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post #11 of 33 Old 06-12-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Is there anything you do that your extremely passionate about and makes you feel better about yourself?
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Barrel racing, and just being with horses in general.
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post #12 of 33 Old 06-12-2013, 02:59 PM
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Wow, that sounds familiar.

I dropped out of highschool during my second try at 11th grade. I had missed so much school because I was home about 3-4 days a week caring for my mother. I'd show up for class one day and the teacher thought I dropped out!

Anyways, she passed away during my second year at 11th grade, which I was also failing due to attendance.

I hid in a basement for 3 years to mourne, sold my horse and basically became a hermit. The only time I came out was to go to my job.

Then suddenly something clicked in my brain. I got my GED and went to college that fall. It was weird. One day I was a basement dweller, the very next I was taking my GED and applying for college.

During college I took Kung Fu. College kept me mentally and physically tired, and adding martial arts ontop of that simply exhausted me. I did this until I was no longer angry or sad. My Sifu taught me how to channel and redirect energy. How to turn sad/angry energy into a force I could manage.

I still struggle with depression sometimes. I haven't been on medication for 15 years. Physically exhausting myself helps a lot, and sometimes when I feel I might take a dive, I pull out my nunchakus or sai and do katas if I can't ride my horse.

Find what helps you and dive in, and don't come up for air until you feel better. Life will always be a struggle and depression makes the struggle harder. Don't just find an outlet, find what focuses you and don't stop.
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Thank you so much Copperhead. That is eerily similar, because the person who died in my life was my mother too.

I'm lucky enough to have my horses, who always keep me busy. They force me to get out of bed and head outside, even if I don't feel like it.
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Although I haven't been diagnosed with depression, I went through a rough time in my life where my life was just negative and I seriously did not want to be on this planet anymore. Nothing seemed to be going right for me at all.

What helped me was to find something to live for, I got rid of the negatives in my life and began to think in different ways, I looked for something to put my energy in to that I enjoyed. Instead of seeing the bad in things I took the positive out of everything. I surrounded myself with happy people, not people who constantly put me or others down.

Walking helps a lot, and breathing. You'd be surprised at how much going for a walk and just breathing helps you to pull yourself together again.

I wish you all the best, just remember life can only get better :)
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The most positive attitude you can muster. True positivity attracts positive results. Staying focused on the good things will cause you to feel happier and more motivated.

Clear communication without any screaming helps to make sure that you are understood. If they don't even want to bother than you have to be strong and stay positive.

What helps me is putting positive phrases or compliments from friends, etc. on sticky notes and putting them everywhere in my room. Or I reflect on everything good I've done in my day. I focus not on quantity but on quality.
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Does anyone have any tips on how to get yourself out of an anxiety attack while its happening? Last night while we were fighting (over text and phone, yay 21st century...not) I was getting more and more worked up because I felt like I couldn't escape the situation because I needed to keep my phone on because I was waiting on an unrelated call or email. I kept getting more and more frantic and was at the point of hyperventilating and having really really dark thoughts.
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You could of blocked the phone number.
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I think you have to call your cell phone provider and pay a fee to block a number. It would also make the rest of my family really upset with me if I blocked her.
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Are you sure? Look into your settings. I have Verizon and I'm pretty sure I can block any number right from my own phone.

Eta... Yeah, its right under the contact's name. It says options. Set a ringtone, block caller, etc. Posted via Mobile Device

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I just looked it up, I have AT&T. It's like 5 bucks a month to be able to block numbers. :-/

I don't think I'll have a problem with her any time soon, and if she does call or text me I'll just ignore it.
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