Yes we sure can, and we're more extreme when depressed!
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Yes we sure can, and we're more extreme when depressed!
Oh I'm in total agreement! Doing more research today and all you people's answers here and elsewhere have been really helpful and I feel like I can (finally) accept I am a 7w6. :) Now, if only my shrink can :P
I don't understand how I'm supposed to get out of my depression though. Because when I read about it, they say that we should stop ignoring it and stop distracting ourselves with stuff. But without distractions I get even more depressed. Goddammit.
Distracting ourselves is more of a defence mechanism and those are very useful things to protect us until we can get treatment. I use several at the moment, one which I have major issues with but my therapist said that it's ok to have them, just not to depend on them for the rest of your life. Without distractions I get anxious and depressed. I needed meds and therapy and so far so good once you find an antidepressant that works, that is. I find the SSRI's useless for mine, the first one that worked was an SNRI and now I'm on a DNRI which has given me more energy to do what I needed to. The SNRI just made me have to sleep, not just want, but absolutely have to sleep at least 12 hours a day and still force myself up and force myself to stay awake. I needed therapy bad to get over the panic attacks and the anxiety attacks I was having and was on a low dose of Klonopin for about a year, but I also had to figure out my triggers. When at my worst during that time though, I needed everything I possibly thought necessary to distract myself to avoid the possibility of going through another bout of anxiety for no reason. My therapist said the reason I needed to distract myself was likely because I was afraid of the silence allowing my deeper issues coming through, which it certainly was uncomfortable when I was not distracting myself with tv, books, drawing, music or computer. Boredom is only part of it, but having not enough distraction was very uncomfortable and I avoided it at ever cost. I still do it it's just that I found the triggers for my anxiety and I am avoiding the things that make me depressed for the time being such as intense or intimate relationships, especially since my only addiction has ever been relationships (I'm in aversion mode right now, which apparently drug addicts go through too). I have a lot to deal with now like my depression which I've had for almost 30 years now by my doctor's estimate. Anxiety is not so much of an issue since I am dealing with that too, it's still there but not like it was before when I needed drugs to control them. So what it came down to for me and I also read about the most successful treatment has been a combination of drug and therapy, since each by themselves is only about 30% successful. But combined it's most like 60%+ successful. Hope that helps.
Sorry it took longer to answer, I tried to yesterday but I got some sort of page or script error and lost my entire message:( I'll try again here lol. This time I will be smart enough to copy entire message in case something goes wrong.
Klonopin isn't a problem nor is any drug including opiates that you take only as prescribed. I've Been on benzos and opiates and never had a problem because I apparently don't have that kind of addictive personality. Sometimes also I've heard some doctors don't prescribe properly like they either under or over prescribe, neither of which is good so doing your own research is an asset and talking to your doc about your concerns is a good thing. A lot of doctors these days seem to under prescribe which is a sad thing because I've been there and no amount of suffering is worth enduring if your at risk of suicide because you suffer too much. If I was a doctor I wouldn't have a problem weighing addiction POTENTIAL versus suicide and I don't know how anyone else can't see the same way. You don't have to be dependent on any medication like that for the rest of your life usually and if you are one of the few, so what? If these docs and other people who criticize people for needing meds like this, they should try wearing our shoes for a year and see if they don't change their tune. I got off Klonopin AND very strong opiates without going back, at least until I need them again if ever. The only thing I'll likely need for the rest of my life are antidepressants which help me with pain and keep me off the pain killers in conjunction with the physical treatments I get.
To answer your question, the best non-drug ways for me to distract myself I found were mostly artistic during the course of my life such as music (I'd seriously die without it), writing, drawing, photography and the others that I've been relying on are watching tv when I can't be on computer much, being on the computer when my head can take it doing all sorts of things like reading, photoshopping (I guess that goes under artistic), games especially rpg ones or hockey or other things that occupy my full attention, learning new programs, chatting (and admittedly arguing ;) ). If I had more people I know around me that were ones I wanted to be around I'd be a lot more social since I'm trying to avoid negative people or people that wear me out. When the weather is decent I go for walks, never sans mp3 player of course, that would be dull as hell lol. If I have money to spend I go shopping. If I was physically able to I would love to do yoga or tai chi or something like that, I used to love working out too but I can't do that any more.