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Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - February 12th 2017, 12:26 PM

Lately I've made a lot of efforts to improve my life. I've applied for a job, have been exercising everyday, reading more, practice shooting my bow everyday, and I even tried to begin drawing again. But I still feel numb inside and even the slightest hint of a sarcastic or aggressive comment makes me angry, and I feel an empty feeling of depression most of the time, if that makes sense. I feel numb where when I tell my family I love them, I know I mean it but I just can't feel it. I can't remember how long I've felt like this but i's been too long. I've also always been an introverted person and social activity drains me, but lately I've been feeling intense longing, like I want to connect with someone who gets me but I don't have many friends. Making friends has never really been my strong suit and I really only have one close friend. I've never dated anyone or anything like that, and last year accepted that I was gay. Sometimes I want to try to get to know people and see the kinds of people I connect with but I always think about getting myself together, to no avail. I also hold myself to impossible levels of perfectionism due to my OCD and it drives me crazy sometimes. I just feel like I am not useful or needed anywhere, and I don't have any talents. I'm a hunter and I fish and I love archery, that's about the only few things I'm certain about with myself. I feel lost about who I am at this point.

I honestly just want to talk to someone who has similar issues or if anyone has any advice on dealing with my situation I'd really appreciate it.
   
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Re: Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - February 13th 2017, 12:59 AM

Hi there,

I believe that there are a lot of users here that can relate to what you're currently going through. I've been struggling with depression/bipolar for most of my life (started off as depression then bipolar). I honestly don't remember my life as a normal human. So I completely get where you're coming from, and I completely understand just how difficult it can be. You're not alone in this world. There is always people out there who care about you, you just have to try and convince yourself that there are.

Have you talked to anyone about how you're feeling? I tried to go through life without medication, but there was no way I was going to be able to get through, so I finally went to see my doctor/psychiatrist. I hope that we can help you start to feel better. We are all here for you if you need anything.

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Re: Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - February 22nd 2017, 11:52 PM

I relate closely to what you said, and I am sorry that you have been thinking all of those things. My first piece of advice is to see a therapist (if you aren't already). They know what you are going through very closely and are a person you can really open up to. If you are unable to get a therapist due to financial problems or anything else, I would advice opening up to your friend or close family. Both love you unconditionally and will do anything to help you.

The next thing is just to step out of your comfort zone. Yes, that is very hard, trust me, I know. But if you just start small and get bigger every day, it will really help. Maybe just talking to someone that you sit with in class or at lunch, but have that be your goal. Set a goal every week or so to try to achieve, and don't make it too crazy. Work up to it over the course of the week and if you don't make it, don't get to upset. But if you do, reward yourself, because that's amazing!!!! Maybe find someone in one of your classes that you would like to know, and work up to talking to them.

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Re: Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - February 23rd 2017, 11:04 AM

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I relate closely to what you said, and I am sorry that you have been thinking all of those things. My first piece of advice is to see a therapist (if you aren't already). They know what you are going through very closely and are a person you can really open up to. If you are unable to get a therapist due to financial problems or anything else, I would advice opening up to your friend or close family. Both love you unconditionally and will do anything to help you.

The next thing is just to step out of your comfort zone. Yes, that is very hard, trust me, I know. But if you just start small and get bigger every day, it will really help. Maybe just talking to someone that you sit with in class or at lunch, but have that be your goal. Set a goal every week or so to try to achieve, and don't make it too crazy. Work up to it over the course of the week and if you don't make it, don't get to upset. But if you do, reward yourself, because that's amazing!!!! Maybe find someone in one of your classes that you would like to know, and work up to talking to them.

Good luck and don't be afraid to IM me if you need anything
Thank you. I'm homeschooled right now and I try to get out but it's not always possible for me to talk to people. I'm planning on going to counseling soon. I've never been good at sharing my feelings and stuff, and my mom is extremely stressed and depressed so I don't like to tell her anything. My dad is sick so she's always focused on him and my sister who I was close to just moved across the country so my mom is also depressed about that. I try to talk to her sometimes but she just gets mad and then I get angrier and frustrated with her and don't bother talking to her again. I know it isn't all her fault with everything that is and has been going for many years in this house and before that but it still irritates me that she can't be there for me. I've always felt like I have to fend for myself, emotionally and mentally anyways. My parents do try to support me but they are preoccupied with other things. My friend isn't always available either as she has her own friends too and her own life. I talk to her whenever I can though, we help each other with both our problems.
   
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Re: Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - March 2nd 2017, 05:46 AM

Social connectedness is important to fight depression. In The Depression Cure, one argues that the brain mistakenly interprets the pain of depression as an infection. Thinking that isolation is needed, it sends messages to the sufferer to "crawl into a hole and wait for it all to go away". This can be disastrous because what depressed people really need is the opposite: more human contact.

Which is why social connectedness forms one-sixth of his "lifestyle based" cure for depression. The other five elements are meaningful activity (to prevent "ruminating" on negative thoughts); regular exercise; a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids; daily exposure to sunlight; and good quality, restorative sleep.
   
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Re: Increasingly depressed, bad sleep, loneliness - March 2nd 2017, 08:08 PM

their is always online support forums targeted towards people with mental health issues
   
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