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Having depression is like having a pet Zombie … it eats your brain.

Wellness PlanHaving depression is like having a pet Zombie … it eats your brain.

Of course there are a lot of clinical explanations to what depression is, and its symptoms.  It is hard for people who have not experienced depression to understand how depression steels your ability to think.   Depression is like having a pet Zombie. . .  Sometimes it gets out and eats your brain.

When you are depressed it feels like you are thinking in slow motion.    Doing anything requires effort even things that used to be easy.  Talking to people, deciding what you want to do, anything requiring mental ability is just hard.   Crazy thing is that you can still follow instructions, but it makes you angry when you do.   Your sweetheart can tell you to get out of bed, and you can do it.  You can follow instructions but you just can’t think for yourself and you can’t make any decisions.   All options seem bad.   Performance at work and at school plummets often because you can’t decide what to do next, or can’t concentrate on what you are doing.

Sometimes you even physically feel tired or have pain.   It doesn’t make any sense.  You know that you have slept for 9 hours, but you are still tired.  You know there is no reason for the pain, but it is still there.   Over time you get sick and tired of being sick and tired.   You just want to be happy, to be normal like everyone else.   You secretly hate the bubbly woman in the cubical next; talking about everything she did over the weekend.  You could have done all that stuff if you weren’t so tired and depressed, and dang it does she really have to be so annoying.

This is why you need an artificial brain.   You need to have made decisions for yourself when you still felt normal.  You need a Wellness Plan, or a plan of what you are going to do every day to keep yourself working even when you can’t think.  It is a list of everything that you should do on a daily basis, a weekly basis, and a monthly basis to keep working.   It lists things like taking your meds, going to church, calling your sister, seeing your therapist, exercising, everything that you have committed to do to keep yourself working even when depression has stolen your brain.

When you are depressed you simply forget to do the things that you know you should.  The more things that you forget to do, the more depressed you become and the more the situation starts feeling hopeless.  You begin to feel helpless to do anything to get out of your slump and abandon yourself to be ravaged by depression.   A wellness plan is absolutely critical in keeping yourself whole.  So get that Zombie back in it’s cage, and make yourself a wellness plan.

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Wellness Plan

This is the perfect example of a Wellness Plan (A vital part of a wellness journal)….   You have GOT to check out her blog

Taken from http://justhalfcracked.com/

…My therapist and I decided, about a year ago (the last  time I took myself off my meds), that I needed a plan. She suggested a contract. Part of the plan is, if I get that particular itch, I must discuss it with three people, before I discontinue treatment. My people are:

  1. Michael–Of course, as he an integral part of my treatment plan. Also he tends to notice my mood shifts even before I do. This is helpful. Plus, I feel like I have an obligation to stay healthy not just for myself, but for him, too. It’s not fair for me to create chaos in our life together, if I can help it.
  2. My best friend–She’s known me since we were 14, and we are long past sugar-coating things to spare the others’ feelings. She loves me and will give it to me straight, in order to help me stay healthy.
  3. My stepmom–Dona is a beautiful and supportive second mother to me. She used to be a therapist, and will use her magic therapy skills to reign me back in.

The contract also states that Michael is to have my shrink’s contact info, and my preferred hospital (where my shrink has privileges, basically), so that if I ever find myself swallowed up by depression, or unable to make good decisions for myself, he knows who to reach out to.

There is still a big part of me that feels like I shouldn’t have to have a plan. I should be able to handle things well enough on my own. But that is just not realistic. And I need to learn to accept this.

Maybe one day I will. But for now…I have a contract. And a treatment plan that seems to be working…sure, it has a few kinks here and there, but so far, when I’m looking at the big picture, it’s working.”

Anyway, check out her blog, she’s a great example of someone succeeding in life despite mental illness.   http://justhalfcracked.com/

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