One thing I struggle with immensely is being able to feel/see beyond my current mood.
If im depressed I can't imagine ever being happy again.
When I'm happy I can't imagine/understand what I was thinking when I was depressed.
I can't see out of it when I'm in it!
Do others feel like this? Can you see beyond your mood? If so how???
It's a real thing, it came up in my University psychology class, mood dependant memory. We tend to remember times when we felt the same way we do at the moment. When I'm down I work really hard to remember that I have had times that I have been happy and they will come back. It doesn't really change my feelings in the moment but it gives me that spark of hope.
The constant roller coaster! When I'm depressed I know things will never get better & want to commit suicide, when I feel good, I don't understand how I could possibly want to die when I have so much to live for.
I think being able to at least recognize your mood is a good thing. I like to think of it as riding the wave, I know I will eventually snap out of it so deal with it in any way that makes me feel better. Working out/eating right, etc... Getting outside with the dogs. Anything to get and keep my mind off whats really going on... Sounds simple. Sounds maybe like I don't have it severe enough but believe me, I have and I do. Medication is ok for a while but its only a band aid. I think the most sensitive and talented people have this condition and there's a way for each of us to tap in and help ourselves through whatever talent we have.... Probably not making much sense to anyone but thats how I feel...
I can relate to that. When I am happy I can't understand why I was so down. And visa versa. One thing I have tried is to write a journal I write in it when I am happy and when I am sad. I try to send a happy message to my sad-self to not give up, to hang on, list things that you like about yourself, and other good stuff. And make myself read it when I am down.