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Hello everyone,<br>
I had severe PPD 2 years ago and it has been slowly fading away over the past year since I got help from a holistic practioner that treats depression. (Diet, nutrient supps, amino acids). I have always had a meloncholy side to my personality. I am generally happy but then I can get really introspective/down/sad for a few days sometimes. I have been crying for 2 days because I feel so isolated where I live and it was a fincial/energy hardship to move here (long story). All I want to do is move back to our old town about 25 min from here. We rented the house that we left so we could move back there. Of course that will bring a lot of hasle to me and dh (he is self-employed contractor, so it take stiume away form his business).<br><br>
I just have a hard time knowing if times like this are my sensitive personality, real depression that I need help for or if I am just "normal". Even when I was younger I would go through times like this--my father said I would just start crying out of nowhere that my parents would die someday. I would always have disturbing nightmares also.<br><br>
Anyway. I hope this makes sense,<br>
Jen
 

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I think I have the same type of personality that you do. I've always been mercurial, and suffered several espisodes of major depression during my lifetime. I've been taking antidepressants for a long time and last year did a course of therapy. The therapy was very interesting - Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Basically when we discussed the question that you're answering, the way to look at it using ACT is to realize that you do have these "down" periods, and that they usually last a few days, a week, whatever. I had to really look and see what <i>good</i> came out of feeling so down, and realized that I feel more empathic, more in touch with the world, and appreciate music, poetry, and prose more during those times.<br><br>
Anyway, it totally makes sense that you're having those feelings because of the stress and isolation related to the move. Consider keeping a "mood diary" to see how long the depressive feelings last. Maybe they will lessen considerably in the next few days and you will see things in a brighter light. It seems that just knowing that you tend to have these "down" days means that you know you will have the "up" days soon. HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think I have the same type of personality that you do. I've always been mercurial, and suffered several espisodes of major depression during my lifetime. I've been taking antidepressants for a long time and last year did a course of therapy. The therapy was very interesting - Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Basically when we discussed the question that you're answering, the way to look at it using ACT is to realize that you do have these "down" periods, and that they usually last a few days, a week, whatever. I had to really look and see what <i>good</i> came out of feeling so down, and realized that I feel more empathic, more in touch with the world, and appreciate music, poetry, and prose more during those times.<br><br>
Anyway, it totally makes sense that you're having those feelings because of the stress and isolation related to the move. Consider keeping a "mood diary" to see how long the depressive feelings last. Maybe they will lessen considerably in the next few days and you will see things in a brighter light. It seems that just knowing that you tend to have these "down" days means that you know you will have the "up" days soon. HTH!</div>
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Thank you for sharing this. I don't know that many people who have this personality type. I actually get through the down days knowing they will only last 1-3 days. I talked to my best friend and we are a lot alike (and she knows me very well). She does not think I am clinically depressed, but that I am very sensitive and my environment effects me more than others. She reminded me that I was always very happy when I lived in small downtown areas where I could walk everywhere and people were out and about. She does best in metropolitan areas and was depressed in grad school while she lived in the suburbs. Anyway......<br><br>
It is true there are positive points to this type of personality, it's just hard to feel that way when I am meloncoly. I will probably have to live here one more year (we have lived here almost 1 year already), so I need a plan to get through this time.....<br><br>
Jen
 
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