Loopy, Lonely and Lost

Basic Advice for Depressed People.

Note: Please do not contact me in order to ask for my help. I have unpredictable moods, no mental health training and I’m not emotionally strong enough to properly provide support to anyone. And this is the internet, where a person’s influence really doesn’t reach very far. It’s not fair on you or me for you to rely on me to help you.

I try to comment on other people’s blogs whenever I feel I have something to say and the energy to say it, but that’s about as far as I can go. I have enough trouble trying to keep myself alive without having to worry about the welfare of strangers.

I wish I could do more, but I really can’t. So if you’re having difficulties, please don’t comment or email me asking for my help. You’d be much better off following the rather general but sound advice below. Thank you.

If you are depressed…

See your doctor.

Look at the MIND site for good basic information about mental illness.

Seek counselling (if you are in the UK, look at the MIND site linked above to find out if your local branch of MIND offers free counselling. You may also be able to get free counselling from your school, college, university or workplace).

Go as easy on yourself as you can.

Focus on your safety, not on success or what other people think of you.

If you are suicidal…

Call a suicide hotline (try The Samaritans if you’re in the UK – they also offer an email service – or, if you’re elsewhere in the world, find a hotline near you at the Befrienders site).

Read this page. I never thought that something that someone had written on the internet would save my life, but that piece of writing has been a comfort to me many times.

If you’re genuinely planning to commit suicide, please contact your mental health professional or go to your local hospital.

 

I know that most of this advice seems obvious, but it felt irresponsible of me not to include it somewhere on my blog, just in case it helps someone who needs it.

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6 Responses to "Basic Advice for Depressed People."

Well aren’t you going to seek your own advice?

I actually found you via a health site on an article titled “The Best Bipolar Blogs.” So, being the bookworm(webworm?)I am, I was excited to have something to read to keep my mind off my own life for at least a few minutes. But I ended up seeing myself in all of your posts. Minus the suicidal ideation I suppose. (It’s been years since I’ve felt so low.) I’m also 20. Sorry for my rather random, incohesive way of writing.

Dear Laura,

It’s really responsible of you to have made this page for others. It shows you care. Could you please add this website to your links as well, I’ve already mentioned it in a previous post…i feel it will help people. http://www.studentdepression.org/index.php

Dear Liz,
You wrote the above post very well. Not incohesive at all.

great post, thanks for sharing

I’ve never thought of committing suicide but I’ve been depressed. Excellent post here. Maybe it has helped someone as well!

plz sugest me how can i take care of my father as he is a depression patient since 25 years. plz sugest me the way to give him positive thoughts.

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My name is Laura. I was once told that I have cyclothymia. This blog is mostly where I write about living as a person with extremes and instability of mood, and the history of a life that led to the development of those symptoms.

I complain a lot, I'm very repetitive, unreliable, and I tend to contradict myself.

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