can't control my thoughts
August 11, 2008 8:23am CST
i have severe depression and usually i am able to control a lot of the painful memories that come up that i keep buried but for the last two days i can't stop the memories from circling, anyone have any good techniques that they use to help them in that situation?
11 Aug 08
well the same thing happened to me, but i controlled it by entirely diverting my attention, when i have the feeling of those thoughts i will go out, do something which are totally different and i make my mind to think differently by completely preoccupied in other jobs
• United States
12 Aug 08
If I were you, I would personally talk to your doctor about it. He can check to see if it is a bipolar (manic depression) disorder, and prescribe you with a medication to help you with your depression and contain your thoughts more. I do agree with some of the other posters. Diverting your attention to something else is very helpful. I also battle depression and I divert my attention from it by putting my energy into a home business that I have been working, and I have just started working on a garden. The garden helps me to relax and focus my thoughts on something more beautiful while keeping my body and mind busy, and my home business makes me feel more productive because not only am I keeping my body and mind busy, but I am also contributing to my household income. I also talk a lot to my husband when I feel like I cant take it anymore. He is a very good listener and has always been there for me when I need him. He helped me to get past and move forward after I was raped a few years ago (a few months before I met him), helped me to deal with a lot of the depression that I went through in the past, and that has helped me tremendously! I dont think he realizes how much he has helped, and it is hard to put into words to tell him how much he has helped. He is my bestfriend and my soul mate. So, yes, talking to someone about your depression also helps... as well as diverting your attention to other things. Find a project that you can enjoy and do it frequently and that will help not only your depression, but also help you deal with stress, anxiety, and help you "find" yourself again. Hope this helps. Dawn Lidwell www.wellnessworksforus.go.cc
14 Aug 08
it is bipoloat type 2 with severe depression, i am always in a state of depression, it is just the severity of the depression that fluxuates. i have been on so many meds it isn't funny, i am currently on the last option of medication they have to try, have also been through ECT (shock therapy). when i hit certain memories, i seem to loose the control that i used to have to force myself to get up and do something different or think of something else, but i do see the importance of diverting the thoughts, and also keeping yourself busy with something.
• United States
17 Aug 08
I listen to music or play guitar when I'm down. I'm not saying that this helps me completely, but it takes away the feelings for a little while. I find that playing guitar helps me focus on the task rather than my feelings. I know that this can definitely help you. I'm feeling the same way, so if you ever need someone to talk to I'll listen.
• United States
20 Aug 08
Everyone gets depressed. As an artist, I am supposed to be depressed. All great artists had a mental problem. It is hard to keep some memories buried. I lost my mom when I was 16, and she was only 35. I buried that entire situation, but from time to time it comes up. It's hard to do, but I just paint. It's better that doing some stupid.