12

Been off posting for awhile but i did want to take time to say why and tell you i am still with all of you in spirit and my thoughts are constently with all my new friends on this forum . i seem to be plummeting downward and have stayed away so i would not spread my negativity and increasing depression. But i do want to acknowooedge y8urm posrpts. I cannot seem to actuaoo6 put sentencesn togeth3r to spell corr3c5lymwhat i am trying to swy. I can5mw33m to g3t the letters together anr i canno5 correct them as its too frustratng. So i hope you can figure out my response.
Jim, please dont think you should not be depressed. You feel what you feel and i have found it better to honor my feelings no matter what.
I find that its less stressful to be honest with myself about me…and not worry one bit about you or someone else thinking you should feel other than what you reaaly feel.be who you are and accept yourself andnbe proud of overcoming your challenges. And are continuing to overcome, or maybe even accepting where yiu are at the time. Even though you have these challenges, pleas3 know you are perfect the way you are…whatever that may be at thentime.

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Hello @georgette12, Thanks for checking in with us. It is so good to hear from you. Please stay in touch with us, we are glad to have you as part of our group and we value your input. We can read your posts just fine and understand what you are saying. Be blessed today. Teresa

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@hopeful33250

@johnhans I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you are having with depression and the isolating effects of health problems. Transportation is a serous problems for seniors. Is there any senior transportation in your vicinity? What about NAMI support groups? If these are not possible, you might try some “book-therapy.” Do some reading by authors who specialize in depression. David Burns comes to mind as one author who writes about changing your thoughts so that your mood will change. Let’s hear what some others are reading, Can you suggest some authors or books about dealing with depression, @georgette12 @jimhd @johnjames @rspaulling @safetyshield?

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Hi all: @johnjames gave us four different books that have been helpful to him in understanding depression. I was wondering if there are other books out there that have helped any of you, @jimhd @johnhans @lesbatts @gailb @georgette12 @rspaulling, please share with us titles and authors and let us know what was helpful to you. You are all so thoughtful and encouraging, I feel blessed to have met you through this remarkable online forum! Teresa

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@hopeful33250

@jimhd How wonderful that you fill your life with a variety of activities. That is so important! Depression is the one thing that will not get better with bed rest. Your life style shows great wisdom, Jim. Thanks for allowing us to get to know you better, you are an asset to our group here at Mayo Connect. Teresa
(PS I like what you said, “depression doesn’t seem to live by any rules.” So true!)

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Thank you for the information. I click the Report, but i don’t think I said urgent. I hope your post stays on this site so we can continue to have access to it. I may have over reacted, but i thought that was better than doing nothing in case there was really a problem. Gail

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@overwhelmed

Hi @georgette12 and All, I just noticed on one of your posts that you are having an issue with MCC and drafts. As @colleenyoung responded, I do not think that the ability to save drafts is available at this time. Frankly I am not sure whether they will ever offer it for several reasons including the amount extra space they would need and the cleanup that would need to be done on a regular basis to trash the orphaned drafts.
May I suggest that you use notebook, word or some other text app. that you can save your drafts to while you “multi-task”. Once you are done with, & happy with your message you can post it via cut & paste. Viola. Not great, but an alternative.
BTW, I too learned by way of the disappearing draft!!! ha ha

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Hi everyone, I just started reading this because I got an email. I think anyone that has severe and prolonged trauma in childhood should consider whether they have dissociative disorder. It’s a trauma related disorder from childhood trauma. Your mind splits in childhood to deal with trauma. It allowed you to function even though people were hurting you. Not allowed to talk about it. Be normal. Get good grades. Keep secrets. Pretend everything is OK when it is not. I deal with my dissociative disorder by reading my Bible every day, hiking in the woods, and seeing a psychologist weekly that understands dissociative disorder. I do go to church but I don’t expect people to understand. I go to church for worship and a pastoral message. They aren’t able to deal with mental health because they’re not professionals. Forgive them. Live. Linda

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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I’m wondering the same. Has georgette 12 responded?

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Colleen Young said she’d let us know as soon as she learned anything.

Jim

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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We haven’t heard anything yet from @georgette12. We took measures to reach out to her in several ways. Thank you for your ongoing concern. I will let you know as soon as I hear from her.

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Wow. I hope she’s ok. Thanks Colleen.

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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Yes, she definitely seemed like she was thinking about doing it. It was like she was reaching out for a last chance.

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@colleenyoung

@hopeful33250 @jimhd @gailb @johnjames @lesbatts Thank you for reaching out to Georgette. I’m on this and will report back as soon as I can.

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Another book that’s helped me- I wanted to share, !. “Day After Day The Price You Pay” – ” Managing Your Second- Hand Shock” which deals allot with depression. BY: Dr Ellie Izzo. 2008. 2 ” Surviving Depression ” BY: Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP 2004 JJAMES

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