Friday, November 05, 2004

Don't Forget
Philanthropy Friday


Blogger Jason said...

First, thank you Kim for continuing to champion "Philanthropy Friday." I really, really appreciate it.

Go here to find out more about "Philanthropy Friday" and this week's charity.

11:16 PM  
Blogger John Psmyth said...

Now that blogger is working again -- I put a Philanthropy Friday on Viewing the local antiquities. Great idea.

Also, to the depression you write about. I have been there, and I am here to tell you THAT IT WILL PASS, and in fact may go away entirely when you are older; much of it is physiological in origin, I believe. May not be much comfort, I know, but at least you can know it, even if not feel it.

A few comments:

1. A wonderful, wonderful book (I just checked, it's on Amazon) is "Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison" by Dorothy Rowe. Many years ago, her book lifted me out of an episode, simply because reading her words, I knew that she understood. At least in my experience, the idea that nobody can possibly know how you feel, how bad it is, is one of the most insidious things about the illness. She proved that she did know, and that really helped me.

2. Paris is a Northern city, and therefore the amount of light you are getting is decreasing as winter comes; you may be experiencing seasonal affective depression. Make sure you get out in the sun and walk (this is also good just to keep moving; always keep moving).

This again is insidious -- even after I knew I was susceptible to SAD, I remember so vividly -- I was riding on the subway, feeling dragged down, churning round my heart, tight muscles, the endless weight ("de"-"pression"), and reading a Scientic American article about -- you guessed it -- SAD. And suddenly I realized I had SAD again! (The symptom was eating lots of starch, and I was eating bags of cookies ;-) So even after, intellectually, I knew I was susceptible to SAD, it didn't occur to me that I had it, even though my body was screaming with the symptoms -- until something hit me over the head.

3. Of course, depression can often be situational -- nature's way of telling us to change our situation. Only you can answer that.

4. And don't be hard on yourself about lack of energy, that's part of it.

But in the meantime, try to do simple, daily things. Get out in the sun. Walk. Walk a different route each day. Look up at the buildings and the sky, not down at your feet. If you don't buy Rowe's book, buy another. Every day, do some little thing that's good, and different from the thing that you did for yourself the day before. It's terrible that you are in Paris and sad. That's not right. Pleave believe me when I tell you that the sadness will pass. All the best!

5:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thanks John. You and I are on a similar wave length regarding how to cope with depression. You've also given me a thought for a blog topic.


4:43 PM  
Blogger John Psmyth said...

You're very welcome, MG. I have been through the wars, I know.

I think you are so lucky to be in Paris! Where around every corner is a new delight. Where they know how to stack vegetables in the stalls. Where you can open the doors in the subway car before it actually stops. Walk yourself until your muscles are tired, and be sure to get plenty of sunlight.

7:14 AM  

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