It has been almost a month since I wrote about being gloomy, well that gloomy turned in to full blown depression. The definition of depression “feelings of severe despondency and dejection” …. I can’t explain why or how, but that self-doubt is ever present. Feelings of misery, unhappiness, melancholy, loss of joy and energy is just the tip of the iceberg. I can minimize the symptoms and act as if all is well …. usually, but that takes a lot of energy and that energy is hard to come by.
I have seen my doctor who doubled the dose of my antidepressant and have been talking often to my therapist. I have clued few others in on my despair and even fewer on the darkness. I had to take a leave from the gym, even though I know work-outs help with the endorphins and is a good thing, I haven’t been to my volunteer “job” in weeks or really gone out with friends since last time I wrote. I have no desire.
The one thing I am doing consistently is going to AA meetings. I have realized to drink or use would only make this thing much worse than it is. I am reaching out to my sponsor who has been very helpful with little kind words, advice and love. I have tried working with my sponsees to get out of myself, it works maybe a little bit, but it is mostly annoying. I am doing what I can in that area. The AA club is where I feel the most comfortable right now, being with my peeps whether I participate in the meeting or not is just where I feel most secure and can just be.
My husband is trying to be understanding and comforting, but he doesn’t really understand the tremendous amount of energy it takes to just exist. He tries, but also worries because last time I went down this path it was really ugly. I get it and am trying to be understanding of where he is coming from. I have forced myself to go out more than once if just out to dinner or the grocery store.
I don’t know if it is hormones, the gloomy weather or just my mood cycling around in a bad way, but whatever the case depression is no joke.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?