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Object Lust. [Dec. 25th, 2009|09:25 pm]


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Do you ever feel like you don't want anything that you own in your life anymore? Not that any of them hold anything traumatic for you or bad memories, but more of just "why do I even need/have this?". I realize that I save things all the time and start small collections of things that I think look neat, but somehow they lose all value once I have them for a short period of time. Have you ever made a list just to look back on it a week later to think "what was I thinking?". Maybe nothing suits you, it just doesn't make sense or it's just all pipe dreams.

I'm just wondering if this is a normal thing for people with dysthymia or not.

[User Picture]From: akaerin
2009-12-26 08:52 am (UTC)
Sort of... I hoard things by nature, I don't think I've ever thrown anything out apart from actual rubbish (and even then, I have some packaging and I keep some envelopes addressed to me) or given away anything apart from things that I've bought purely to give away. I do get bored of things easily though. So, if I buy something I think is pretty, sometimes within a couple of years I don't think it's nice at all. I pine not so much to get rid of old things but rather to see something new and beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: tawna
2009-12-27 03:06 am (UTC)
I think that buying pretty things and then losing interest in them is a normal thing for all people, and not just dysthymics. The appeal of material objects changes as people change. Children become fascinated by cute toys, but when they grow older, they lose interest in them. This is normal.
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From: tobalina
2009-12-27 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yes very often. It relieves depression for me to be impulsive and go buy something new or take up a new hobby or get a new crazy haircut. But sometimes you are just treating symptoms and the condition stays the same, so soon enough the affect will wear off.

My room is currently filled with like 10 plants. I got them all at once when I was really interested in gardening for some random reason. Now they have grown up and takes me tremendous effort to water lol. But on a good note, certain things are healthy (like taking care of plants or nourishing a new hobby) and are definitely worth the effort to keep up. So many unhealthy ways of living are just bad habits that we need to break ourselves of.
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[User Picture]From: bastet11191967
2009-12-28 04:55 pm (UTC)
In my case, being a 1980's kid, I used to subscribe to the "Shop Til You Drop" mentality. However, it resulted in me accumulating a large amount of credit card debt that required going into a debt repayment program to resolve after I got out of college and found that even having a fulltime job was not enough to make it go away. I seriously wanted to sell every damned item I owned in the hopes that it would fix my problem, and even contemplated committing some kind of fraud. Luckily, I never took it to that level. While it was not the main reason for going into therapy, I eventually realized that the "Retail Therapy" was an attempt to fill the emptiness I felt I had in me. Now I know it was depression coupled with some bad advice regarding personal finances. I collect some things nowadays, such as Mardi Gras (retired design) PartyLite candle holders (not that there are many of them), but my stuff looks fairly minimalistic compared with what I had in the past, and it is ok. When looking at stuff, I file it away for later and leave, and if I am still interested enough in it, I come back for it at a later time, as sometimes I change my mind later.
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[User Picture]From: whenevertheygo
2009-12-29 06:14 pm (UTC)
That was a really good article.

I also collect glass bottles. They make great gifts if you just put one thing inside. most of mine are filled with moss.
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