• 2 months ago

    Looking for Hope

    I am searching for any thoughts, ideas or coping techniques that have helped people keep fighting their battle with mental illness. Starting with a depression diagnosis at age 19, then the onset of severe anxiety in my forties and an additional diagnosis of bipolar, I have been fighting for a long time - 35 years. I have had many treatments over these years, including medication, Electro-consulsive therapy, ketamine infusions, numerous hospitalizations, Intensive Outpatient Programs and counseling. Occasionally, joy and authentic feelings will break through my symptoms, and give me some hope. Recently, things have been very dark.

    If anyone has something to share to help combat the lack of connectedness, and the hopelessness that accompanies the severe times, I would greatly appreciate it.

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Looking for Hope

    54 years and having this issue. You will be okay. Continue your therapy and never stop seeing your doctor.
    And stay connected with your beloved family and relatives.
    Good luck
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Looking for Hope

    Hi. I have general anxiety disorder and I had depression. I'm trying to think what helped me? I think something that helped me was being around friends because they are like a distraction from the illness for me. Talk to people and be open. Meet people experiencing the same things you are. Don't listen to sad music honestly it made my feelings so much worse. Go out and do something in life! Don't sit in your room and lie to yourself like I did. It doesn't help. Now these aren't treatment plans but they are some small things that helped me. Wishing 2020 is a good year for you! And never give up because there is only 1 life and your freedom time will come.