Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hole Prevention and Slithering Vipers.

My illness is doing push ups this week. Luckily, I have it under control. Ha! "Control" good one!

Do you, we, or I ever really have it under control?

It seems to me, that's when coping skills come into play. I've learned how to cope in a healthy manner, in which I keep myself from spiraling down into a hole. I'll call it "hole prevention" yes, that sounds good for now.

You see, that is the thing about my depression, I just never know. It is like a slithering viper, camouflaged, quietly hissing beneath the dirt and grass, waiting for a vulnerable moment to attack.




23 comments:

  1. Control is a good one. :D
    Depression is a sneaky bastard, that's for sure.

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    1. It sure is, Steve. Hope you are well. Thank you for your visit.

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  2. Control is indeed needed no matter the ailment, hole prevention sounds sorta bad lol

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  3. You describe depression perfectly--it can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Coping skills are so important. I need to work on mine.

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    1. Hi Tina, continued work on coping skills is so important.

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  4. Ah, control. Yep, I totally agree - there is no such thing. But I do also agree that learning to cope with stuff is critical. We may not be able to control it, but we can sure learn to live with, and even thrive under less than great circumstances. I'm finally learning that after years of therapy, reading, and OCD seminars.

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    1. 71, than you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

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  5. I like that you are introspective enough to realize when it's happening. That self-awareness is half the battle really. It allows you to gain some of that control you speak of.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. Yes, self awareness is half the battle.

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  6. Hey Madison,

    Total control over depression is an elusive ideal. I do know that trying to keep busy with positive distractions and resources can help. When the dark clouds roll in, even utilising the positivity on offer can seem like too much effort. Yet we keep picking ourselves up and do our best to live with, rather than suffer from our depression.

    I know that verbalising your valid feelings will have given you some comfort.

    In empathy and a peaceful weekend to you,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hi Gary, continuing to do the best we can and not giving up is a good thing.

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  7. Looking forward to your next post/update my friend.

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  8. My doctor often tells me "Even the best athletes get winded.". We all slip into "the hole" occasionally (and great analogy, btw). A better measure of your strength is how quickly you're able to recover.

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  9. Hole prevention is good. I soooo hate downward spirals.

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    1. I appreciate you and your comment. Thank you!

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  10. The most important thing is that you have learned some good coping skills and can recognise the signs or symptoms. That's a good start compared to some people who have no idea what to do or when to do it. Plug all those holes mate to prevent that slippery snake from coming into places where it's not wanted. Stay strong mate.

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