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Jul 21, 2018 · Doing things to relieve depression... Motivation and ideas in Depression & Anxiety

Congratulations on keeping your depression in check. Like you I’m 57 and experienced major depression after a series of traumatic life events which caused me to take time off from work. Then my (58) year old sister got insanely jealous my dad was helping me financially for the first time ever and ostracized me from my family five years and this is when the suicidal ideation presented, I was terrified, I isolated and couldn’t believe my entire family believed my sisters lies.

During the worst of it I went to Northwestern University’s Intensive Outpatient program. 4 days per week for 3 hours for 3 months. The group teaching subject that helped me the most was DBT Therapy or also called Distress Tolerance.

It was almost immediate that when I read accepting your situation versus fighting against It lessons suffering. There are many useful mindfulness exercises which when encorported DO elevate the pain. It takes practice but taught in a group forum you meet new people and incorporte very useful tools to combat the depression that tries to take our lives away.

Distress tolerance and radical acceptance reduce pain from depression significantly but you must be diligent in incorporating these easy exercises throughout your day.

I’m taking the class again it helped so much. Behavior Health Centers associated with major medical centers typically offer free or greatly reduced pricing.

Like you I must exercise more also.

Jul 21, 2018 · Depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hang in there.

I, too, suffer depression and PTSD due to multiple traumas plus a sister who managed to ostracize me from my extended family for five years – actually the isolation brought on by the ostracizing triggered the depression.

I go in and out of depression. I was ok for awhile but I recently learned my niece excluded me from her wedding most likely due to the lies she heard from my sister.

My other niece and nephew also excluded me from their weddings 2 and 4 years ago. I was way on my way to getting over the first two now the 3rd wedding is on 9/1/18 and all the pain is resurfaced.

My dad is furious about the abuse I’m being subjected to but my niece is paying for her own wedding so what can he do.

I did nothing to hurt anyone so I have no idea why this hurtful excluding continues.

I’m single, 57, young looking for my age, currently not working due to on and off depression.

Be happy your family is there. Depression comes and goes. Stay positive for the time very soon when the darkness will cease and the sun will return.

Plus you just moved, not in therapy and meds are not stable. Make these three areas priorities; you have children to take care of and your own life to live.

This is what helps me most: the depression and anxiety have stolen 4 years of my life. I’m taking back my happy self and living purposely engaging in whatever will help to reclaim my life.

Please do the same!