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  •  From my personal experience (9+ / 0-)

    with my daughter and husband (both Aspies) anxiety goes hand-in-hand with Asperger's and if you live with that long enough the depression kicks in as well.

    For myself, I've got PTSD and major depressive disorder so I have some understanding about the pervasive effects of depression.

    Without insurance, you are limited in treatment options, but there are still lots of things that can "take the edge off" of both depression and anxiety: Exercise, Endorphins, Eating well and Empathy.

    I highly recommend the endorphin route (masterbation is often overlooked as a valid treatment option) as it provides a big "payback" for a small "investment", which you can then use to fuel other options. When you're dealing with depression you may not have the energy or will to "invest" in exercise, for example, and therefore have a hard time reaping the benefits from it.

    Exercise and Eating well are obvious, but Empathy is finding someone (or a bunch of someones, like DailyKos) to be an ear/shoulder so you can halt the downward spiral of depression.

    I don't know anything about helping with the physical aspects of your situation, but for the Asperger's, know that you're not alone!  And that there are people (like me) who value the "quirkiness" of Aspies and understand how much you have to contribute to a relationship and society.

    •  I don't have too much trouble... (5+ / 0-)
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      dibsa, Maverick80229, rubyr, mamamorgaine, DvCM

      in the eating and exercise department. I've actually lost close to 40 pounds in the last year thanks to Wii Fit. I also get around taking public transit and walking, though the public transit sure does leave much to be desired.

      Right now I'd say it's the unemployment that's giving me the most anxiety. It's true that I'm pretty well cared for but I don't like not doing something useful. In the past I've had trouble keeping employment due to my lifelong disabilities. That might change with time but the waiting sure does kill me.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      •  Oh, can I ever relate to this! (3+ / 0-)
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        amsterdam, Homer177, DvCM

        I've been seriously job-hunting for the past 10 months and only the fact that I still see a counselor every week for the PTSD has kept me from destabilizing from the anxiety.

        When you say you're pretty well cared for, do you need the money from employment? I know a lot of Aspies can hyper-focus on a specific topic and this can actually be way to contribute without a job. Whatever your interest may be, the kind of research and dedication that an Aspie can bring to the table benefits others in that field of interest.

        Are you tech-skilled at all? There are fields that have very limited people contact and some of them have work-from-home possibilities, too. If you have more control over your social interactions it might help lessen the anxiety from them. Structured interaction seems to work well for the Aspies in my life....book discussions, role playing games, board games, group cooking for charities, etc. Anything where the interaction is naturally limited by the activity at hand and eliminates the need to anticipate a wide range of responses.

        BTW, how wonderful that you can manage to exercise!  Hope you're getting some encouragement from writing this diary....we all need it sometime, depression or not.

        •  My college education was based around.. (3+ / 0-)
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          amsterdam, DvCM, mamamorgaine

          computers and IT. I've also built computers on my own and have had a few internships to boot (One of them even got me in an article in the Florida Today, but I didn't appreciate how they wrote me off).

          I don't necessarily need the money, but it wouldn't hurt to have it in case something happens.

      •  Volunteer. (1+ / 0-)
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        Homer177
        I don't like not doing something useful.
        Then volunteer.  You say that you are pretty well cared for; offer to help the people who are caring for you.  If you have time left, then find other groups to volunteer for and ask them what you could do for them.  

        By the way, have an online hug:

        (((Homer177)))

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Sat May 26, 2012 at 11:39:25 PM PDT

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