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I Have Gained a Lot of Self Knowledge Through Depression

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    It Made Me Stronger

    Depression has always been apart of my life. It has made me realize who I am, who I want to be everything. I am not saying being depressed is good, because its not. It can make people stronger or crush you. I think it depends on who you are.
    tomtombear tomtombear 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 18, 2008

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    Strength Thru Adversity

    I can sooo identify with this group. I am an incredibly strong woman. Even my EEG test shows it.. laughs. I am strong, and smart and caring, and all my wonderful traits because of the living thru the refiners fire called life. My life has been riddled with depression since I...
    JustRho JustRho 46-50, F Jun 28, 2013

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    Or Did I?

    Since being diagnosed with such an affliction on June 5th 2008, I like to think my eyes are more open and my sense of self, and reflection has been unleashed. Alas, it (for the most part) has not. The questions I had then are the same of today. Life huh? A few things have...
    EricS EricS 31-35, M 8 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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    Growing up I could never connect with God.

    Probably because whenever I prayed I'd always ask for a nice car when I grew up, or something like that. Though there were times when I had genuine prayer. I think I was mostly afraid of Him. He was dark and mysterious like the Church during evening Mass. So I left the Church...
    LightinDarkness8 LightinDarkness8 26-30 Mar 23

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    I Reflect A Lot

    I just think and think when I'm depressed, which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes bad. I ask myself various things like what I want out of life, how do I truly think about certain things, etc. When I'm honest with myself, it starts of web of "I feel this way because...
    BlankPage123456787 BlankPage123456787 70+, F Dec 26, 2011

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    Although I have yet to see the light at the end

    of the tunnel I have come to a very illuminating realization of people who are suffering from depression. I've realized that the people that I have talked to who have struggled with or completely beaten depression all have one thing in common. They all have grit. Given enough...
    ComfyMan ComfyMan 16-17, M Aug 14

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    It's Part of Who I Am

    Depression has been such a huge part of my life. I feel like it's always been there. Even as a kid I was never truly completely happy. Depression is part of me, I believe. So if you can't handle that then you shouldn't be around me. Some people think of depression as an illness...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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    Knowing My May Have Brought It On

    my depression has FORCED me to look deeper into myself and into a lot of my action no matter how small they may be. All this so that i don't unconsciously make things worse, in doing so i now know more of my weaknesses then other people know about their own weaknesses.I keep...
    amicawinters amicawinters 18-21, F Dec 10, 2012

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    Depressed......

    Help Im deppressed. Im so depressed.....What is there to Live for? Why me, God, Why me? These questions are haunting me again. My life has become no not a hell, but a void, a huge blackhole. Where nothing ever happens and nothing ever will? It has been like this for too long and...
    Anto815 Anto815 46-50, F Nov 10, 2010

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    My Emotional Intelligence

    I like to think that I have a deep level of emotional intelligence. How much? I don't know, but when I observe the people around me, I suspect that it's far more than the average person. I was born with this innate understanding of the human heart. I can feel things that...
    Lucidblue Lucidblue 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 9, 2011

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    Fight it don't let anything bring u down!

    Don't kill urself Give yourself another chance to live and to change your life for the better ;D They did it , you can do <3
    Minju96 Minju96 18-21, F Sep 15

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    Maybe the Reason Why I Feel Older Than Other Ppl At My Age

    You learn so much about your self. wow. I found a positive thing about depression -.- but the bad thing is, at least in my case, you're never sure if the person you learned about was really you, or a depressed you. You know, if it was just something you have during a depressed...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 29, 2007

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    Learned Alot

    Ive suffered depression for seven years now. Ive came through so much in my life-i was abused, bullied, had kidney failure and so much more. And i gt to a point in my life where it all cought up with me. It was difficult trying to deal with it all. And for a while i...
    star26 star26 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 11, 2008

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    It Was More Of An Eye-opener

    I go through periodic bursts of depression for somewhat unknown and complicated reasons. Through depression, I've come to realize how flawed I am. When I'm happy, I never notice any of my flaws, I pretend as if I'm perfect (almost invincible). When I'm depressed, I notice how...
    girlanonymous girlanonymous 18-21, F Jul 6, 2011

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    Increase Intemacy And Keep Away From Depression

    I had a Blissful sexual experienced long back . I had a girlfriend and I was practicing Martial Art so physically I was 100% fit. I was reading a Osho's book. there was technique which connects conscious breathing,controlling movements to minimum required and doing meditation...
    Besent Besent 36-40 Dec 26, 2011

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    I am Failing My Brother.

    when i look to my father i see myself but although fundamentaly we are the same our ideas differ greatly. when i look at my brother i also see myself and it scares me, i see low self esteem (and depression which i know is just around the corner for him) i see myself at his age. i...
    Issac95 Issac95 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 6, 2008

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    Yeah life sucks. I hate it

    when they would send me to teenage psicologists and ask me about my school life well that is over now. Now they know that i have the real thing. A simple hey man get better soon is not going to work. That may have worked a long time ago but not today and not tomorrow. Who says i...
    Insomniac77 Insomniac77 18-21, M 1 Response May 22

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    I Learnt Alot..

    i think it showed me how strong i really am. i faced so much with my depression, even looked death in the face more then once, but by some miracle I'm still here, and fighting. i wont give up, i wont let it beat me.
    Arktos Arktos 16-18, M 1 Response Mar 21, 2008

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    At One Point I Had Three Years Where

    I just lived internally. I was depressed and anxious to the point of not leaving the house unless I was with a safe person - and there were few of those. Over that time you get to know yourself well. And these were my preteen/teen years - the times you're growing and changing and...
    SofiaGrowsFlowers SofiaGrowsFlowers 18-21, T 1 Response Nov 16, 2013

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    I Use Depression to Make Myself Stronger

    I remember reading something about depression: that people who are depressed often have a very realistic way of viewing the world. We don't sugar-coat bad things or pretend things are better than they are- we don't have the energy for it.  The article said that maybe this is...
    drpr drpr 46-50, F Aug 11, 2008

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    Someone Else's Life

    I spent a lot of years living life as I was "supposed" to - not really knowing who I was - existing like a zombie - not really living, not quite dead. Then one day, I came to a sort of emotional rock bottom. What led up to this was a friend who told me, "...
    celebriticat celebriticat 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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    A Silver Lining

    I was diagnosed with acute depression late last year, and have had to go through some really tough counselling sessions and a fair bit of medication. I won't bore you with the reasons for my depression, but here's how it is for me. Mine comes in waves, most of the time I'm ok...
    Themanwithnobrakes Themanwithnobrakes 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 6, 2012

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    I Have Learned...

    You can change for the ones you love. But if they expect you to change at least once, they'll always expect more change from you. Crying is ok if it makes the pain go away. More often than not however, it makes the pain worse. Cutting is never the answer. Just because its a...
    newlife0204 newlife0204 18-21, F 2 Responses May 28, 2011

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    The Oddest Two Weeks Of My Life

       A couple of years ago I hit rock bottom in my depression. I had let it get so bad I was on the verge of suicide and I really needed help. My family got me to go to a clinic where I saw a doctor. The doctor recommended that I go into a mental hospital just for a little while...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 11, 2011

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    The Blessing Through The Curse

    This is a wonderful group title though I don’t care for the logo myself. It depicts an emotion on this subject which is dramatically different from my view. I’ve suffered from some form of depression for as long as I can remember, probably most of my life. Much...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 4 Responses May 26, 2011

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    Unraveled

    pre depression, a tighly wound, spool of thread with all notions, ideas, knowledge, personal awareness bundled in this tiny centerpiece, the cylindrical bubble of the "known". soon time outran longevity and i was slapped by the precipice of disaster. there i stood...
    tessagirl tessagirl 18-21, F Mar 28, 2009

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    Not Proud Of It Really But....

    i spent the entire year of 2009 and part of 2010 in complete misery. i was lost in the darkness of my own misery during that time. as much as it hurt constantly i admit i learned a lot. i became deeply philosophical in a twisted kind of way i wrote life quotes down. i stopped...
    CaptainJackass CaptainJackass 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 1, 2011

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    Video:

    I found a good video about how this can work, how depression can be a catalyst for personal growth and whatnot. check it out here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3c4CmhwD80w
    paradoxical paradoxical 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 22, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I guess I have suffered from low self esteem for a lot of years maybe even always There's also been experiences in my life that's not helped like I was in an emotionally abusive...
    Ellievale Ellievale 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    Emotional Metamorphosis Through The Physical Throughout my childhood and teens, I was always a stick. Underweight looking, without the hungry look. I've had a great appetite and...
    unknownfamiliar unknownfamiliar 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 4

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    yesterday i took a test in my math class and i literally couldn't get past the third question. My knowledge on the subject is not enough. i had no idea how to solve the problems...
    eAngeliqueXX eAngeliqueXX 13-15, F Oct 11

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    I gained 20 pounds. Twenty pounds of loneliness and depression and unmet needs. Twenty pounds of pain.
    dragonflEYEfly dragonflEYEfly 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 1

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    I've found it super hard to lose the weight I gained in my last pregnancy, but I'm super committed to getting it off. I've got about 5kg, or just under, to shed. Anyone doing the 5...
    ladycaroline ladycaroline 26-30, F Oct 1

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    I've dealt with low self esteem and confidence issues for as long as I can remember. I grew up as the only disabled kid in school and had to deal with the bullying that came with...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 4

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    I have a hard time in life and relationships in general because i have a really low self esteem, idk why this is, i just know its there and i can't do anything about it.. Ive tried...
    Cheesyboy Cheesyboy 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 20

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    Stevie Wonder - for once in my life Listen to this song, read the lyrics and then imagine you singing it to your self, magical will happen lol... On the real though, love to me...
    OhGK OhGK 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 20

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    I've already posted about my self esteem so this will be about Confidence. My confidence is at minimum. BELOW even. It always is. I try to find reasons why I should have...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M Sep 20

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    Not really anymore I used to have lots but things changed. Iv been in a relationship for nearly 2 years and feel so comfortable with him that I don't really make an effort with...
    willowknight willowknight 22-25, F Sep 21

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    Please tell me I'm more than a stupid tv show... I was saying goodnight to my mom a few minutes ago and trying to talk to her about tomorrow morning, and she basically just...
    Sweetgirl120 Sweetgirl120 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 22

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    It's so ridiculously low today, I hate everything about my appearance. I've been so self conscious for literally as long as I can remember, my earliest memory of it is when I was 5...
    Gallowsweet Gallowsweet 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 7

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    I was washing my hair when I thought of the following today: I can't allow anybody else to determine my sense of esteem. Nobody knows me well enough to judge me anyway, so why...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 5 Responses Oct 11

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    for as long as I can remember I have been teased and made fun of called ugly and worthless. People have told me that I should just be a guy because I'm too ugly and manly to be a...
    jazzyxxav jazzyxxav 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    A year ago I was diagnosed with Complex Trauma PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder with Moderate Episodes, and Anxiety Disorder NOS. All of this originated from physical, sexual, and...
    mjh8808 mjh8808 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    as an 11 year old, how to gain confidence and stop having low self esteem? it sucks. Badly.
    haya08 haya08 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm learning to love my self a little more each day, I'm not dumb or stupid or helpless and I do have a future and I will go far and i am smart, very smart. I can achieve my goals...
    tigersfan195 tigersfan195 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    I have been lonely for seven years. I've been depressed for twelve. I'm twenty-six now. I have a lover, but he's 20 years older than me. He treats me well, but I don't get to see...
    jhark88 jhark88 26-30, F Sep 26

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    As a person who is absolutely proud of being able to deal with difficult or unpleasant people with grace, I have hit the wall with dealing with my mother in law. Here is a woman...
    Xiramat Xiramat 26-30, F Sep 22

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    its like not fair how god makes people. some people have it all while other have a saddist unfair life. ITS SO ****** UP. im tried of hating myself and how i look i had to do that...
    unlovednbroken unlovednbroken 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 27

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    I'm not a fan of Ulrika Johnson. But I do know one thing about her: she said whenever anybody told her they loved her, she automatically lost respect for them. Because how could...
    talkinaftermidnight talkinaftermidnight 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 29

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    Sometimes I wonder if I have anything to offer to Anyone. I constantly compare myself to other people and how good they are doing in life. I graduated college already, I work...
    JustDevy JustDevy 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 29

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