Thursday, January 17, 2008

Depression Quotes

If this depressive epsiode goes on much longer--and if I choose to blog during it--I'm not sure when I'll have to take the word "wellness" out of the blog's title. But for the time are some of my favorite quotes on depression.

"How heavy the days are.
There is not a fire that can warm me,
not a sun to laugh with me.
Everything base.
Everything cold and merciless.
And even the beloved dear stars look desolately down."
~Hermann Hesse

"It isn't for the moment you are stuck that you need courage,
but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and security."
~Anne Morrow Lindberg

"The mystics call it
the 'dark night of the soul.'
In its milder forms
it is best described as a period of dryness.

It feels like the absence of God.
Prayers seems to mock one.
Our spirit becomes so lethargic and confused
that we are unable to pray at all."
~Tom Harpur
The Thinking Person's Guide to God

"Sadness flies
on the wings of the morning
and out of the heart of darkness
comes the light."
~Jean Giraudoux


Dirk said...

"While in these days of quiet desparation, as I wander through this world in which I live, I seach everywhere for some new inspiration but it's more than cold reality can give."
-Billy Joel

Anonymous said...

"I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top" - John Keats

Susan, I'm so sorry you are feeling so down. Believe me, I know how it is. I felt that way last week and finally I started feeling a bit better on Monday and it has lasted all week, so if you don't mind me sharing a Scripture that helps me and seems to be true in my life (not always on my own timing though) Psalms 42:11 - Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God".
Of course when you are depressed, these kinds of platitudes don't really help. It is knowing that others are able to relate to you can be of more help at that time. I'm praying for you though that you will feel better soon. These ups and downs are so difficult to deal with.
Sandy M

Bipolar Wellness Writer said...

Dirk--thanks for adding to the list

Sandy M--Thanks for the quote, the prayer, and your sentiment. You're right. It's so extraordinarily difficult that sometimes it feels like I can't survive one more episode even though I realize that this,too, will pass.

How do you deal with yours?

Anonymous said...

I asked this question on Marj's rollercoaster blog a few days ago and she wrote back such a sweet message with lots of good ideas. The truth is, it is just so hard when I'm really depressed to feel better until time passes. I continue to take my Prozac pills, and I also get out my notebook of depression articles ( I print and keep a LOT of them) and it just helps to read them knowing others have felt this way and their ideas, etc. I know exercise is supposed to help, but I do have a hard time staying motivated to do it. I try to limit my intake of chocolate and sweets when I'm extra depressed too. I also read books which deal with depression, and also spiritual books that help me know that it's the eternal stuff that really matters anyway.And of course, I read bipolar blogs to see how others handle their depressions. :-)I do understand that feeling though thinking "this time I will just never recover" and yet, time after time, I have, so I need to remember that or at least be told that by someone else when I'm in a depressed mood. Hang in there!!!
Sandy M

Bipolar Wellness Writer said...

Dear Sandy M,
Thanks for your kindness and support. I'll look at Marja's blog and see what she said. I, too, try to exercise.

Oddly enough, I read cancer survival books rather than depression survival books because the information is more uplifting to me. And I read spiritual books as well. I spend time outdoors gardening, play music,and try to think positive thoughts.

But sometimes it's so difficult, and this has been going on for some many years that I'm feeling so much loss and grief (for me, my son, and my husband) that it's difficult to find any peace.

But thank you for sharing!


Danielle Blogging for Balance said...

I have listed you on my Bipolar Resources tab under Recommended Reading: Bipolar Blogs. I hope you don't mind. I have been reading your most recent posts and have quite a bit to add. However, I am quite exhausted from an episode that was triggered last week so I am going to rest a bit. I will be back to comment on your most recent posts.

Bipolar Wellness Writer said...

Thanks Danielle,
I've listed The Blogging Diaries as well.