Got The Depression Bug?

Sometimes I just wish there was a shot to get away the many threads of depression. Kind of like the variations of the flu virus. I am not saying having depression is a virus and contagious. I just wish sometimes there was an ultimate cure or a way to manage easier. But there is no such thing or is there?

Yes we can go see a psychiatrist for many types and variations to medicate where you are with your depression or the classification of it, such as bipolar. Going to see your therapist is also part of your healing process to learn to deal and work on solutions to manage it. Along with therapy and medication a regular check-up should be involved in my opinion. My reason is this, medication can affect your other meds along with your liver and kidneys. I found out the hard way. I tried Depokate for my Bipolar I Depression. After 9 months of usage and increasements I ended up with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease. Unfortunately no one knew to check on this. And I do not state it will happen with everyone.

I do feel like there are threads of depression like the flu. All these variations come to mind when we struggle. There are triggers in our lives that affect PTSD. Sounds, smells, places, people, a voice, many other things can trigger you with depression. That is a “strand” of the bug we do not want to get.

If only resolving our problems with depression was so simple. And that is how others see it to be sometimes. Just get up and go. You can sometimes see yourself doing something but you are unable to get there. At least you are at this stage of depression. There still are people not able to see themselves out of their beds. That is okay because you will get there and I am shooting for you. I get the never wanting to leave your bed, never wanting to leave your home, your town, anywhere, no changes.

It is easier said than done. For me I do not believe in the BIG steps right now. Meaning looking ahead at ALL the HUGE goals I want to do. Doing the future far ahead can stumble me because I cannot see that far ahead. I can see my past and how far I have grown and that makes me happy! I chose to make baby steps so I no longer feel overwhelmed and not drowning in my own bath.

With Depression you need support with your medical care, therapist, psychiatrist and physicans. If they are not working together to benefit for your health and well-being that is where you will need to get additional help. I suggest calling your health insurance company. Or if one of them is helpful someone from their offices should be kind enough to let you in the right direction or guide you there. There are support groups. Please be cautious with where you go. I would say this with anything. You want a safe and healthy environment. It is easy to be swindled and drawn down into depression more with the wrong group or organization. Local hospitals, YMCA’s, park districts and NAMI have some groups available. There are talk lines available today. Again please contact your insurance company along with your medical professionals. I personally have not used any texting or online therapy service. I would like to know about those. Any information you feel comfortable to share please do below. Please share on what you think about depression.

I feel that depression is real and if pushing someone you love to move ahead before they are ready will stump their growth. We must be aware. Depression is a brain disease, it is our brain health, yes it is mental health and there is nothing wrong with that.

WRITING PROMPTS

We all sometimes need a little help with an idea of what to write about. Whether it be for a novel, short story, or a piece of poetry. once in w while you have that bug to write but are not sure how to get that story out. So sometimes you either type away on your laptop or like me I am from back in the day when you had what we called a “rough draft”. They were generally written out on paper with pencil/pen. Then we would use a typewriter. I still carry a little notebook in my purse in case I feel like taking notes for a story or just feel like writing. Sometimes you just drive or walk by something and all of a sudden you begin a story in your mind to write down. It is amazing what a person can write about . Writing prompts can be either fiction or non-fiction. In fiction you can do fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, love and romance and much more. With non-fiction you can bring your life story out. You can also bring your life story out and put it in a fictitious character in order to get your message out. There may be some people when you do get your story out there that may not want to be named in your non-fiction book. So there are many options to get your book out there but no problem in getting some writing prompts out your way.

I will suggest that you find as many as you can “free” resources out there. The costs can add up after a while.

Whether you are just starting out in college or an adult starting out in college or returning to college find out if you English Department has a Creative Writing Club. This is an option to get you started it even get a club started. If you are pursuing a degree in English maybe you can take Creative Writing as an elective.

Your public library may have a class available as well as your Park District. There are generally local events and classes available to take. Sometimes for a small fee. I suggest adding your resources here, as in your local library as well as a local Community College. There may be a class for Creative Writing without college credit to get you going. Check with a local bookstore. Sometimes your mom and pop type shops have workshops in order to promote local authors.

Google is one place we all go to. Be wise and ask around when checking out what you are looking for. For five minutes you get this for free and then the low, low cost for such and such. Be careful of giving out any of your information, including what you wrote. There are many free e-books to download on how to write a book and great writing prompts. Again I always check with a person I trust. A previous English Professor or someone I took some writing classes with. You never know what they are using and how it is going for them.

As we know there is so much we can write about. Things such as: A beautiful sunset, a winter storm, children playing into the night, hearing the pitter patter of feet, listening to bands outside on your deck, setting sail in the sunshine, a thunderstorm rolling in, and much more. You can just start with a few words and somehow, someway, one day end up with that best seller. Honestly you never know. Keep your eyes open and you will see. Share with me below where you found your nice for writing. Please share any writing resources that are trustworthy for submitting a short story.