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Doni,

I am so sorry. It really hurst when those people in our families, the ones we love the most - just don't get it.

It also makes us really mad. I'd be willing to bet that if you really took a long and hard look at those tears, most of them were due to frusration and anger as much as hurt and sadness.

For those of us with Depression and anxiety issues, we usually don't do so good with confrontation - which is why you didn't say anything back to your aunt. So the anger comes out as tears instead of yelling. We take the anger out on ourselves.

Please call the counselor and explain why you were unable to get out of bed. Tell her (or him) how hard it is for you to make the step to get out of your home. They might be able to find a way to come to you. Maybe not, but it is worth a try.

But know that this step is the best step you can take. It is sooooo scary, because it does mean change, but it means it for the better.

I would like to share my personal story of Depression with you that is on the website here. This may not be the path you need to take, but it will let you know that you are not alone. Hang in there.
Experiencing In-House Treatment for Depression


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I am not a doctor, just sharing my personal experience as I have had depressions and anxiety for sometime. The best way to get over anxiety and depression is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem. There are various prescription drugs like Xanax to get over anxiety and depression, but these should only be used in accordance with the instruction of a physician. There is a lot of fake selling of such medicines on internet, so before you can order it online just make sure it is a real pharmacy.

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There are now many support people who can do their work over the phone or even over the internet. So for people who have anxieties about leaving home, you can still get help. If you fall into this category definitely look into your options - having some help is better than having no help!


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Doni, I am sorry your aunt didn't get it. I encounter this with my family over and over again. I have trouble getting out of the house as well if there are people anywhere near where i am going. I always feel better in the wilderness, but can lose it in public. It's just best to stay home most of the time.

You are not alone in this. keep coming onto the Bellaonline forums; as Rosie said, everyone here is nice and supportive. smile

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I, too, read the 'Eat, Pray, Love and depression book. I liked it, but to me it was more like a romantic comedy that helped this incredibly, financially secure women with her divorce and other crisis she was having in her life. I have been deppressed on and off through my life but for the last 4yrs, it's been rough. I have anxiety attacks and for the begining of these first two years I didn't get out of bed without the help of a friend, I NEVER went out of my house and so on. I have had on and off counseling and a few people do still email me sometime, but really, I'm no better off with my depression than I was two years ago. I take some meds now that help with anxiety, so I can go to the grocery store and church every now and then.
So to me, the book was entertaining but not therapuetical. I suppose I might feel better if I could leave on an adventure as this woman did and my life would be changed forever but to say it would rid me of my depression?
After the last page I felt like I had read a good book, but not one that had anything to do with depression.

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Doni - I'm so sorry that you've been depressed for four years. Remember, the woman in the book had to take a solid year to get on her feet, so it was never instant for her. It's taking you four years which is fine for your situation. We are all different. It sounds like you are doing better than you were four years ago! You've made a lot of progress and can be proud of that.

It's important to look at small victories. Don't judge yourself against others. If you are nervous about going to church, and you go and enjoy the sermon, then that is a small victory. Give yourself credit for that!

Many of our forum members share your anxieties. It is a situation many of us face. You are not alone!

What in particular about your current life do you wish you could change?

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I read the book and loved it. Although I don't have depression, my Dad has suffered with severe clinical depression for more than two decades so I am familiar with how devastating it can be. And if anyone thinks that it is possible to talk someone out of depression, they have never been with it up close and personal.

I, too am put off with the negative comments, about Liz Gilbert's memoir. Why is is that we are so afraid to let people tell their stories, or God forbid, live their lives on their own terms?

I am also a big fan of the works of Jerry and Esther Hicks who openly advise living your life for yourself, not for anyone else. They point out the amazing hypocrisy in calling someone selfish for doing what they want instead of what you want them to do!


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Eat, pray and depression may also cause to extra weight gain. Depression allows person to take more food but the person must have to avoid intake of a lot of food.

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I also enjoyed the book Eat, Pray, Love. I found it to be a beautiful story of learning to take care of yourself when circumstances are rough. Often when you are depressed, the last thing you think about is nurturing yourself. I admired the writer's honesty. Her grief was tangible. So was her recovery. A must read in my opinon ~Brightfuture

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So true, Lisa, but it's because of a lack of understanding of what depression really is, as well as the stigma attached to depression and mental illess in general. It's the subject of one of my articles, "Stigma of Depression."

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