It helps me to know that I can make progress in my own mental health and still experience a crisis. I don’t have to be and never will be perfect. And all the progress in the world doesn’t fix it. It just makes the downs farther apart. I really love this site.
Depression. It is said the third week in January is the worst for depression. I believe it. Also, I think once you have depression, a debilitating depressed mood can move in on you at any time of the year. Sneaky little mind trap just waiting to pounce and pull you into blackness.
What does an increase in a depressive mood feel like?
Fatigue! Fatigue is an excellent indicator of an increased depressive mood as is a lower back pain! Did anyone else know this? (I always have lower back pain when I am feeling depressed, I never thought it had anything to actually do with depression.) I just read an article on The Mighty where the author talked about back pain and/or neck pain accompanying an increased ‘flare’ of depression. The whole idea of a ‘depression flare’ struck me as well. A depression flare. Well! I know how to deal with flares!
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