How do I cope with depression and anxiety?

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I struggle to deal with my depression and anxiety at the moment. I have 3 cats, a puppy, several fish and a son and husband who love me dearly. My depression is at a level where I feel like I am a failure at life. I feel like no matter how much hard work I do I still fail. Going in public doesnt help because I have severe anxiety. I also because of a recent move in the last year lost my health insurance and cannot afford my meds anymore and the state I live in wont allow me state insurance either. I cannot get a job because of covid and most places not open or not hiring so I cant just pay out of pocket. I need advice on how to deal with my depression and anxiety.  Having my pets does help some but the puppys only 9 weeks of age. So less cuddly and more let's play aged I guess. Advice would be appreciated.

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How do I cope with depression and anxiety?

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@Dakotamoonstar22 Hello Dakotamoonstar22, thank you for starting this discussion, I'm sorry to hear you're struggling. There's currently a thread in behavioral disorders group that may be of help to you: Do you know any free mental health resources?

Let me also tag some members who can maybe share some advice with you.

Hello everyone, how are you today? How do you handle your depression and/or anxiety? Have you been able to handle it without resorting to professional help? How do you cope?

@tommiera13@JenM2020@Crazybeaut1ful71@Hotstuff473271212@Blueacegirl2020@Cutemouse1216@junegirl55@Lisaf3@Jackie07@BrinleysGma@ThereIsHope@billiejeanx0@hxnncbcbc@Robert775958‍ 

Take care,
Courtney

How do I cope with depression and anxiety?

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I do a lot of crying........if I don't keep my mind busy which is hard to do at times. Something simple can set me off so I try to watch uplifting shows, listen to peaceful music, craft, read if my mind settles down enough, play games and chat with family and friends. With the way things are now it is hard not to get thru a day without tears. Keeping a journal helps because I can write everything from frustrations to happiness down......and i prag a lot
How do I cope with depression and anxiety?

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I was at a point this past winter that I found myself not even able to get out of bed. I’ve had SAD most of my adult life. I went weeks without a shower. Sad to say! No matter how hard I tried I could not get motivated to do anything. While everyone is saying saying you need to get up and pull yourself out of this. That made me feel even worse. Found out I was on the wrong med. Ended up in the hospital with a total breakdown. Where they changed my meds again. I couldn’t feel anything after that. Totally numb! My precious Daddy passed in May and I felt numb. They have changed my meds again. Praying that it keeps improving my depression!

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The mess of covid virus has added to my depression by making it hard for me to go out and shop for necessary items, not to mention I got hired for a job but cant start it because of state lockdowns due to covid. So my finances are suffering. I've cried so much lately because i feel like i failed or because i feel helpless. I used to be healthy and could do any job but since my health issues started it's a struggle to find work. I know theres got to be coping methods. I do play games and read but then the negative thoughts start creeping in and getting to me. I try to watch shows that make me laugh as well as trying to do as much as i can with our pets. 

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I am struggling with my bipolar depression and sobriety today. I have been smoking pot most of my life to keep the bipolar at bay. I stopped due to having CHS - Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome which makes me deathly sick for days. More less allergic to weed. My oldest son moved in with me at the beginning of the year and he came in like a wrecking ball and created so much drama, i had a metal break down 4 months ago. Wrecked my relationship with my daughter told allegations to my boyfriend that were untrue, Then on top of that, he and his fiance have a baby on the way and I was the only one there to support them financially and mentally. I kicked him out for not following house rules, Not getting a job and taking his responsibility serious, so he created a lot of unneeded drama. Now I can not see my grandson that is being born as we speak, not even sure if he is here yet, but this is breaking me. I do not want to go back to smoking to numb the internal pain i feel daily. I am on the right medications now, but medicine doesn't always work. My bipolar is going to ruin my relationship with the love of my life, due to the ups and downs emotionally I go through on a daily basis due to the outside drama created by others, its ruined my relationship with my daughter and we struggle to repair our relationship.  I am so sad, Idk what writing here will help with, but maybe someone has some advice on how they deal with these overwhelming moments, when the meds just do not work. Because I take them so early, I am finding the evenings are hard to tolerate without having some sort of crying spell, screaming spell, anger spell or just sleeping my nights away. Covid has not made this very easy for me to deal with this and feel like i am stuck in my own prison in my own head. I've never used a resource like this to channel any of my thoughts. My family doesn't understand, my boyfriend does not understand. And I feel alone most of my times. Stuck in my own thoughts that just never shut up. My daughter is now 17 and pregnant, and struggling to help her through her anxiety which causes even more anxiety within me. I just feel like I have failed and I am losing this battle within myself. ::(

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I know my depression and anxiety is affecting how I react to those around me too. I'm not good at how I word things and as of late I have been worse then usual at how I word things. I'm trying hard but still not doing good enough. People say they are offended by my manner of being. They say I am being judgmental. I know theres got to be things I am missing in coping with my severe depression and anxiety both. That's part of why I am here. I'm hoping this group can help me find methods that will work for me too. I figured that if I came here others like me might have ideas and suggestions that will help.

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@Dakotamoonstar22 I go to thearpy it helps alot