Depression and what it's really like

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giving hug to hoos and anyone else who needs one

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

To a small extent, the IRS can recognize the difference between unwillingness to pay and inability to pay.

Aimless, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

also from what I have read on the Internet it is best to be proactive about explaining your predicaments to the IRS, it will help stop additional fines from piling up.

not really, if you've filed on time and have a balance due and haven't paid it by the deadline, you will still have the same failure to file penalties and interest no matter what. If you contact the IRS, they will probably try to get you to set up an official payment plan with the IRS, but then you will be locked into that schedule and if you don't adhere to it --- more penalties and interest!

sarahell, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

er, that should be "failure to pay" penalties, not "failure to file", duh.

sarahell, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awwww, see?! He's nice, really.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hoos - the visitors are still here so I may be tied up this weekend but you message me and/or call any time you need to. I will try to check in with you later tonight.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Awwww, see?! He's nice, really.

― wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, May 4, 2012 4:06 PM (34 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink"

dammit x-posts - that was about Morbius, not Hoos.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

what I'm trying to say is -- take care of your immediate needs first, and then when you have a job and extra money, then deal with the IRS.

sarahell, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

My dad has been dead for a while and even though he was sick, I miss him so much. I'm not getting a lot of sympathy, we did everything together! I am fighting with my mom (they were separated) and I got sick and didn't mow her lawn...my family is so mean! None of this is endogenous, so medications aren't helping. I beat myself up over not being able to get over dad.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 6 May 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's all right to take your time feeling this stuff. I didn't get along at all well with my dad, and his death was a much bigger blow than I ever expected it to be. It's going on two years now and I'm still pretty shaken about that (literally watching him die really didn't help matters). Not to mention the almost half a dozen other people I lost around the same time. I'm just starting to come around to feeling like life might actually be a thing worth putting some work into rather than waiting around for the inevitable. It was a long slog getting to this point, though. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to grieve.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 6 May 2012 00:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

hey mount cleaners, i've found bereavement groups to be pretty helpful. also i don't know if 'getting over' is really a thing. i've been alive longer without my dad than i was with my dad, and it's still painful, and i often bristle at the idea that because it's been so long, i should be "over" the loss in some way. but bereavement groups have helped me to feel less alone (or even if you have a friend who has suffered a similar loss & would want to talk about it with them). depending on the nature of the loss you can probably start looking for groups in your area (eg, if it was cancer, you can get in touch with cancer clinics/resources, and they will probably be able to lead you in the right direction)

rayuela, Sunday, 6 May 2012 01:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I actually went to those bereavement groups and I don't want to criticize them, but inevitably everyone there has worse problems than you, like mothers who lost children, and you feel like a whiner for losing an elderly parent. I don't feel this way though: it shouldn't matter how old or sick the deceased is. Maybe I'll try again.

But I do feel guilty about discussing losing a sick dad around people who, like, lost a son in a car crash or some similar untimely tragedy.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 6 May 2012 01:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thats true--depending on where you are, you may be able to find one specifically for those who have lost a parent, which is the kind I have been to. Several in the group have tried more generalized groups but have come to prefer the more specific grps...

rayuela, Sunday, 6 May 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh and of course such groups can only do so much, but I've found them helpful. Everyone has different ways of processing grief so it just may not be the thing for you. The advice above allowing yourself to grieve is good and also not caving to social pressure to be okay with it when you are not. Advice I wish I had gotten is that it's not your responsibly to make people feel more comfortable w your grief and that your grief is totally legitimate. Just my unsolicited advice...

rayuela, Sunday, 6 May 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm frustrated because my church has a drug / alcohol group, as if everyone who has problems is an alcoholic.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Monday, 7 May 2012 07:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, fuck. I'm concerned that I'm really heading towards a major depression right now and its super frustrating because a) I am in therapy and at least talking to someone about it, but b) it feels like I'm sliding into it no matter how hard I try to reverse course or work through things I've learned are helpful for me. Also c) objectively, there is no reason I should be depressed, I mean, there are no major traumas in my life and right now I've got this wonderful little boy that I am thrilled to spend time with.

But I also fear that my joy being around my son is sort of amplifying the other areas in my life that are sort of dragging me down. And, although I'm in therapy, I literally have no one else to talk about these things with - y'know, not even like a work friend to shoot the shit with or anyone to reach out to during that long week between therapy sessions. Its super frustrating because I don't want to feel this way at all, but every morning I wake up more sad than the previous. Fuck.

/emo

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, man, isolation is a quick route to depressionville. I'd advise maybe finding someplace where parents and kids can mingle? I'm not sure what that would be, though, as I've never had to seek anything like that out.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't know, my hardest times seem to be the work week between times I get to do things like that. I think it mainly comes down to the fact that I really don't have anyone at work that I can talk about non-work things with (I spend all my lunch hours eating by myself) and with no friends I'm in regular, close contact with - my options to kind of get some of this stuff off my chest are limited.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if you're a single parent, but the Chicago Single Parents Network sounds like something that might suit your needs?

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's pretty much why I've decided that I'm probably not gonna do another office job. Even if I have to take a pay cut, I've realized it's important to me that I work in a more social environment where it's almost a challenge to be isolated.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

hiding in the house with the phones unplugged :(

Vermicious Knid A (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Definitely not a single parent, sorry, didn't mean to leave that impression. Its just that our schedules right now aren't allowing my wife and I to spend much time together.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also c) objectively, there is no reason I should be depressed, I mean, there are no major traumas in my life and right now I've got this wonderful little boy that I am thrilled to spend time with.

Keep in mind that you could be on top of the fuckin' world and still be depressed if your brain isn't allowing it. You wouldn't hear a guy with one leg say, "I shouldn't be hopping around like this when I've got this great car."

pplains, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, maybe you would, but perhaps you get my drift.

pplains, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, I totally get that, its just a frustrating feeling.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

And I think men are also just as capable of getting post-natal depression as well. I don't know if it's an upending of the scales, experiencing all this joy with a new kid and then standing at a four-lane intersection 12 hours later, wondering why it's even worth crossing the road.

pplains, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Definitely not a single parent, sorry, didn't mean to leave that impression.

Even so, I assure you that there are lots of parents who feel the same drag you're feeling, and I'm certain that there are groups and gatherings and clubs and organizations of people who get together to alleviate that drag.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Isolation is the worst. I used to think I was on top of the world -- working from home, setting my own schedule. Now I'm just under house arrest.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm pretty sure my current situation is a result of a few things:

1) Career frustration, feeling stuck in a rut and wanting to make a change, but running into lots of dead ends and roadblocks.
2) Feeling like I don't have any friends that aren't really just my wife's friends and spouses.
3) Just a general feeling of lack of what I want to do with my life.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

Yeah, I've definitely come to that same conclusion. I was on track for a while towards becoming self-employed and working from home, but now that seems like a somewhat nightmarish situation in the long term.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe a four-day work week would be something ideal for all of us.

pplains, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

that seems like a somewhat nightmarish situation in the long term.

11 years and counting ;_;

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's time to start handing out pink slips.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

When I got my pre-checkup call yesterday for my physical next week, one of the questions they asked was if I felt incapacitated by depression zero, once, a few days or the majority of the last two weeks. Which I thought was too small a window for that, and I told them zero because I'm off cycle.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

After years of working, I'm still having trouble processing the fact of working life properly. Initial excitement of a new job just wore off, and I became suddenly aware that the doldrums were coming back... Monday through Friday, 8-6 spent working. The majority of my life, working, with tiny impermanent moments of pleasure and frustration woven in between... all leading to one thing: death. Just crashed. These sudden realizations are totally bogus.

Spectrum, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

in large part that's what's kicking me in the head right now, coupled with a sense of doing this shit alone for the rest of my life, coupled with nobody to tell me to stop fucking drinking

Vermicious Knid A (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stop fucking drinking.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also take a shower and eat something.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

will try :\

Vermicious Knid A (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

It won't make you not depressed but at least you won't smell or be hungry.

how did I get here? why am I in the whiskey aisle? this is all so (Laurel), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

1) Career frustration, feeling stuck in a rut and wanting to make a change, but running into lots of dead ends and roadblocks.
2) Feeling like I don't have any friends that aren't really just my wife's friends and spouses.
3) Just a general feeling of lack of what I want to do with my life

1) iirc edison always said his lightbulb was the result of ten thousand failures and one success

2) is that really such a bad thing? are they really *just* your wife's friends? you think if you got divorced you'd be friendless

3) it's certainly a tough question and it's okay to feel this way. i think a lot of people feel this way, to be honest.

the late great, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

vahid is seriously a tough call.... he can be like the smartest most hilarious dude in the world for a week and then the next week hes like every worst quality of ilx thrown into one butthurt dude

― and what, Wednesday, April 2, 2008 11:27 PM (4 years ago)

so i mentioned this on another thread, went to see a new psychiatrist recently to talk about my trouble sleeping, how i'll sleep all day on saturday and stay up all night sunday, how sometimes i'll feel amazing and sometimes i'll kinda crash and just cry all day and how between these periods there are these brief intense interludes where i'll do something really stupid (like overindulge in ... things) or really intense (like a shit ton of work or chores or exercise or a huge fight with a loved one etc)

she said "o you might be bipolar" and started giving me lamictal and ambien for when i'm buzzing and now i feel at least 50% better though nowhere near where i'd like to be

but yeah, sometimes you need to get a second opinion to snap things into sudden focus.

the late great, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

The grass is always greener. ALWAYS. Last week around my birthday I was pretty down and whenever I talked w someone who has something that im missing (a wife, a house, a full-time job, etc) they were always saying 'Man, i wish i had the freedom you have!'. Eventually someone asked me 'What's up? Why you feel shitty?' and I slowly listed some reasons but every time i did it felt like a cop out, like it's just some standard life BS that millions of people are dealing with, or even that millions of people probably WISH they were dealing with.

There are plenty of environmental factors that go in to making you depressed, but i think in the end of it all, it's 100% up to you to snap out of it. Kinda like quitting smoking.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was stuck in feeling #2 for a long time, Jon...but the thing I wasn't looking at is that these are people who, despite alreeady being friends with my husband, treated me as a friend too without me making any effort towards them at all.

I resented the hell out of them for not being my 'real' friends but eventually you come to realize that friends are friends, that company is good, and that if they are good, fun people then who cares how they came to be your friend.

you know? it's just a way of beating yourself to make you feel lonelier than you are, and just cast you adrift even more. I did it a lot, way too much, and much as your inclination fights against you, this is a time when you need friends. don't judge yourself too harshly on this one. yknow, like that dorky religious joke/morality story about the dude in the flood who waits around for god to save him, and he refuses the lifeboat and refuses the helicopter saying god will save him and then when he eventually drowns he asks God 'why didn't you save me?" and God says well I sent the lifeboat and the helicopter...

you know? don't look a gift horse in the mouth. ugh now I sound preachy but I can say from personal experience that no matter how true it *feels* in your head that you should have your own friends, any friends are good friends to have.

hang in there, jon.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure "snapping out of it" is necessarily a realistic expectation, but i agree that you have the 100% of the necessary ability to address your depression

the late great, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, I mean I do consider them "friends" in that I usually have a decent time talking to them when we get together in a group situation, but, otoh, not one of those people would reach out to me individually in any sort of way outside of that group dynamic, you know? And, when I have reached out to them, to get together for a beer or whatever, they come up with a reason not to do so. Which is why I find it hard to really consider them "friends", if that makes sense.

Like, yes, I'm fortunate to have them, but I also think its important for people to have friends that exist outside of, and separate from, that group dynamic of being a couple. I really don't have those anymore.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

why not?

the late great, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let's see, of the really good, close friends I had emerging from college and the years after - one moved to Atlanta and I never really get to see him, I had a falling out with another when she married a convicted child molestor (not kidding), another got married and pretty much went MIA, and the others just kinda drifted off into families and job stuff and we don't see each other anymore.

Like, I'm not afraid to admit that there are times when I may have not been the best at keeping up with people, that was a big fault of mine 3-4 years ago that I've tried to address and improve on.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok so how come you can't make new friends?

the late great, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dude, you're blessed. Wife, some wife's friends, people on an internet message board who give a crap. You're alive, relatively young, in a halfway decent country. Why not focus on the positives? As trite as that is, I think it helps. I mean lord, you're living like a g-damned king compared to me.

Spectrum, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink


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