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Old 12-02-2005, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default depression and suicide...

fuck it. i'm really messed up right now.

i was going to pretend to start a discussion on the topic, but instead, i'm just confessing that this is where i am right now. it never gets any fucking better. i'm sick and tired of it.

i'm doomed to mediocrity, and i don't think the world needs any more mediocre people.

no, i'm not going to kill myself, but i think about it a lot.

and don't suggest psych meds or therapy. i've done both. i'm still on the meds.

whatever.

like i said, fuck it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:28 AM   #2
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Default I'm interested in the mediocrity part.....

....why do you feel that way? Is it something specific that hasn't happened or just a general feeling about your life?

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fuck it. i'm really messed up right now.

i was going to pretend to start a discussion on the topic, but instead, i'm just confessing that this is where i am right now. it never gets any fucking better. i'm sick and tired of it.

i'm doomed to mediocrity, and i don't think the world needs any more mediocre people.

no, i'm not going to kill myself, but i think about it a lot.

and don't suggest psych meds or therapy. i've done both. i'm still on the meds.

whatever.

like i said, fuck it.
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:41 AM   #3
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fuck it. i'm really messed up right now.

i was going to pretend to start a discussion on the topic, but instead, i'm just confessing that this is where i am right now. it never gets any fucking better. i'm sick and tired of it.

i'm doomed to mediocrity, and i don't think the world needs any more mediocre people.

no, i'm not going to kill myself, but i think about it a lot.

and don't suggest psych meds or therapy. i've done both. i'm still on the meds.

whatever.

like i said, fuck it.

I'm not going to pretend I know anything about your situation, or that I really know what you're going through. I can't even pretend that I have the perfect advice to offer, man. But the truth is that when I was younger, I grew up in a messed up household which led me to seriously consider suicide too. But I've come out on the other end of it, and find life to be pretty damn good. I can still catch myself getting in a bit of a funk, but whenever I realize that I'm dwelling on my situation, I look for ways to turn my focus outward and make other people happy. Turns out, the more I do shit for other people, the less I ponder my own mediocrity.

Sometimes you have to dig deep to get through it. As a Protestant, I found myself going to God to ask for strength and direction through the tough times. Wherever you're at spiritually, you might think about asking a higher power to remind you of your purpose. We're all here for a reason, even if we don't understand it. At 20, you've still got a lot of your best years ahead of you to find out just what that is.

As much as everybody's experience is unique, a lot of people go through depression. You've just gotta stay convinced that there is hope, even when you can't see it. Truth is, its there, and its worth pursuing. Tenaciously and relentlessly pursue the good things in life, even when the odds are against you; because its not just a matter of your destination in life, but the journey you take to get there.


Just a fellow human,


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Old 12-02-2005, 03:32 AM   #4
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Just become a jaded oppurtunitic cynic like me, and you'll get over it. In fact erase all expectations, that way you are never dissapointed. Try and devoid yourself of all emotion and feeling. Live day by day, dont do any of that long term planning rubbish, for it will only get your hopes up.

Turn god, or turn to liquors, in the end it doesn't matter. Your not alone though, that is for sure, but well thats life, the only thing universal is god (or a diety or whatever you believe in a divinity fo some kind) and the rest is an optional extra of bordom and emptiness.

Actually, fluffy it, and read up on the philosephy of the existentialists like our mutual friend Jean Paul Sartre. Theres not much good or hope lurking out there, the occasional bright spot or ray of hope yes, but nothing in any greatness. There is emptiness and dispair, we are what we make of ourselves, there is no right or wrong, just being and nothingness.

Go travel, go to a somewhere you have never been before, even in your home town or city. Take up gardening, write a book, just write whatever is on your mind down on paper.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:11 AM   #5
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Don't be offended but your post sounds like a depressed person. At 20, you don't have the experience to moods ebb and flow. Not that things always are perfect but sometimes one has to push past it. Siutations do and often change.

It's near finals (at least for me). Are you sure the pressure isn't getting to you.

Maybe you should volunteer, keep busy, do something. I find I get less depressed when I have many things on my plate and go out.
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I'm very sorry to hear that you feel so sad.

I don't know if it has anything to do with the holidays, but just remember that
many people feel overwhelmed during this time of year.

If I could, I would give you a comforting hug.
Please work through this, and focus on being positive.

I'm here, if you need an ear.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:10 AM   #7
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I wish I knew what to say here. I think Miss Toodles and Jay offer some great insights and advice. Finals are a tough time, coupled with the trouble some people have around the holidays.

It sucks to feel mediocre. I truly believe every person has something special to offer the world. At 20, you may not have discovered all your strength and talents yet. Sharing them with someone--volunteering, or whatever--certainly can help many people find good things in life.

Hang in there.

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Old 12-02-2005, 07:17 AM   #8
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Don't know if this will help, but my granny always equated times like this to outgrowing old clothes. You get to a point in life where you outgrow your old dreams, expectations or circumstances - and where it is no longer suitable to the person you've become or are becoming and you're still trying to squeeze into it. Instead of looking at it as a let down on life, look at it as an opportunity to do a little life shopping. Go through your 'closet' and take inventory of the things that are good, toss the stuff that's crap and make room for something new to come into your life. Then you can start asking yourself some tough questions on what is it really that makes you happy. Do you want to travel? Maybe you want to learn to play the guitar. Maybe you want to go to bartending school, learn to speak a new language fluently or learn to drive a diesel rig cross country. Don't be afraid to make an ass of yourself. Don't be afraid if people don't agree. You are the one who has to live with your decisions, they don't.

I hope things do lighten up a bit for you soon.
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oh waiting what is triggering these feelings? dont say fuck it. there is always hope for better things to come.
when i go into depression i try to figure out what happened to start it, sometime i can figure it out most times i cant but i always go to God. i am not preaching just telling you how i handle it. i tell Him, thats right i do not ask i tell mainly because i just dont feel like being polite in those situations, i tell Him to reveal to me what is making me feel like that and to remove it from me. noone else is going to be a savior to me and after i realized that God was really the only person who coud help me with any real results, i slowly became less disappointed with people and found that the depressions were much easier to handle and with God i got through them faster.
anyway that is my two cents. i have an email on my profile if you want to let off some steam privately. i will be keeping you in prayer.

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As for me, when anything gets me down and in a funk. I usually play the piano or guitar. Sometimes I draw nature for hours.

You can read humor from the section of your local bookstore

There's a great humor book called "You are Worthless" by a self-help guru ---- I don't knw if somebody stole that book from me or that I maybe I had lost it...but I brought that book with me a lot of different places...including work..and it seemed to put a smile on a lot of different people. There's nuggets of wisdom in this humorous perspective type book.

Another great book I've read is "All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten" by Robert Fulgum *very inspiring book to read* with many, many short chapters to read that'll really make you think.

We all have what works for us. Different outlets, persay. We just have to figure out what they are. Mine are the musical outlets...or I busy myself in doing for others. Remembers there is nothing mediocre in just doing the simplest things each and everyday for people. Smiling at strangers, holding the door for somebody, putting your change in the change cup of a local convenient store, just basically going out of your way for other people.

I think that its best to do for yourself and other people...stay sociable.

Also learn about any history of depression in your family...to look at the big picture....because I ponder whether I will become apt to depression as I grow older for knowing that my Mom as of right now is taking medication to ease her depression It's best not to dwell and to just --> Don't worry, be happy (Bobby McFerrin) lol

Remember that this is a community where we care for each other.

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Old 12-02-2005, 07:46 AM   #11
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Depression. Right.

First, clinical depression is a product of mixed-up brain chemistry, a shortage of serotonin figuring chiefly in there. The receptors in charge of handling emotion get everything messed up and come up with "sad as hell" for most things. If you're aware that it's a brain messed up and not reality, you can begin to cope.

Next, it's a self-centered illness. Part of the cure is a talking cure, in reaching out. Another part of the cure is involvement in the world. Do nice things. If you feel like crap and that you're not making a difference, go make someone smile and realize that, yes, you did make a difference. More difference than anyone else in that person's life who's on television, radio, or a leader of a great and powerful nation. Those people aren't there for that person. You can be. That's the difference. That's the value to experience. Don't question, "Well, what if that person feels poorly later on?" Of course that happens. You go back and help spread the cheer - and accept it when others spread it to you.

Depression is a selfish disease and part of the cure is allowing involvement, accepting involvement. What the hell is mediocrity, anyway? Who are you to say what the world needs? If you haven't checked with everyone before you check out to get their permission, then stick around in the life hotel until you're evicted.

It's up to you to decide if you want to be better or not. You can make that choice and you can control the emotions.

I speak from long, hard experience. Diagnosed for 8 years, but living with it for over 20.
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..by Andrew Solomon, called "The Noonday Demon"...an atlas of depression

http://www.noondaydemon.com/

I heard about it when I was in a psych class over at Frisco City College..it is one of the best books written by anyone with major depression because he not only captures it so beautifully, but he has great insight into it. I know from working in the mental health field that meds can take years to really work and it is something that you have to just keep on adjusting. I started talking neurontin for back pain but noticed that it helped me with my moods after a major illness...it just took a long time!
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If you're under a doctor's care, I'm going to assume you've got the possible organics of the problem in check, or are at least working on it. But situationally, stress at this time of year can easily reach critical levels, and no one is immune to the associated depression. Asking for advice is good, and mine is that you keep sight of the big picture, focus on helping others, and remain hopeful about the future. This can be done even while accepting that today sucks.

At your age, you can be assured your life will change drastically, perhaps many times. That alone is reason to be hopeful.

Here's something that always helps me:

"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!"

~ Abraham Lincoln in an 1859 address

You'll be in my thoughts today, WFS.
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Famous People Who Have Suffered from Depression or Manic-Depression

Depression and Bipolar list: These famous authors, scientists, leaders, artists, and celebrities all have been reported as having depressive mood disorders such as major depression or manic-depression (bipolar disorder). The list makes no distinction for individuals suffering from major depression or bipolar manic-depression.

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Alexander the Great, king
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Charles Baudelaire, poet
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Samuel Becket, writer
Ludwig von Beethoven, composer
Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel
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Irving Berlin, composer
Hector Berlioz, composer
John Berryman, poet
William Blake, poet
Charles Bluhdorn, executive, Gulf Western
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Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway
Robert Boorstin, writer, special assistant to Pres. Clinton, State Department
Clara Bow, actor
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Cheyenne Brando, actor
Marlon Brando, actor
Richard Brautigan, writer
Van Wyck Brooks, writer
John Brown, abolitionist
Ruth Brown, singer
Anton Bruckner, composer
Art Buchwald, political humorist
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Robert Burns, poet
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Tim Burton, artist, movie director
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Barbara Bush, former First Lady
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Albert Camus, writer
Truman Capote, writer
Drew Carey, actor and comedian
Jim Carrey, actor and comedian
Dick Cavett, broadcaster
C.E. Chaffin, writer, poet
Ray Charles, R&B performer
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Paddy Chayefsky, writer, movie director
Lawton Chiles, former governor of Florida
Frederic Chopin, composer
Winston Churchill, British prime minister
Sandra Cisneros, writer
Eric Clapton, blues-rock musician
Dick Clark, entertainer (American Bandstand)
John Cleese, actor
Rosemary Clooney, singer
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Leonard Cohen, poet and singer
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William Cowper, poet
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Oliver Cromwell, dictator
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Sheryl Crow, singer and rock musician
Richard Dadd, artist
John Daly, athlete (golf)
Rodney Dangerfield, comedian
Charles Darwin, explorer and scientist
David, Israeli King
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Thomas De Quincey, poet
Lenny Dee, musician
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Ellen DeGeneres, comedienne, actor
John Denver, singer and actor
Muffin Spencer Devlin, pro golfer
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Charles Dickens, writer
Emily Dickenson, poet
Isak Dinesen, author
Scott Donie, Olympic athlete (diving)
Terence Donovan, photographer
Michael Dorris, writer
Theodore Dostoevski, writer
Eric Douglas, actor
Tony Dow, actor, producer, director
Richard Dreyfuss, actor
Jack Dreyfus, manager, Dreyfus Fund
Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady, Mass.
Patty Duke, actress
Thomas Eagleton, lawyer, U.S. Senator
Thomas Eakins, artist
Thomas Edison, inventor
Edward Elgar, composer
T.S. Eliot, poet
Queen Elizabeth I of England
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
Robert Evans, film producer
James Farmer, civil rights leader
Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television
William Faulkner, writer
Jules Feiffer, cartoonist and satirist
Tim Finn, musician, composer
Carrie Fisher, actress and writer
F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer
Larry Flynt, magazine publisher
Betty Ford, former First Lady
Harrison Ford, actor
James Forrestal, cabinet member
Steven Foster, writer
Michel Foucault, writer, philosopher
George Fox, Quaker
Connie Francis, entertainer
Andre Franquin, 1924-1997, cartoonist
Albert French, writer
Sigmund Freud, psychiatrist
Brenda Fricker, actress
Peter Gabriel, rock star
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
Judy Garland, singer, actor
James Garner, actor
Paul Gascoigne, athlete (soccer)
Paul Gauguin, artist
Harold Geneen, executive, ITT Industries
King George III of England
Stan Getz, musician
Kaye Gibbons, writer
Kendall Gill, athlete (basketball)
Kit Gingrich, Newt's mother
Johann Goethe, writer
Oliver Goldsmith, poet
Dwight Gooden, baseball player
George Gordon, poet
Tipper Gore, wife of U.S. Vice-President
Arshille Gorky, artist
Francisco de Goya, painter
Phil Graham, owner, Washington Post
Graham Green, writer
Shecky Greene, comedian
Philip Guston, artist
Alexander Hamilton, politician
Linda Hamilton, actress
Georg Frederich Handel, composer
Pete Harnisch, baseball player
Mariette Hartley, actress
Juliana Hatfield, musician
Hampton Hawes, musician
Stephen Hawking, physicist
Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
Lillian Hellman, writer
Ernest Hemingway, writer
Margaux Hemingway, actor
Audrey Hepburn, actress
King Herod, Biblical figure
Kristin Hersh, musician
Hermann Hesse, writer
Abby Hoffman, writer and activist
Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor
Gerard M. Hopkins, poet
Edward Hopper, artist
Howard Hughes, industrialist
Victor Hugo, author
Helen Hutchison, broadcaster
Heinrich Ibsen, playwright
Jack Irons, musician
Eugene Izzi, writer
Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
Janet Jackson, singer
Henry James, writer
William James, writer
Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist, writer
Randall Jarrell, poet
Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
Jim Jenson, CBS News
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Joan of Arc, French leader
Job, Biblical figure
Billy Joel, musician, composer
Elton John, musician, composer
Daniel Johns, musician
Samuel Johnson, poet
Daniel Johnston, musician
Ashley Judd, actor
Franz Kafka, writer
Karen Kain, prima ballerina
Danny Kaye, entertainer
John Keats, writer
Margot Kidder, actress
Larry King, talkshow host
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, artist
Gelsey Kirkland, dancer
Heinrich von Kleist, poet
Percy Knauth, journalist
Joey Kramer, musician
William Kurelek, artist
Pat LaFontaine, hockey player
Charles Lamb, poet
Jessica Lange, actor
Peter Nolan Lawrence, English writer
Edward Lear, artist
Frances Lear, publisher
Robert E. Lee, U.S. general
Vivian Leigh, actress
John Lennon, musician
Rika Lesser, writer, translator
Primo Levi, chemist, writer
Bill Lichtenstein, producer (TV & radio)
Allie Light, director
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
Vachel Lindsey, writer
Karl Paul Link, chemist
Ross Lockridge, Jr., writer
Joshua Logan, producer
Jack London, writer
Rick London, cartoonist
Greg Louganis, U.S. diver and Olympic gold medallist
Courtney Love, musician
James Russell Lowell, poet
Robert Lowell, poet
Malcolm Lowry, writer
J. Anthony Lukas, writer
Salvador Luria, bacterial geneticist
Martin Luther, Protestant leader

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Gustav Mahler, composer
Duke of Marlborough, soldier
Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figureskater
Camryn Mannheim, actor
Martha Manning, psychologist, writer
Imelda Marcos, Philippine dictator's wife
Jay Marvin, radio personality, writer
Vladimir Mayakovsky, poet
Gary McDonald, Australian actor
Kevin McDonald, comedian, actor
Robert McFarlane, former United States National Security Adviser
Rod McKuen, writer, poet, producer
Sarah McLachlan, singer, Lilith Fair creator
Kristy McNichol, actress
Peter McWilliams, writer
Herman Melville, writer
Burgess Meredith, actor
Robert Merrill, musician, lyricist
Paul Merton, British comedian
Michelangelo, Italian artist
Dimitri Mihalas, scientist
Kate Millett, writer, artist
Spike Milligan, comic actor, writer
Carmen Miranda, actor
Claude Monet, artist
Thelonious Monk, musician
Marilyn Monroe, actor
Alanis Morissette, Canadian singer
S.P. Morrissey, musician
John Mulheren, financier (U.S.)
Edvard Munch, artist
Robert Munsch, writer
Les Murray, Australian poet
Conrad Meyer, writer
Michelangelo, artist
John Stuart Mill, writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet
Kate Millet, writer and feminist
Spike Milligan, humourist
John Milton, poet
Charles Mingus, compser
Carmen Miranda, singer
Marilyn Monroe, actress
Mavor Moore, producer
J.P. Morgan, industrialist
Modest Mussogorgsky, composer
Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator
Ilie Natase, tennis player, politician
Ralph Nader, U.S. consumer rights advocate
Nebuchadnezzar, Biblical figure
Sir Isaac Newton, physicist
Florence Nightingale, British nurse
Vaslav Nijinksy, ballet dancer
Richard Nixon, U.S. president
Deborah Norville, television journalist
Sinead O'Connor, musician
Georgia O'Keeffe, painter
Eugene O'Neill, playwright
John Ogden, pianist
Laurence Olivier, actor
Margo Orum, writer
Ozzie Osborne, rock star
Donny Osmond, musician
Marie Osmond, musician
Wilfred Owen, poet, soldier
Nicola Pagett, actor
Susan Panico, business executive
Charles Parker, compoer
Dorothy Parker, writer, poet, wit
Dolly Parton, singer
Boris Pasternak, writer
John Pastorius, composer
George Patton, soldier
Pierre Peladeau, publisher
Charley Pell, former coach, Univ. of Florida
Teddy Pendergrass, musician
Walker Percy, writer
Murray Pezim, Canadian businessman
Jimmie Piersall, baseball player
William Pitt, Prime Minister
Sylvia Plath, poet
Edgar Allen Poe, writer
Jackson Pollock, artist
Cole Porter, composer
Ezra Pound, poet
Alma Powell, wife of Gen. Colin Powell
Susan Powter, motivational speaker
Charlie Pride, country singer
Sergey Rachmaninoff, composer
Bonnie Raitt, singer
Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), musician
Lou Reed, singer
Jeannie C. Riley, singer
Rainer Maria Rilke, poet
Joan Rivers, comedian
Lynn Rivers, U.S. Congresswoman
Alys Robi, Canadian vocalist
Norman Rockwell, artist
Theodore Roethke, poet
George Romney, artist
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President
Axl Rose, rock star
Roseanne, actor, writer, comedienne
Amelia Rosselli, 1930-1996, poet
Dante Rossetti, poet and painter
Gioacchimo Rossini, composer
Martin Rossiter, musician
Philip Roth, writer
Mark Rothko, artist
Gabrielle Roy, author
John Ruskin, writer
Winona Ryder, actor
Yves Saint Laurent, fashion designer
May Sarton, poet, novelist
Francesco Scavullo, artist, photographer
Lori Schiller, writer, educator
Charles Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts)
Robert Schumann, German composer
Delmore Schwartz, poet
Ronnie Scott, musician
Alexander Scriabin, composer
Jean Seberg, actress
Monica Seles, athlete (tennis)
Anne Sexton, poet
Linda Sexton, writer
Mary Shelley, author
Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet
William Tecumseh Sherman, general
Frances Sherwood, writer
Dmitri Shostakovich, musician
Scott Simmie, writer, journalist
Paul Simon, composer, musician
Lauren Slater, writer
Christopher Smart, poet
Jose Solano, actor
Phil Specter, promoter and producer
Alonzo Spellman, athlete (football)
Muffin Spencer-Devlin, pro golfer
Vivian Stanshall, musician, writer, artist
Rod Steiger, actor
George Stephanopoulos, political advisor
Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
Sting, singer and musician
Teresa Stratas, opera singer
Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
William Styron, writer
Emmanuel Swedenbourg, religious leader
James Taylor, singer and musician
Kate Taylor, musician
Lili Taylor, actor
Livingston Taylor, musician
P.I. Tchaikovsky, composer
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet
Tracy Thompson, writer, reporter
Dylan Thomas, poet
Edward Thomas, poet
Leo Tolstoy, writer
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, artist
Spencer Tracy, actor
Ted Turner, founder, CNN Network
Mark Twain, author
Hunter Tylo, actress
Mike Tyson, prizefighter
Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor
Vincent Van Gogh, artist
Vivian Vance, actor
Victoria, British Queen
Mark Vonnegut, doctor, writer
Kurt Vonnegut, writer
Sol Wachtler, judge
Tom Waits, musician
Mike Wallace, broadcaster
Michael Warren, executive, Canada Post
George Washington, U.S. President
Damon Wayans, comedian, actor, writer, director, producer
Walt Whitman, poet
Dar Williams, musician
Robin Williams, actor
Tennessee Williams, playwright
Brian Wilson, rockstar (Beach Boys)
William Carlos Williams, physician, writer
Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Jonathan Winters, comedian
Hugo Wolf, composer
Thomas Wolfe, writer
Mary Wollstoncraft, writer
Ed Wood, movie director
Natalie Wood, actor
Virginia Woolf, writer
Luther Wright, basketball player
Elizabeth Wurtzel, writer
Tammy Wynette, singer
Bert Yancey, pro golfer
Boris Yeltsin, former President, Russia
Faron Young, musician
Robert Young, actor
William Zeckendorf, industrialist
Emile Zola, writer
Stefan Zweig, poet

Sources:
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, What Do All These Famous People Have in Common? (poster), August 1999
Celebrity Meltdown, Psychology Today, December 1999, pp. 46-49,70,78
Ikelman, Joy. Famous (Living) People Who Have Experienced Depression or Manic Depression, http://www.frii.com/~parrot/living.html
Ikelman, Joy. People of the 20th Century Who Had Depression or Manic Depression, http://www.frii.com/~parrot/dead.html


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I'm so sorry you're feeling the way you are. You've gotten some incredible advice, so I don't really have anything to add, other than that reaching out here is a positive sign. It tells me that on some level you really DO care, which is good. This is a hard time of the year for a lot of people; it really does seem to magnify whatever depression or sadness or angst that we're feeling already. It can feel insurmountable, but it's not.

I know you're on medication, but you know, sometimes they need tweaking. So while I'm not saying "Call your doctor", I really think it would be a good idea to consider it. Sometimes a small adjustment in dosage can make a huge difference.

There is always hope. Always. And you're anything BUT mediocre. But hey, even if you were, so what? As you say, the world is full of us, and I think we keep the world going. We can't all be rock stars, after all.

Please hang in there. You have lots of people here who care, given the responses that you've gotten.
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Having recently lost one of our young forum members to suicide, this strikes me particularly hard now. I think the advice offered is all the best, and that you're already involved with a professional in some way is encouraging.

I think you'll find that better days are ahead, as cliche as it is to say. They won't all be the best, but every new one brings different challenges, and that's part of the puzzle of life.

Joshua, I'll echo what Jay said, but with an ammendment - it's not just most of the best years of your life that are ahead of you, it's THE best to come. Trust me on this.

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fuck it. i'm really messed up right now.

i was going to pretend to start a discussion on the topic, but instead, i'm just confessing that this is where i am right now. it never gets any fucking better. i'm sick and tired of it.
Amazingly, it does get better, but often it takes time. Time heals almost everything, but it's hard to have patience for that healing to arrive when you feel at your lowest.

I don't believe much in psychopharmaceutica. Yes, it works to some extent, but it always has side effects. And some are not fun.

A few years ago I felt awfully depressed and ended up taking a class at Kaiser. I don't believe in that either, and actually had no use for the "search for what your problem is, then see how you can overcome it" approach the class suggested. That's because I did not have an identifyable problem, I just felt awfully depressed.

A good thing came out of the class, though. Somehow physical exercise was suggested as something that often helps alleviate depression. So I took up running and have faithfully done it for the past four years. I have a two-mile uphill/downhill/uphill course that I run every other morning, come hell or high water. It actually worked. Depression dissappeared, and as a side benefit, both my lung capacity and cardiovascular system test 10-15 years younger than my phyical age.
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I'm dying to know what set you off. I see a lot of people giving you a lot've advice all with the best of intentions. You can atleast take some solace in knowing you've got a decent support system.
I wouldn't totally discount the pills if I were you. From what I've heard if you have problems like this you should look into changing your meds. Did they ever work at all? From what I've seen the idea isn't to fix everything, just to give you some respite so you can regroup and get to work on what's important.
Here are some suggestions. Like Conrad said, exercise really works. I think of it as an endorphine thing: It's like cutting, but a lot more cost effective and less painful. I had a friend who used to eat a couple pounds of chocolate when he felt depressed. He's still a bit of a headcase, but he seems to be content. You could also wait a week. If this was sudden maybe you're a rapid shift, and if you are it'll all be over pretty soon and you can work on making sure it never happens again.
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I wouldn't totally discount the pills if I were you. From what I've heard if you have problems like this you should look into changing your meds. Did they ever work at all? From what I've seen the idea isn't to fix everything, just to give you some respite so you can regroup and get to work on what's important.
Here are some suggestions. Like Conrad said, exercise really works. I think of it as an endorphine thing: It's like cutting, but a lot more cost effective and less painful. I had a friend who used to eat a couple pounds of chocolate when he felt depressed. He's still a bit of a headcase, but he seems to be content. You could also wait a week. If this was sudden maybe you're a rapid shift, and if you are it'll all be over pretty soon and you can work on making sure it never happens again.
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I have one word to contribute:

Welbutrin.

It's really helped me. I've probably been depressed my whole life, but didn't do anything about it until a few years ago. There's no shame in doing somethng about your depression - the real shame come if you do nothing.

I know this is a rough time of the year - it's rough for everybody. But hang in there, OK?
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