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01 Feb 2008

CS
Hello again CS.  last time I posted you mentioned that you have new challenges to deal with.  I hope you are coping, as you dont have forum to post on. : )I have a psychologist and a psychiatrist, but would value your opinion.  I believe I have come a long way since my first serious depression episode.  I have tried to use all the positive thinking and used the advice given by these professionals to me and yet still I fall.   What is troubling me at the moment is that some thoughts are coming back.  eg.  I'm eyeing the cliff that I could just in a split second ride over, this is on a road I travel everyday.  These thoughts just come into my mind.  I also feel as though at times I have no feelings and am watching myself.  Please your advice would be most appreciated.  I am worried that I slip back, and I wont have the strength this time.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hmm, interesting concept, a forum for forum-folks, to have our own space to vent !
Everything I hear from you suggests you have indeed come a long way since that first episode. Are you seeing a CBT or other therapist ? It'd be worth exploring alternatives as to what to do when those negative thoughts arise. I remember working with a Zen master who dealt with them by swatting them away like flies --- deliberately and calmly shooshing them away and swiftly moving on to concentreate on something else ( ANYTHING ELSE ! )
If you're at a phase of not being under active treatment at present, maybe take these experiences as an early-warning signal, and get back to medication / therapy, whatever works best for you. One needs to act against the depression while one still has enough strength to do so effectively.
Amd of course, unbeknownst to you, any of us might be beneath that cliff as you pass by .... Stay on the good road, literally and metaphorically.
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