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    Hi I am Pauline There really is Hope. I was so depressed at one time that I was despondent and psycotic Through medication a very good psycotherapist friendship support, focusing on creativity and a husband who has stuck by me through ups and downs I have made awesome progress compared to where I was mentally and emotionally. Thank God for loving support like you. Let's keep up the good work for ourselves and each other.

    March 21, 2010
    11:34 PM
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    hi, my name is Laura, and I can totally identify with most if not all of the issues mentioned; that i read since signing in, 5 minutes ago. I too, am in recovery from Depression, PTSD, and Substance Aduse. My life is generally good today, yet, I too, suffer from occassional "brain srtuggles, loss of hope , etc. I have three beautiful children and am in a constant search for tools to keep growing, finding inner sregnth, peace and happiness..I am in awe of just how wonderful life can be when you let it! I, too, was extremely challanged in the spiritual sense, but when I entered S.A. recovery for the final time in Oct.2008, I decided to turn 'it' over to the Lord..i'm learning, slowly, to trust in Him...He really does have a reason for everything he does! Would love to chat!

    March 17, 2010
    10:03 PM
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    I have to start trying things and this seems like a good spot. I receive daily emails from beyond blue and I admire her persistance. I'm struggling, lost - battling deppression, some say bipolar. I lost my company a year ago. I've been trying to take care of my kids rather than stick them with babysitters and afterschool programs, but it's taking everything I have. I feel like I failed as a father, a husband, a person. Now I'm just praying with every once of my soul and here I am bearing myself on the internet to a group I guess. I lost contact with all my friends, don't work and so I thought this might be a good spot to try to make some friends. I am in therapy, church and a group. I could go on forever, but I guess this should be enough. Any spiritual support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and God bless!

    March 13, 2010
    4:20 PM
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    Hi My name is Tina. I am very new to this site, I too have Depression like most of us. I started about 18 months ago seeing a therapist.I am still trying meds to help me with me depression. I am recovery addicted from alcohol,/cocaine,/crack......My last use was on May 14,2008.....I cant believe that I am actually writing this and it feels good to talk about. I know in my Heart I need as much support with this Depression as the rest of us, I am here to learn to live with my depression I do not not know how to deal with,,,thanks for your time and have A Bless Day>>>>>>>>>>>>

    March 13, 2010
    10:47 AM
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    Hello, I just want to introduce myself. My name is Amanda. I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Depression. With medication and therapy, it is almost manageable. I hope to meet people on here with similar problems that want to talk about some of your experiences. I know that God is with us, but we all need a friend now and again. May God bless you.

    March 8, 2010
    1:28 AM
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    Hello to all. I just joined this group today. I have severe depression, PTSD and other related illnesses. The ONLY thing that has helped me to date is medication...I hope to talk with a lot of you in the near future. Take care all, Robert.

    February 28, 2010
    5:49 PM
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    hi Ive suffered from severe depreesion for years, even the pills they shoved down me didn't work . i gotten so bad at time i thought to end it all, but something stopped me every time i came close to ending it all. one thing i did learn was i wanted to live even if it was by myself. i found that no matter who you think is your friend, better not count on it ,they'll always back out when you you need them .so hang in there and keep trying ,god is always there, even when you don't think so, and he's the only true friend you will find for life. but there are people who will try for awhile to help even though they can't.

    February 27, 2010
    10:12 PM
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    I have suffered from depression since 1999. MY name is shannon I am 35 years old.At this time in my life I was 21 or 22 I had one little girl named samantha and she was a year and a half . I had one baby on the way also ! Her dad and I were living in an apartment together and we had been together about 2 yrs at this time . His name is mike anyways on Mother's Day 1999 I had been shopping all day and I got home and at this time her dad and I were separated so I brought Sam in the house and put her in her crib. She fell asleep in the car and so a few minutes later I went in to give her a bottle and she started convulsing and having a siezure and she was unconsious I was on the phone with my mom and she said as I described what was happening and she said it was the flu and I said bye My neighbor upstairs thank god heard me screaming and took me to the e.r. I was in shock. We get to the E.R. and not even a half hour later they tell me that she had ,had a brainstem anerysm . (a vessel in your brain that explodes). This is my baby almost 2 yrs old this couldn't be happening not to me. I was having a real live nightmare. so anyways they took her to the intesive care unit . I called my family immediatley they all came, her dad came too. so then a few days later they decided to do an operation to stop the bleeding and by then it was too late she was brain dead. I prayed everyday that god would take her bc I didn't want to see her suffer anymore. she got sick on april something and she died on june 16th,1999 Father's Day! What a great present for her Dad and my dad! I couldn't believe that god would take her from me but in that same month he gave me a healthy little sister for her (Serena) My angel! She made me have to live for her and for me! I miss Sam everyday but I know that she is happy and now 10 years later I have to be ! I just went through another bad spell but I know God is going to help! He is always on our side you just have to believe. thanks for letting me share my story it was hard but I needed to! God Bless!

    February 23, 2010
    10:51 PM
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    I have battled depression for years..and will beat it through the power of God and the power of forgiveness..and loving myself as God loves me..and others! If I can do all can too! God bless you all!

    February 22, 2010
    1:38 PM
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    Meditate...Don't Medicate! Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Do your emotions just happen all by themselves, or do your thoughts create the sad emotional response? Depression is a result of continuous thinking about the aspects or challenges you are facing. If you are unhappy with your life, or some aspect of it, your emotional response will tell you if what you're thinking is in your highest good. If you think about how much you hate your job, and then you feel unhappy about it, your emotional response is telling you; 'this doesn't feel good, you need do change something here!' It seems obvious doesn't it? But many of us then become fearful of making a change, as we don't like change, the unknown is scary because we don't know what's really going to happen with something new. But when you think about or experience something good in your life, you FEEL great, right? Well your emotions are now telling you to keep this up because it feels great! Your emotions are there to guide you through your life...however, many of us, get 'stuck' in the ones that make us feel bad, and we keep thinking how bad we feel, which in turn represses the brain's biochemical release of the 'feel-good' chemical responses. So, it becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to find your way out of. However, the best solution is not to take a pill that will interfere with body's ability to function properly, but to start meditating, each and every day! Additionally, and if you've been dealing with depression for a long time, you will need to keep positive, inspiring visual images and messages in front of you, all day, to help your brain 'rewire' the depression program into a positive, happy program. Your brain works like a computer, so whatever you're programing it with, it will take in and play back out in your life. Meditation, however, accesses your "Inner You" and the wisdom and joy that we all are capable of experiencing...we just aren't taught how to do this in kindergarten, so many of us need to learn to do this now! Meditating is not only important for people dealing with depression, but for everyone! We are all living in an extremely chaotic world, and it is easy to become emotionally overwhelmed! We over-schedule our lives, have become addicted to watching too much TV and managing our lives through our mobile media devices! We need to go 'within' and learn to create from this space, as it is the highway to creating the life that you want! The first thing you can do to improve your life is to turn off the TV - especially the nightly news! Then, begin to meditate every day. Find someone qualified to teach you. There are many types of meditation out there, so it will easy for you to find one that suits you best. I have developed a specific meditation process that will guide you to opening your Heart Center and accessing YOUR inner wisdom and joy! I will be happy to teach anyone how to use this meditation to leave depression behind and begin living from the Heart and experiencing the joy and happiness of life again! Please email me and I'll teach you in less than 30 minutes.

    February 20, 2010
    4:21 AM
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