magine if all the tumult of the body were to quiet down, along with all our busy thoughts about earth, sea, and air; if the very world should stop, and the mind cease thinking about itself, go beyond itself, and be quite still; if all the fantasies that appear in dreams and imagination should cease, and there be no speech, no sign: Imagine if all things that are perishable grew still - for if we listen they are saying, "We did not make ourselves; he made us who abides forever" - imagine, then, that they should say this and fall silent, listening to the very voice of him who made them and not to that of his creation; so that we should hear not his word through the tongues of men, nor the voice of angels, nor the clouds' thunder, nor any symbol, but the very Self which in these things we love, and go beyond ourselves to attain a flash of that eternal wisdom that abides above all things: And imagine if that moment were to go on and on, leaving behind all other sights and sounds but this one vision that ravishes and absorbs and fixes the beholder in joy; so that the rest of eternal life were like that moment of illumination that leaves us breathless: Would this not be what is bidden in scripture, Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord?

    November 8, 2013
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    Hello everyone. I have been off-line & off-life for a while, but in the past year, I've worked myself back into life. My anxiety and depression levels are so much better. Mostly, because I was living in a rundown boarding house in a rundown room with another person. Stuck in a dark, joyless life where everyday was the same. My answer was to self-medicate until I would nod out for the day. And this was my life. Now, I'm back home, with my mom & son and life is so much brighter. I work on the garden and it brings me joy. Joy is something I never thought I'd feel again. I still have a way to go though. My depression still is there and I am working through it. Hopefully, u all will be a help. I'm not alone! Thanks for listening :-)

    June 15, 2013
    1:04 PM
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    hi I'm new here and I don't know how to fill out my profile

    October 30, 2012
    11:06 PM
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    Hello...I've been dealing with anxiety disorder and depression for the last 14 years. After trial and error of many kinds of treatment I finally found doctors I developed a good working relationship with 4 years ago. Medicines, therapy and focussing on developing techniques to identify and manage my symptoms have been helping me perform more of my daily duties now. I'm here to learn from others facing the same issues and their experiences and also, be of help to anyone and share techniques that help me.

    October 21, 2012
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    Interesting when Dan says "If you live with someone whose depression is not adequately treated, keep pointing the way toward help." Well after 42 years...yes forty-two years of being married to a man who refuses to even acknowledge that he might battle a depression which is quite possibly Dysthymia. As a Christian wife committed to my marital vows, I have endured marriage to a man who chief complaint has always been, "I'm not happy". Now after a life time of trying to make this marriage work and for the second time in three years, he has left. Just like before he waited until I was not home, left a note and just moved out without any warning, knowing how devastated I was the last time and despite his promise that he would never just leave a note but that he would talk to me first if ever again he felt the need to leave...and if you think there is more to this story I can assure you that there isn't. We had not been fighting or arguing, etc, quite the opposite actually. He had become quite sullen, quiet and avoided even mundane conversation. Asking him what was wrong or suggesting that he see his doctor agitated him to the nth degree, so I quit trying. I now realize that I cannot make him happy no matter how hard I try because true happiness has to come from within. I have spent my entire adult life married to a man who is just not happy. For me, the subsequent rejection has been awful. We have married kids and grand kids who are all being affected by this and just like before my husband says that he doesn't want us to get back together. I am quite devastated by all of this and at a loss. Even though I have not stopped loving my husband, I am not sure that I am willing to go through this again...This is definitely not how I envisioned my "golden years".

    August 30, 2012
    6:00 PM
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    How do I post to this group's forum. Perhaps this is the way, so I will see

    February 28, 2012
    7:56 PM
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    Hi people C: greetings from Colombia, i'm not really good on english but i do I can hehe, so I hope we can talk or something C: I was lost, but I discovered that jesus give me a second chance and I want to find more the good way

    December 17, 2011
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    Not sure if I'm in the right spot, looking for others who also have depression. I am looking for ideas on how to inspire myself to keep up with praying, etc. I do great for a week or so then the next thing I know Ive quit again. Up and down no happy medium. so if anyone has suggestions Id love to hear how you keep your faith daily. I can't say has I have much support at home, your just suppose to "get over it" Im where I could care less about any of the things I usually love to do, I dread going to work and just feel totally lost and alone.

    September 18, 2011
    11:32 PM
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    Hi. I'm new to this forum but not new to depression. I've read some posts and feel similarities. Every morning I wake up drained and wanting to go back to sleep. I'm so tired of reaching out only to be put off or told how things will get better or how much worse things could be. I of all people know things can always get worse. I think about that continually and it makes me even more paralized! Right now I'm having a panic attack. I don't want to be a downer, but I've been down for years now and so down lately I called a suicide hotline and was referred to a mental health group. I've attended the group a few times. It does seem helpful if only to get me out of my room and house, but even that seems like a deterrent from looking for work, and I don't feel like I quite fit in with this type of help. There must be somewhere for me to belong. I feel very dislocated and totally isolated from family who don't seem to get it and friends who don't return calls. I sound like a loser, guess I am right now. It seems like whatever I try backfires, so I'm learning to keep my mouth shut and listen. I think this is a good thing except I still feel even more isolated and not understood. It would help immensely to feel heard. There must be some way to get this negative energy out in a positive way. But how? Is there anybody out there? If so, please reply. Thanks and God Bless you.

    August 31, 2011
    12:46 PM
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    Hello Beyond Blue members. I am new here and really excited to see a group like this. I really could use some support and I think just conversing with all of you will help me! I look forward to hearing from and about all of you. HDoc

    August 25, 2011
    3:33 PM
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