AIBU to just give up(67 Posts)
I am sitting here crying and I have no hope, I don't have anybody to talk to as I have no friends at all and I know I never will have. I don't know where to start, basically I have anxiety and depression and I feel as though I have no future, I probably won't ever be a mum (which makes me desperately sad) and I probably won't ever have a job or friends or any sort of normal life. I'm in my late twenties and its too late for me now, I have no work experience or qualifications so even if I miraculously got better, nobody would hire me. But that's beside the point as I can't see myself ever being in the position where I'd be able to speak to people and actually go into work or go to appointments. I just feel like there's no point. I live with my boyfriend and he suffers with depression himself but despite this, he hasn't got a lot of sympathy, he gets into really horrid moods and says quite hurtful things and then as quickly as he gets into these moods he suddenly gets out of it without a sorry or any acknowledgement of what he's said, and he expects me to just forget and get on with it. I know it's because of his depression so I try to be understanding and I know it's not his fault he has dark moods, but I'm not allowed to show my feelings around him as it will trigger one of his moods, he gets mad or ignores me if I cry (even if I go off to the bathroom quietly so he won't know, if he notices he gets huffy) if I'm anxious or worried he tells me I have to snap out of it, he said it today and I said to him "how would you feel if I told you to snap out of your depression" (I didn't mean that I would ever tell him to snap out of it as it feels horrible to be told that) he got really angry and said how his ex wife used to tell him that and made me feel horrible, he told me I could fuck off if I was going to say that to him! I tried to explain that I was asking him to put himself in my shoes when he says that to me but he just carried on effing and jeffing to himself as if he couldn't hear me (he does that a lot...and twists things I've said, although I don't think he does it on purpose) he told me he didn't want to be with me (but, again he says that every time he has one of these moods) and that I'm too much trouble. I can't go out anywhere without him but to be fair he says he wouldn't let me anyway even if I wanted to! Also when I am feeling depressed and I'm finding it difficult to keep it in, like saturday when I couldn't find it in me to get out of bed, I try so hard to still be nice when he speaks to me but he keeps asking me if I'm still in a pissy mood, I tell him in a polite way I'm not pissy just having a bad day...but 10 minutes later, he asks if I'm still pissy and when I'm going to snap out of it! And he turns it into something it isn't, like Saturday, he thought I was in bed because I didn't want to be with him anymore I tried so many times to tell him I do want to be with him, and it had nothing to do with that but he ignored me each time and carried on saying he'd help me pack my things and threatening to take me to my parents house. He got in a huge mood and I had to force myself to pretend I was ok. He gives me mixed messages too, he tells me how he'd love to have children with me one minute but the next dashes my hopes completely, I feel like I'll never be a mum and I feel so empty and sad inside. The way Im describing it, it sounds like a horrible environment for a child, I know, but it isn't always this way....but I know it's not suitable and I'll never have children and I'll be too old soon anyway. I have posted here before wondering whether it would even be fair to have children considering my MH but when I was writing that, I was in denial about my partner wanting a family with me, he chops and changes his mind and I stupidly live in lala land and go along with his good moods, ignoring the bad as I'm so desperate. This is why I was so depressed on the weekend as I came to the realisation that I'd never have children and that my partner would never want a family with me. I even accept him lying to me about pretty major things and ignore it when I know he's lying as I don't want to rock the boat or upset him. I've wasted my entire life and I have no future. I didn't intend to spend this entire time complaining about my partner, I know it's not fair to talk about him this way and I love him so much, he's the only one outside of my family who I've been able to actually speak to comfortably but I feel like he doesn't respect me and therefore doesn't respect my mental illness, it might be due to him being older (he does talk to me like a child sometimes, he makes all the decisions and he doesn't listen to me or respect my opinion) or maybe (probably) I don't deserve respect, it feels as though he belittles my feelings as if its a competition between us who has the worst MH issues and because I can't see my dr and so also don't take medication I must be well. I don't even know if he loves me I don't think he does but I love him and I'll look after him however I can and couldn't bear the thought of not being with him and not knowing whether he was ok and if he was lonely. I just want him to love me and care about me and want to be with me, he doesn't even really want to have sex, i don't have anything he wants. After his mood today, he went out its been a couple of hours now and he's just texted me in a normal cheery way while I've been upset and alone but i have to reply and hide my feelings or he will go back into his mood and threaten to break up with me again and that's the worst thing, it kills me though that he doesn't care how I feel or just doesn't want to know about it so he never will know and I'll keep it inside. Sorry I know it's too long for most people to want to read especially seeing as people don't come on here to be moaned at, but I have no one to open up to and even if nobody reads this, at least I've let it out now. And this isn't a suicidal post, I don't have the guts to do that, I'm just trapped in this life. Sorry everyone.
Oh my gosh I didn't realise how long it was, I'm so sorry it was all pent up inside. I'm sure nobody will actually read all that, sorry!
Why can't you see your doctor or take medication? Could you see a counsellor?
I could see one physically but I'm so anxious I can't make an appointment I'm too scared, I feel shaky just posting on here I probably shouldn't have come on, sorry.
Wow. You really needed to get that out, didn't you?
ok, the first thing I would say is that I think you should seriously consider whether your relationship is good for you. I think it may not be and it may be of great help for you to leave if being with someone is making you miserable.
Next I would say to go to your gp and ask for help. Why 'can't' you go to your doctor?
Finally I would say that you need to break down your problems and look at them individually and without your default being negative. I can't. I'll never. I won't... you don't stand a chance of changing if you tell yourself things can never change. You aren't so much trapped as trapping yourself.
They can change but you have to change them. You can get help but you need to go and ask for it.
What are you anxious about? Making the appointment? Leaving the house? Telling the gp how you feel?
Thank you devilsroulette I'm anxious about all of that and more, I can't sleep at night when I know I have to see somebody I worry constantly. My anxiety is mostly around meeting/being around other people and I can't cope with it (I know I'm sorry for saying I can't again!)
Thank you for reading all that and for your advice!
You need help. You know that, don't you? This is no life for you.
Can you access online support at least in the short term? Small steps. Get so you feel safe to talk on line before thinking of the next step?
Goodness, those words really do sound like they've been bottled up a long time!
Firstly, you're so not wasting anyones time here. Not at all. Post as much as you like.
I have to agree that your boyfriend really doesn't sound like he's helping you at all, in fact it sounds like he's positively holding you back from helping yourself. He's his own responsibility, you need to put yourself first and it really doesn't sound like he wants you to.
It also really sounds like you could do with chatting with the GP. Is there anyone else who could physically help you get out and get there? Are your parents helpful / sympathetic?
I should also say that I have been to my gp in the past and was seeing her regularly but she left and I haven't seen anyone since, and I have gotten back to where I was years ago when I struggle to speak to anybody and I feel as though I am back to square one
Don't feel bad about posting you need help. I know it is hard but you need to see the dr and they can help you. I wouldn't ask for or expect help or support with this from your DP because he may not help or even put you off. Post on here for support there is a mental health board. Don't feel bad about needing some help either, you can feel better and you deserve to, so make that first step and go to the dr asap
Your post is so sad. I think you should get rid of your boyfriend, sorry. Go back to the gp and access help.
You can have a better and brighter future but you need to make it happen.
You may benefit from cbt. What you need is permanent change that you are in control of.
It's just how you get to the point where you can access that.
How do you feel about emailing and asking for some help? Do you think that you could contact mind or something and see what they have to advise you?
Or have someone go to the gp with you and you take a letter that you have written that says how you feel?
I am just trying to think of possible ways that you could access the help and support that could really make a difference to your life.
Do you have any family at all? Someone who could go with you to your doctor?
I wonder if this would do better on the Relationship forum (as your boyfriend does seem to be at the heart of some of your problem) and there is a wealth of experience and advice on there. I'm sure people will be kinder than usual on AIBU but it may not be the most helpful place for you.
Say if you'd like it moved and MNHQ can be notified for you.
Thank you so much for replying, I don't know where else to turn or what steps to make, which is why I came here, and I am so relieved you are being nice to me! I moved a long way from my family to be with my partner so there isn't a lot they can do. I just don't understand why my partner wanted me to come all this way if he doesn't really want me, he lied to me so that I would be with him and I don't understand why he would go to all that trouble if he doesn't love me.
I'm glad the other posters have answered would just say the same! See your GP and get out of this relationship. Are you on JSA or ESA? Either way, next time you go to the job centre say you'd like some employability support and get some advice.
Can someone in your family give you the support and help to get to a doctor? And then to a counsellor?
I suspect your partner won't, because if you were managing your MH he'd be scared that you'd kick his sorry arse to the curb.
He sounds awful and he is being mentally abusive!
I have MH issues. As does my husband. Neither of us use it as an excuse to treat the other badly.
If I were in your position I would move out and stay somewhere, with someone who could be me the courage and strength to get myself better. I honestly don't think you will find this with your current partner.
You can't torture yourself trying to figure that out. It sounds like he has his own things to deal with and right now, you need to take care of you. You're drowning here and you can't be saved by someone who's also drowning. Two people side by side flailing about in the water cannot help each other.
Can you go back to your family?
> Can someone in your family give you the support and help to get to a doctor?
Yes, is there anyone who could phone and make you an appointment, and then take you there? Or does your GP do phone consultations? Once you've made the first step, you'll find there is help and support available to you.
Would going to stay with family be an option for you? You could see the local GP while you were there.
The anxiety aside, on a practical note, would you be able to pack a suitcase and go to your parents if you wanted?
Lying from a partner's not good. Lack of respect from a partner's really not good either, and it rather sounds like he's turning it all on you that you're responsible for his moods as well as your own issues (which you're not!).
Sorry, I'm really slow at replying as it takes ages to get my thoughts together, I was getting cbt with my gp for a short time, and I was starting to feel some sort of benefit such as walking to and from the dr alone and taking short walks, but since then I have gone back to how I was before I had the help, I think emailing mind is a good idea I hadn't thought to do that and that would be a manageable step for me to take, thank you!
How do I ask for this to be moved? Sorry I haven't used this site a lot, and I will definitely look at the mental health boards too, thank you.
How long have you been in this relationship?
If you don't mind my saying so, he sounds extremely controlling and emotionally abusive. This is almost certainly contributing / adding to your own anxiety and depression. For example, he says he wouldn't 'allow' you to go out alone. He makes all the decisions. He gaslights you too - talking over you and deliberately midunderstanding you, and also making out that you aren't ill, just in a mood.
He doesn't sound like a nice man, or a good partner. He's got you just where he wants you - dependent on him, too scared to do anything alone and scared of upsetting him.
Another thing strikes me here ... why do you say it's all too late? You are young still, in your late twenties. Many many people start families in their late thirties (me) or even their forties (two of my friends). Many more people start careers at this age too. Have you considered studying from home, for example?
Your life is far from over. A world of possibility lies ahead. Your main obstacle as far as I can tell from your post, isn't yourself ... it is your partner.
Are you maintaining relationships with your family?
If you click on the 'report' bit to the right of the post, you can ask MNHQ to move it.
I am terribly sorry you are suffering like this, the only thing that is absolutely certain is that is does not have to be like this. Would it help to write down bullet points for the GP so if you are struggling it is something you can hand over. Alternatively could you write a letter to the GP to make an appointment rather than having to speak yourself. Definitely CBT would be helpful but I imagine unless you can pay privately you will have to access this via your GP so that is undoubtedly your first port of call. Hugs to you.
That's really good that the CBT was having an effect - presumably that means if you get some help, it'll have an effect once again.
Funky, if meeting people is difficult for you, are you able to talk on the phone or access support via the internet?
Some GPs do phone consultations, and there are good charities out there. Mind and the Samaritans spring to mind and I am sure there are others too.
Keep posting here too. Getting down is a good way to begin.
I hope you get the support you need. Xp
Hello OP Devils puts it so succinctly.
Your dp may not be a bad person and you may end up together in the long term, but for now you are both drowning and no use to each other or yourselves.
They say absence makes the heart grow stronger, so why not give it a go.
Did you previously have a good relationship with your parents? Could you go back to get some support and to help you get your feet back on the ground?
I think you know this isn't right and it can be hard to make those first few steps, but once you do a whole new world opens up.
Are you agoraphobic, are you going at all atm?
Getting it down in words was what I meant sorry
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Reading your post is so sad! I've felt like this before too and I have to tell you it can get better! Thing is you need to take the first steps to try. You really do need to go back to your GP's, they're there to help and they really won't mind what state you're in. I've had so many break downs in my drs I've lost count!
It really sounds as if your relationship is bringing you down. You need to worry about yourself more - what's your relationship like with your parents? It might be best to move back in with them to gain some space to concentrate on you for a while. On the other hand maybe if you can get yourself to the drs your BF would take your MH more seriously.
There's no such thing as too late. You said you're early 20's so you have so much time ahead of you. Please don't stress about that, just take each thing as it comes, start with making yourself feel better now and the future will seem brighter.
Feel better! And come and talk to us more
One thing that really stood out for me is that you said that you can't go out without him and he says he wouldn't let you anyway. What's that about?
I also wanted to let you know that things can get better, even though sometimes it feels impossible.
Click on the Report link above your post and then explain.
There won't be a problem.
hi, i just read your post and it made me so sad, that someone in their late 20s could be so trapped and feel like they've left everything too late.
you are YOUNG, please remind yourself of that, please dont waste another year of your life living with someone who "wouldn't let you out anyway even if you wanted to".
your relationship sounds so one-sided, you deserve and need support yourself.
you can get help, get better, get a job, get an education, become a mum, do anything you want to do.
i'm sure that achieving all of that sounds totally overwhelming, but it can all be achieved slowly, over years and years.
could you email your GP the whole situation, then they'll understand how hard a visit to the surgery would be, but also that you need some help.
you sound so lovely, constantly putting your partner first, and wanting to look after him. you are obviously a very kind and self-less person. you would no doubt make a wonderful mum as you are so keen to put others before yourself.
changing your life so it doesn't continue like this is going to need some effort from you though - are you up for that?
I agree email your dr that way you can put down everything that is wrong much more clearly than you would probably say it if feeling nervous. You should tell them about your history with the other dr and about not having any family support apart from your DP who is also I'll and not supportive.
I'm sorry but I think your biggest problem is your boyfriend. The majority of your bad feelings stem from his treatment of you.
Please read your post back to yourself.
If you can find the strength and support to walk away from this relationship I think you will see how much better life can be.
At 29 you still have so much life ahead of you. Nothing is too late - work, children all still possible.
You just need help right now to get out of this dysfunctional relationship. Please help yourself by talking to someone, family? GP? Mind? as others have suggested. It is all good advice.
It's good you've written your post. Countless people will support you here while you think this through.
Would it be possible to return to your family? Moving back might be the best thing for you to get away from him.
Please don't kid yourself that he loves you. He doesn't care a jot about your well being. Take care.
I changed my life when I was late 20s/early 30s. It can be done. Where there's life there's hope!
You need to leave your partner. He doesn't sound good for you. Quite the opposite.
Use all the facilities you can - your GP, Mind, the Samaritans, posting here - to gather your thoughts, reinforce positive steps and allow yourself a perceptual shift.
You can do it
The only way for me to see my family is for my partner to take me or for them to pick me up, I don't drive and I have never gotten public transport alone. I couldn't stay there for long as there isn't any room. I have a good relationship with my parents but there are members of my family who I do not speak and and even if I did go to live with my parents, this would probably have a negative affect on my depression. I do keep in contact with my family though. I am on ESA and I am in a work related scheme, but my advisor allows me to just contact through email due to my anxiety. I have started trying to write bulletpoints about what I want to say in my email to mind as I think that will be a manageable step to take. I have been with my partner for 4 years, he's my first proper boyfriend (due to me not leaving the house). He has just come home, I thought he was happier after he texted me, but he isn't. He saw me sitting on the bed and then shut the bedroom door without saying a word to me.
Other people have give good advice re depression.
My mum was only a chamber maid in a foreign country at the age of 28, with no qualifications from school and chucked out of home at 18 so no support there either. At 30 she became a ski instructor having only skied for 2 years, then she ran a nightclub from 32-37, then at 38 she returned home with nothing after she got into trouble and then she set up her own business. She then finally met someone. She had her only child (me!) at 42 and brought me up on her own as my dad left before I was born. My mum has mental health problems around anxiety/depression and was on meds for years. BUT she has managed to make an awesome life for herself and when the good times were good they were great.
Anything can happen, but you do have to find a way fight the depression with counselling, meds and fighting the terrible urge to stay in bed or worse end it all. Also life can begin at any age. Have a lurk on some of the boards here - some women escape 30 year abusive marriages and their lives begin at 50 or 60 years old. You are not alone and people here will listen and give advice.
Hope you come back on this thread or mums net generally. Good luck op.
could you email your parents and ask them to come and visit you?
you are so good at getting your thoughts and feelings down on paper, as is evident from this thread, maybe you could open up to them and ask them to come and visit?
it is heartbreaking to think of how you're feeling and your partner just ignores you and shuts the door.
he just doesn't care about you at all.
you are there worrying about him, hoping he'd come home happier, and he just shuts you in the bedroom.
its so hurtful, this kind of treatment must be making your anxiety so much worse.
I think it would also be a good idea for you to also email women's aid. Perhaps there are ways they too can help you.
Take advantage of him having shut the door - keep concentrating on yourself and getting the help you deserve!
Having depression does not make someone mean & nasty. They're very, very different things.
Having depression does not make someone mean & nasty. They're very, very different things.
You say late twenties? I was 34 & 36 when had my kids. Have I missed a medical condition in all your post? I know women in 40s with babies to. So, put that way your potentially only half way through!
I would suggest LTB tho. Life might be crap but I think he's making it a darn sight harder than it needs to be.
I have been where you are (minus the not so DP)
Couldn't go outside, couldn't speak to people, had panic attacks right left and centre... I thought I'd never get better and I wanted to die.
What helped me was;
Taking anti d's
Lots and lots of CBT
Taking pride in the little things I did manage to do (posting on here is something you should feel proud about) as opposed to all the things I couldn't do, IYSWIM?
Sleep, lots of it
It does sound like your DP is exacerbating your anxiety.
And bit by bit I got better.
You can too but you are going to have to be brave and get to your GP. Writing everything down before I went helped me as without pointers I just wept at every appointment.
All the very best, you can have the life you want if you fight really hard for it.
Some people suffer from depression and some people are are knobs.
The two aren't related . he is a knob. Leave him. And you won't have kids if you stay with him, he's wasting your your time.
Get yourself back in to education get a job you feel good about and can support yourself and a child on.
You don't need a man for children
Education can be one or two classes in rl and university online
It's not too late for anything, FunkyDiamonds. You've still got most of your life ahead of you. More about that in a min.
It's easy to put up with bad treatment from a partner when you have anxiety and depression, as it's so hard to work out if you deserve better. So, for now, rather than asking yourself 'Do I deserve this,' which risks sending you into a fog of self-blame, ask yourself 'Would I treat someone like that?' 'Do I respect people who treat others like that?' 'Would I approve of a stranger who treats his partner like that?'
I'm sure your answers to all those questions would be 'No.' Because you're clearly a kind, compassionate, caring person with values and empathy.
You both have depression, but you don't treat him like crap and undermine his confidence, do you? So his depression's no excuse. Especially since you're bending over backwards to please him. What do you get in return? You're clearly tolerant and accommodating, but it doesn't sound as though he deserves you to be so tolerant of his nonsense. It is perfectly fair for you to talk about him in this way. It would be perfectly fair if you called him all the names under the sun, quite frankly.
It worries me that this is your first serious relationship, and that he's older than you. You feel you couldn't manage without him, but that is because he has emotionally abused you and cruelly taken away your confidence and made you dependent on him.
You're still young. I felt my life was over and that it was too late for anything good to happen when I was in my late 20s, after an abusive relationship. I couldn't work due to anxiety and depression, and thought I never would again; I thought it was too late to meet someone and sort my life out in time to have kids, I thought I'd never sort anything out. I'm 38 now and my life is a million times better, even though I still have anxiety and depression on and off and possibly will have all my life. I'd like to have a nice partner, (and have had some good and bad relationships over the years) but I'm grateful every day that I'm in charge of my own life without some fuckwit putting me down and making me feel like shit. How dare he? I've still got no kids, but it's still not too late even at my age, and if it doesn't happen I can still be happy.
And so can you. I know it's really hard to make friends when you're feeling like this, because it's so hard to find the confidence to meet people. Posting on here is a brilliant start though, because it's social contact with nice people, which should help your confidence and help you realise that you are a lovely person who people will respond positively to.
OP, believe me you are not too old for any of the things you list in your post.
You are a few months away from realising your goals all it needs is for you to believe and set the wheels in motion.
Have been where you are my love, now it is a distant memory, but most of it I don't remember.
There are lots of caring and helpful people on here who can help you, please keep posting.
And please don't feel you'll never be able to work. I understand you're probably not confident enough to right now, but when you're feeling brave enough, and you will be at some point, try voluntary work - it's the best possible way for those of us who've been out of employment due to anxiety and depression and other mental health conditions for some time to find a way back into work.
You'd probably find some of your fellow volunteers have very similar stories to yours, and that they're also lovely people getting back on their feet after difficult times, who are as kind, empathic and in need of friends as you are.
Once you'd gained experience in this way it wouldn't matter nearly so much that there was a gap in your work history. The organisation you volunteered for might have a paid role you could apply for, and they'd already know about your employment gap and be proud about how you'd blossomed and grateful to keep you on as a valuable team member once you were ready for paid work.
Hi funkydiamonds, i was just wondering how you are today?
You are still young and shouldn't feel like you can never achieve any of the things you want. It's going to feel overwhelming to try and get from where you are to where you want to be, but as someone above said, taking baby steps and being proud of what you can do is important. You sound like a kind person and I'm sure you've got a lot to give. It doesn't sound like you're getting much from your partner.
This is an online CBT programme that was linked to on an NHS website.
Maybe it might be something you can look at too.
Writing here is a good first step. You can email the Samaritans if you don't feel comfortable talking
I think writing things down for your GP could help. That way you don't need to interact more than you feel able.
Your partner sounds like an utter arse. I'm sorry you're having such a shit time. Maybe time to LTB and find someone who likes you and actually wants you to be happy?
Funky how are you today?
I was in a similar position with anxiety and not feeling able to go to the GP. I ended up writing a letter to my doctor and got a lovely letter back which gave me the confidence to make the appointment and go.
Why don't you try it?
Your bf sounds horrible, sorry. Throughout reading your post all I heard was that he doesn't let you go out, he doesn't respect your opinion and makes all the decisions
and blames all his moods on his depression or you, like an excuse. He's abusive and controlling.
Sending big hugs. I hope you are still reading. Do try and get to the doctor. You could write down a few sentences which say where you are at to take with you as a prompt. It may help you to temporarily take anti-ds. Try and think how you would feel about that. Good luck.
you write really well, so with regard to your having no qualifications etc, that will be something you can fix. one baby step at a time is the way to go.
you are young. honestly. think of life as a continuum that goes for many to around 90. you've got plenty of time to make changes.
i'm nearly twice your age and today I decided I need a fresh start.
hugs for you.
ask your gp to put you forward for counselling. get some antidepressants (I've got some. they make me giggle and not give a damn).
one teeny tiny step at a time start building the life you want. tiny steps. make a plan.
lots of good wishes.
Hello everyone, I just wanted to thank you all so much for your replies. I'm sorry I didn't come straight back to the thread, I had gotten myself worked up to a state after my partner came home but I read all of the responses and they have helped me to feel more positive, you've encouraged me to make baby steps, I've written an email to mind and I think I'm going to send a letter to my gp! I'll also look at that online CBT programme as that would be brilliant! Thank you so much for your stories and support and encouragement I really do feel more positive now! Also I wanted to apologise if I offended anyone when I said I was too old to have children, I meant that in my circumstances it would take forever to be in the situation where I'd be able to start a family, but I know if I start taking steps now I could get to the point where I'm able to start a family whether in my 30's or 40's! As for my partner, I know deep down that it's not good for me, I don't feel like I can leave right now or make such a big change (and I can't help worrying about him) but I know I need to help myself and then when I'm in a better place I can take steps to become more independent and I might even be able to support him as a friend better than I can now, I agree at the moment we are both drowning and can't help each other so I need to take the first step. Everything you've all said makes so much sense now, my mind doesn't feel as clouded and dark! Xx
Oh and thank you for pointing me in the direction of the mental health and the relationship boards, I will be using them
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Anxiety is absolutely crippling, I totally get how hard everyday must be for you.
Try and get that email done and sent off... A step towards the help that you need to get a bit better
And I'm not sure what to suggest practically with the b/friend... But he's not doing you any good is he? Depressed does not mean nasty... And what you're writing here does not sound like he's very nice or caring. Getting out of a bad situation can do wonders for mental health x
I'm glad that you're beginin to see some path to creating a little progress. Writing it down for the Dr is a great step forwards, and can get you into a better position to sort out your other concerns.
Another vote for voluntary work to build up your experience and self esteem. There's so many things you could do so you can find something of interest. I'm not sure of the details, but there are organisations that help match volunteers to work.
I think you need to move on from the boyfriend. He is grinding you down and crushing you and using his depression as an excuse. You are proof that you can be loving while depressed. He is not. He has no incentive to change and be nice to you and you deserve so much more than that. There is someone out there with love to give to you when you are ready to find them.
I know many people who have made or drifted into difficult positions in their 20s or whose lives have had a slow start, but have blossomed into their 30s as they know what they want, and it's taken that time to be ready to take positive action.
Depression is shit isn't it?
I hope you're doing okay today.
I'm glad you came back to update us. Your last post sounded much more positive. Even if you can't manage all those things right now, just thinking about them is a step in the right direction.
If you do consider volunteering, maybe you could dog walk for a recue? It gets you out there, but not on your own and animals don't ask questions or want you to be cheery! Plus I find fresh air and exercise really help with my depression.
The best advice I Had for recovery was 'Be kind to yourself.' For me that meant lots of sleep and not giving myself a hard time about the things I couldn't face or do.
So, be kind to yourself.
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