catatnoic depressionThere is no word in the English language I despise more than “relapse,” because by the time I use it, I have suffered months of agonizing depression that involves the typical symptoms you check off at a psychiatrist’s office: overwhelming guilt, fantasizing about death, no energy, lots of tears, trouble sleeping, eating too much (or too little), trouble concentrating, difficulty doing just about anything but obsessing about how bad you feel and crying enough to keep Kleenex in business. Here are a few strategies I use when I start to relapse … when my symptoms don’t abate for weeks on end and when I’m scared I will never again wake up excited for a new day. Continue reading …

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Therese Borchard
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  1. Kate

    Therese, I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling so much. Please hang on and believe that you will not always feel so horrible – you had good days in the past and I believe you will again. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and try to take as good care of yourself as you would a loved one. Please keep blogging – it does help me.