Ugh, I'm in the same place with organization- I've had an ankle-deep layer of styrofoam peanuts around my TV/computer desk for months now because they're too big for the vacuum cleaner, too small and numerous to be worth the effort picking up one at a time, and nobody but me (and once, a couple of maintenance guys to fix the washing machine- the highlight of my social calendar) has ever been inside my apartment since I moved in over a year ago so who gives a shit? Not to mention the unassembled bookshelf still in its box, teetering piles of books and CDs, unread email, etc. Things reached a head this weekend when I realized I'd been stepping around a huge cardboard box full of recyclable paper for almost 6 months because I hadn't been able to work up the enthusiasm to leave my apartment and haul it to the dumpster.
― a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
I've got an unassembled bookcase still in its box that was delivered in early January, whilst we still had snow and ice in the UK. And I've been stepping round a bag of laundry from last November - the last batch I did at the laundrette whilst my washing machine was broken.
Haven't vacuumed for a couple of months - though that's more because vacuuming brings on my asthma really badly.
― Bob Six, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
I know it probably wasn't the intention, but a hoy hoy and telephone thing, you've brightened up my evening, thanks
― Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
there's research on the subject of how one's environment affects one's mood - but someone else has posted about this in other threads
― sarahel, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm feeling pretty good now after doing it. Ok so i only did about 4 parts of my 15 pt list and the stuff 'organised' has meant that i now have just some towers of mess in designated areas, like my desk but at least i am focussed on the football and not 'omg this is a hell hole' for now :)
― a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
Oh man, that is an awesome list. I should start doing that shit.
― Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
Inspired by this thread, I washed the dishes at half time rather than just sitting on my arse and waiting on my other half to do it. This is Progress.
― ailsa, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
I now want to eat grapes and learn to play the ukelule (loads of my friends seem to be doing the latter, perhaps it is a sign).
― ailsa, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
really should water plant looking back. also wth at not being able to spell loaf.
― a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
my dad randomly decided to buy me one off of ebay and i'm all like uuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm ok, i'll guess i'll eventually learn it? cheers?
― a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
loath = hi dere dr freud
― ailsa, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
There should be a What Does Your To Do List Look Like in September? thread
― Bob Six, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
What's stopping you? Go ahead and start one, I promise to post (but not first - no way to take pic right now and it is bedtime).
I find that when I'm borderline, lists can be the only way to get anything done (if I'm sunk deep they don't help). Like a hoy hoy, mine often include "shower" and "get bread". I can manage w/o list items for those things atm but still need items for more obscure things like "put out rubbish". It is ridic how much the brain appreciates these little task/reward cycles (even if the reward is just a tick*).
*In fact, I can't think of a reward better than a tick. It takes no time and doesn't require a shopping trip. Any suggestions?
― Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
I've never been able to stick to a list. Anyway, I've suddenly (within the last few hours) plunged into a deep, guilt-ridden depression, and I don't know what's causing it. I can't stop myself from posting to ILX--I hope I don't end up hogging threads and/or posting anything I'll regret. My husband's been acting a bit strange these last few days--I'm hoping that it's his flu and the pain medication he's taking for his back, and not oncoming depression.
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 03:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
get grady to give you both an idea for a cheap date to knock you both out of it :)
― a hoy hoy, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
keeping a relatively clean & organized room is really one of the keys to my own mental sanity
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
Do we have a thread somewhere on keys to mental sanity?
― Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
having a creative project -- one that i'm not too invested in emotionally or financially -- really helps for me. lately it's been cooking. i know i'm good at it, it has a time limit (it's done when it's done, not when my ego decides it's done), and the payoff is very quick.
― corn smut (get bent), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
another thing is keeping up with stuff outside my own head. it doesn't have to be the news; it can be rare mp3s from ubuweb or a movie from netflix. sometimes people who think i'm "smart" ask me how i know so much, and the real answer is that a lot of what i know i learned during periods of escapism. cuz face it, depression is boring.
― corn smut (get bent), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
Both of these are impossible for me when I'm depressed. The one thing that seems to work for me, other than waiting for it to go away, is going somewhere new and/or working for a new or infrequent patient. I'm bothered by the fact that I seem to need constant changes in scenery (or constant interaction with lots of people, which is impossible with my job) to stay sane.
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think the drugs are working. As a result I also have a clearer image of the bad period. the whole summer I didn't do much in the shop. Nor in the house. Now that I am feeling better, I am sorting stuff out like mad. I had five bags of garbage on monday. Woha. I hate cleaning - thank god we have a cleaner or my depression would consist of layers of dust - but I do love sorting things out. So I have been doing that. Even cleaning a little. lol. I also seem to do more in the shop as well. That said, my sinus has been acting up really badly, so I spend some days being miserable in bed. lol. Also been cooking al little more. When I was in my dark period, I didn't do much at all in the kitchen. :-(
I still need to set a date for therapy though. I think I'll go in October. My GP's daughter is a psychologist. Why not do it that way? They can check how I am doing.
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:17 AM
― markers, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think the drugs are working.
*Hugs Nathalie* I knew this would happen eventually.
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm better than I was last night, thank goodness. My husband and mother-in-law have colds, and I think I might be catching it too--I've mistaken coming down with something with being depressed before.
― Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
xpost thanks. <3
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
Does this burst of energy dwindle? I have been quite energitic. Really been working a lot (certainly compared to the previous months).
Also called a psychologist (daughter of my GP). I am happy. But that's the thing: I feel as though I don't need therapy cause I have the pills. Then again I do feel the anxiety under the surface somehow.
― Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
it does, but in my experience it just kinda evens out. The next step is developing healthy ways of dealing with the anxiety and other problems when they inevitably get triggered. Good luck! :)
― sarahel, Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
^^^cosign. And therapy can help sort out and dissipate the anxiety. I had a few sessions before the meds and I found it quite useful. Going to my first session since being on meds and am looking forward to it. I'd suggest aligning your needs with a psych's specialties. Each is more attuned to specific causes and effects of depression.
― shaane, Wednesday, 29 September 2010 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Thursday, 21 October 2010 21:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
OK, was going to post a link to my doc throughout high school (lots and lots and lots of drugs) and "fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-" or something else pithy and clever before realizing a) that's really kind of a bad idea and b) BBcode takes a shit and dies when it encounters urls that contain square brackets. Just suffice to say that the numbers were very high, and that's just for Q1 2010 (Eli Lilly), Q3-4 2009 (Pfizer- oh man, Pfizer) and Q1-Q2 (AstraZeneca). Admittedly, AstraZeneca wasn't too bad- a $200 speaking fee- but this is just for three drug companies.
― muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Thursday, 21 October 2010 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
I decided today that this winter, as a therapeutic measure ("make a movie to solve a problem," my favorite college teacher used to say), I'm going to make a short documentary about the nature of depression and the differing models that exist. Any suggestions for books/movies/articles I should read? I've already got "Manufacturing Depression" on my list. Also if you happen to know of any particularly eloquent experts on the subject who live in Utah, plz to refer.
― ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm sure you have "The Noonday Demon" on your list if you've not already read it? Andrew Solomon.
― quincie, Thursday, 18 November 2010 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
I just started thinking about this 8 hours ago, so I've got no list yet. So thank you.
― ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Thursday, 18 November 2010 03:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
'an unquiet mind' by kay redfield jamison, perhaps
she's bipolar, though, so just ignore the other half
― mookieproof, Thursday, 18 November 2010 04:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
So I left work tonight, fully intending to meet my wife at home and go out somewhere for dinner. Instead, I got so agitated and upset and depressed on the drive home that, by the time she got home, I didn't want to go anywhere at all. I made myself a peanut butter sandwich and got a little dish of pineapple. I sat at the table, ate two bites of the sandwich, and stared at the pineapple for about 15 minutes. I ended up eating neither. I'm spending my Friday night folding laundry and trying to find reasons to stay awake. Maybe I need to go back on SSRIs.
― Tub Girl Time Machine (Phil D.), Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
what happened on the drive? or was it just random?
there's nothing wrong with going to bed early sometimes tbh
― mookieproof, Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
En I See Kay - I know that this book talks about all kinds of mental illness, not just depression but it has a really good point about the changing view of mental illness as a psychological model to a chemical model and how treatment has changed (not always for the better) - I am starting to feel like a bit of a shill for it, but Robert Whitaker - Anatomy of an Epidemic.
Phil D - I know you don't like me, and generally think of me as a lunatic, so take this advice with whatever tons of salt you feel necessary - BUT - the thing to remember is that all human beings, regardless of whether they are depressed or "normal" or on medication or not, have bad days and better days. It takes a certain kind of mind to take a bad day and ruminate on it and turn it into conclusive proof that life isn't worth living and one is just a bad/unlucky/terrible person. (i.e. the kind of mind that depressed people often have.) One thing I find helpful is to remember that being on SSRIs was no insurance against having bad moods or bad days. It's very easy for me, with hindsight, to look at certain periods of my life and say "but I was so much happier then!" but I can go back in my diary and look - especially at periods when I was on SSRIs, and it wasn't a total rosegarden.
I think it's really important to learn how to accept that you are human, and give yourself permission to have all kinds of moods, including bad ones. Sometimes it's something that happened (a bad commute home) sometimes it's nothing but the pressure to *have* to be happy that can send you over the edge. That you can get into one of those terrible moods where you don't want to do anything, and it's important to be able to say "you know what? I'm in a bad mood. I give myself permission to spend tonight wallowing over peanut butter and folding laundry. Tomorrow is another day." And start again.
I've had pretty much the worst few days in a long time, mentally. At least I've recently discovered there's a genuine medical reason I'm in pretty much constant pain for two weeks out of every month. But that doesn't stop the short temperedness and the just plain bad moods. I made the mistake of trying to go to the pub with people from work last night, and that was just an exercise in alienation and social anxiety so I thought "I don't have to do this" and came home and thought I'd watch a film to cheer me up. So I watched Pi, which is a great film but fuck, it is not something you should be watching in that kind of state. I cried myself to sleep, had nightmares and woke up feeling borderline suicidal and wondering if I should try self trepanation. It took a huge wrench to not fall into that abyss. Got up, exercised, took a walk around my neighbourhood and my favourite cafes and shops, planned my next creative project. Remembering the lifestyle things that keep depression at bay. I hope it's passing; I go on.
Anyway, that's besides the point. Give yourself permission to fail; pick yourself up afterwards, go on. Rinse, repeat.
― Karen D. Tregaskin, Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
phil d., i hope you're feeling better. n/i/c/k, good luck with the film.
― Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
Didn't know that movie existed before I was googling for a Hillman ref. Wd definitely be worth seeing if you cd, and definitely worth reading any of James Hillman's work on depression.
― Raage Saga (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
Phil D - I know you don't like me, and generally think of me as a lunatic
Neither of these things is true btw, I only know you as a name on the intertubez! Not in a position to like, dislike or otherwise. We clearly disagree about many things, we may quite likely agree on any number of other things. And I do appreciate the advice. Last night was just . . . bad. Really bad. It felt like my brain had just entirely broken, like I could have sat and stared at that sandwich and that bowl of pineapple all night without moving, speaking or doing anything else. Had I not decided to fold laundry, I might very well still be sitting there.
― Tub Girl Time Machine (Phil D.), Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah - what Kate says about giving yourself permission to have a bad day is really important. Last night I was gonna go to a monthly dance party that is usually fun and cheers me up, but I was just not feeling it. So I didn't go.
― the business class edition of the ronaldinho bottle opener thread (sarahel), Saturday, 20 November 2010 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
i have a question about an apparent effect of depression a friend of mine has - she has v little in the way of what she called the self-reporting of her body, in both the expected way of getting no pleasure from things that it seems are in an objective way 'good' (cognitive understanding not passing on to experience), but also the less expected way of never feeling hungry or thirsty, little acknowledgement of temperature etc. so i guess the question is just, is this a 'thing'?
― Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 20 November 2010 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
is she on medication? like, is this a potential side-effect of medication? I definitely have a minor version of this.
― the business class edition of the ronaldinho bottle opener thread (sarahel), Saturday, 20 November 2010 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
Numbness to stuff both physical and emotional is a depression thing, yes!
― quincie, Sunday, 21 November 2010 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
totally can be a side effect of medication. i had to make some dosage adjustments a while back cuz i felt emotionally/creatively flatlined on the high dose i was taking. i'm better now.
― if you take Hinder and replace the ND with TL (get bent), Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
unrelated: one thing i'd like to learn to deal with better is disappointment toward other people and situations. i can't make anyone else not be a shit, but i wish i could change the way i react to someone i used to like turning out to be a shit. it depresses me that it occupies my thoughts at all.
― if you take Hinder and replace the ND with TL (get bent), Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
― sarahel, Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think cognitive behavior therapy has been shown effective for that, but I don't have any first hand experience. Seems like the kind of thing medication in and of itself will not fix.
― quincie, Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
"behavioral", not "behavior", maybe? Goes by CBT for sure.
― quincie, Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:32 (2 years ago) Permalink