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Anxiety & Depression
In recovery life gets better one day at a time. We start to get hopeful that we will never suffer again as long as we live. Then we find out that there are still some issues we have to deal with. Sometimes this happens when we do our fourth step inventory and realize we played a part in our former misery. Sometimes it happens when we go into therapy for the pain left over from your childhood. Sometimes we just wake up one day and find ourselves anxious and depressed and we do not know why.
Depression acts like a wet blanket smothering our desire to do anything. It makes us tired and apathetic. It saps us of enthusiasm and the energy we need to live our life fully. You might say depression is like a thief in the night. When we wake up in the morning we have been robbed of the desire to do anything but the mandatory and routine things we need to do to survive.
Anxiety makes us hyper and strung out. It gives us headaches. Everything is going fine and we worry about everything. Then we lash out at others even though we love them. We love God but we still think the world is going to cave in on us. We vent but it really does not help, and we go home and worry some more. Sometimes we break down in tears because we don't know why this is happening to us.
If you find yourself in this situation then seek help. Don't suffer in silence.
Find someone who understand anxiety and depression.
Open your mind to anti-anxiety medication.
Talk to your therapist or sponsor about your situation.
Get out of bed even if you don't feel like it.
Get out of the house and walk.
Push yourself forward as best you can.
Find something meaningful to do with your life.
Find a support group.
If you are a spiritual person pray.
Be hopeful no matter how miserable you are.
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