We All Know That Nothing May Really Help -- But...
See life in shorter pieces and the pain only temporary - getting through the next minute, the next hour, the next day, may be all there is for a while.
Preserve the shell, the framework of your life.
You don't have to force yourself too much to do things that cause you pain or stress.
Get free or pay for as much help as you need for mundane tasks such as cleaning, shopping, cooking, laundry.
And it's okay to let things go, longer than you normally would - a lot longer.
Things don't matter -- you -- matter.
Things can wait. You must survive.
If you have to force yourself to do anything, save it for important things -- so don't force the unimportant.
Ask others not to pressure you in the same way.
FOR ADULTS (with Partners)
Keep having sex with your normal partner -- even if you think you don't feel like it.
It doesn't have to be magical & romantic.
Go for comfort, closeness, support, or love.
Tell your partner that you may not seem to feel like it but it is important to do it - even if it's not great.
There are unforeseen hormonal & therapeutic benefits.
It will help you stay together through this difficult time.
Add it to the list of things that could keep you alive.
Realize that Loved Ones don't know how you feel -- if you hide your depression, they can't help.
And they really don't know how to help.
Don't be mad at them.
It seems sometimes that those emotions are in a pod.
And even if someone cares and asks you how you are feeling, you don't want to open up that "pain pod" -- you don't want to break down and cry.
Sometimes it's better if they ask yes or no questions, like "Are you depressed?" or "Feeling bad?" or "having a hard time?" -- Then you can possibly shake your head or manage to utter, "uhuh," without breaking the pod.
If you find you can't utter a word or nod your head, write it on a scrap of paper, "Feel terrible - suicidal - dying...".
Sometimes you must drain that pod and cry, and let some of those emotions drain out. Sometimes you can actually feel a tiny bit better for a while even if it's just a moment or two of relief. And it may enble you to at least talk to your interested loved one, friend, counselor or doctor.
Remember !! You have an illness.
Just as you would feel for a loved one dying in the hospital.
sympathy, comfort, & compassion.
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