I am finally back to my old self. And I just wanted to share a few things that I have learned. While depressed I could not sleep at all and of course you can't. That rotten feeling in the morning of no sleep. I finally gave in to the doctor and started taking sleeping pills. I slept like a rock and felt physically so much better the next day. Not out of the woods but a definite difference. I really think that sleep is so crucial to mental health. Do you know that no sleep will kill a person before no food will. I forgot where I saw that but...I had no idea that no sleep could kill you. Although, most would fall asleep before it got to the point of you body just calling it quits. Anyway, I think it gives you a little room to breath when in the depression. Then you have a little space to think and figure stuff out. Life is difficult and in a way futile. Everyone is going to die. That is a fact. Therefore, everyone...no matter what you do in the meantime can seem pointless or cherished. Don't feel the pressure of time...that you are not experiencing life as you should. Nothing is perfect and sometimes it is just like a late bloomer...maybe your time has not come yet. Be patient and simplify life for yourself. Know what you strongly believe and at the same time be respectful of others. Everyone has a story that is not so different than yours. At the core everyone is you and you are everyone else. Anything you gives to others you are giving to yourself. Think of the whole and beware of making too many differences that cause conflict with yourself. Judging yourself....If we are all one than all the beauty and sucess of others we share in...you have a right to it. Do be so focused on personal achievements...it is not always all about you. Your life all the smallest things are affecting everyone around you. The art that you experience from someone who is not even living affects you. You affect your children, your parents, your neighbors...and you are affected by them and also people you don't even know firsthand. Inspiring news stories...even the bad experiences have a purpose....maybe just to remind you to be aware of the bad and not be too idealistic. Anyway...this is my second bout with depression and I can see how it is progressive and that if you do not stop it, it is a monster... I hope everyone recovers...it is not quick and you need extra patience...it might be just around the corner...don't give up
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