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23 Jan 2006

Depression time?
Dear CS

Although I don't post that often, I do visit regularly and keep up to date with some of my favourite regulars here, and love to read the great advice provided by many of the readers.

I got much help out of the site about 18 months ago when you, and the many other forumers helped me get through "self-mutilation" issues. I'm happy to report that it's been 18 months since I last cut myself.

The reason I am posting this though, is that in the last few weeks it appears that there are more and more regulars of the site who are going through a depressed phase. I also feel my emotions are a bit shakey at present, and I was wondering whether you thought it was possible that when you are prone to depression, or are Bipolar, that reading about other's depression could trigger some of those negative emotions and start a spiral downwards.

Is it possibly a time of year where more people are prone to get depressed? It might be possible too, that because I am feeling a bit emotional at present, that my perception is skewed, but I am curious to know what the forums thoughts are about this.

Regards
Chelle

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hello again, Chelle --- and hearty congratulations on 18 cut-free months ! Terrific news !
Some people have a form of depression very sensitive to the seasons and thus time of year ; and for many, the stresses of "happy" Christmas and other factors, seem to lead to a slump in mood in January. Thismorning, the British SKY news ( DSTV channel 52 ) was full of stories about how some British researchers have calculated that today, january 23, is the saddest and most depressing day of the year.
Pleased to hear that my red-pen / elsatic band program turned out to be useful. Maybe kat should search back in the archives, and try it ?
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