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one more ? [Jan. 17th, 2010|09:03 pm]
Does anyone feel like when they are in good spirits, they are unable to recall ever feeling low, and vice versa? Like a very poor or selective memory. Makes it very difficult to assess growth or judge severity of depressive moods.

I lied I have another question....

Do you think impulsivity is a good or bad thing? I keep getting these strong urges to take off and do something crazy...live at hostels for a year or travel around Europe. But I wouldn't want to do it unless it was a longterm life change. Otherwise it wouldn't be worth it...wouldn't be an energizing enough endevor for me to take on.

I know impulsivity is generally viewed as a bad thing if you are depressed...but why? Seems like a genius way to feel alive again. Even if it is scary....at least you are learning, growing...at least you will not be numb anymore.

OK i am done posting now I promise :)

[User Picture]From: lexi35
2010-03-04 06:03 pm (UTC)
When I am in good spirits it is really hard to remember exactly why I felt so bad or how I felt. I think that's part of the reason it took so long to finally be assessed and diagnosed. What has helped me is keeping a journal. If I look back then I can see what was going on, how I was feeling, and I can track my mood.

In response to your second point, for me impulsiveness has been REALLY bad. I have wrecked my finances and I'm married so that means I've also hurt my husband and children. It has put a huge strain on my marriage and eroded my self-esteem even further which I didn't think was possible. That's my experience anyway.
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