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Are you depressed?

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Dec 29, 2018

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  • Oracle redvsblue
    I’ve had mild depression and social anxiety all my life. Didn’t even know I had it and just thought feeling like meh was the norm until I read a CBT book and took some inventory to establish a baseline.

    I got a dog and also now I
    do mindfulness meditations where I just sit silently and observe things (internal and external) like watching clouds go by. Worked wonders for my depression and anxiety.

    Before that I tried CBT, exercise, vitamins, supplements, crying, stress eating, drinking, marijuana, bubble baths, journaling, video games, hanging out with friends, leetcoding, none of these coping methods worked as well as mindfulness and puppy love.

    Edit: I do get chemical imbalance every month from PMS. With mindfulness meditation, I’ve become more aware of it sneaking up on me and don’t let it control me.
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    • Microsoft naaam
      So you overcame it without any medication? If so, that's good to hear!
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      Yes because I only have a mild case of it. When shit happens every 2-3 years I get more moderate depression and I seek counseling at that point. I’ve tried anti depressants they made me sleepy and foggy brained, zombie like and didn’t feel joy or excited either. Not for me.

      Also my issues have to do with bad ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness helps you control repetitive useless thoughts from reoccurring.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Cisco / Design
      ohno!

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      What do they do to you at counseling? How do they help?
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      It depends on what you want, just someone to complain to and have someone feel sorry for you or actual help to change your way of thinking. I’ve had both kinds and I don’t find the venting to a wall type of therapists helpful. Some gave me advice I knew I couldn’t take in my situation. My current one is helping me understand/accept myself and helped me change my misconceptions to see things from a different perspective so I learn to accept the bad situation while slowly making changes to better my life. What my therapist is doing is called DBT. Many other types of therapy out there: CBT, mindfulness, relationships counseling, etc. Finding a good therapist to work with is very personal and kind of like making a good friend or even dating. It takes a lot of time but I think it’s worth it and it keeps me sane.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Twitter Rtt616
      So mindfulness meditation is like regular meditation where you sit and pay attention to your breath or is it more involved?
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      It can be breathing, that’s the easiest and most accessible because you always breathe, or eating or just do something called a body scan.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Facebook
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    No, my life has direction and purpose:
    Shitposting my way to Blind Top user.
    Dec 29, 20182
    • Oracle redvsblue
      +1 for lols
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      One day you too will get here
      Dec 29, 2018
  • SmileDirectClub / Project
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    Chemical imbalance? I've dealt with it for around 15 years now, so it's not going away anytime soon. So far, I've managed it with varying degrees of success, so I think I'm doing ok.
    Dec 29, 20180
  • Oracle redvsblue
    Over 60% depressed people. Why??? Damn. No wonder Blind is so toxic, just a bunch of grumpy people trying to bring others down with them.
    Dec 29, 20184
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      Depressed != grumpy
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      True, but can be both sometimes. I just meant unhappy people.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • SmileDirectClub / Project
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      Yikes... Usually depressive people are happy to be hateful to themselves, not others. What an insensitive blanket statement.
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      That’s exactly my point. One thing I’ve learned from therapy is you cannot love others properly if you can’t even love yourself first.

      I believe depression can be anger and hatred directed inward and sometimes it can spill out in forms of bitterness, resentment, passive aggression, insecurity. I see lots of that spilling out on blind.

      It’s my observation and I’m simply stating it at no one in particular. Not sure how that’s insensitive or not? You don’t need to take it so personally. Never said it applied to everyone. Depression can be caused by a lot of things.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Microsoft lauraShy
    Used to be depressed. Lived in Seattle. I think the weather did it for me.

    Then moved to California. Night and day. Happy now
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    • Oracle redvsblue
      Yeah chugging vitamin D here. 😭😭😭
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Microsoft lauraShy
      I twice the daily recommended vitamin D and was still depressed. I think it's the people, the food... The mentality idk.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • Oracle redvsblue
      It’s definitely the people. People in Seattle are closed off with their emotions, passive, and cold. Seattle freeze is real. Maybe everyone needs more vitamin D and most people don’t bother.
      Dec 29, 2018
    • SmileDirectClub / Project
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      I actually tan during the winter for this very reason. Too many days without the sun sends my depression into the abyss.
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Facebook banana344
    More than half of people on Blind are depressed...
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    • Oracle redvsblue
      Cus TC not big enough.
      Dec 29, 2018
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      Selection bias. Happy people are less likely to bother with a thread about depression
      Dec 29, 2018
    • SmileDirectClub / Project
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      Happy people also just don't kill their husbands.

      #namethatmovie
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Microsoft
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    Blind did a blog post on this and the results were astonishing. > 40% of people responding from Microsoft and Amazon self reported being depressed, and > 30% at other companies. I wish they would have broken it down by location too though.

    http://blog.teamblind.com/index.php/2018/12/03/39-percent-of-tech-workers-are-depressed/
    Dec 30, 20182
    • SmileDirectClub / Project
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      Iiinteresting...
      Dec 30, 2018
    • Sad
      Dec 30, 2018
  • Microsoft Ellen Musk
    Clicked the post thinking it said
    "are you dressed?.. Why?"
    Comments threw me off.
    Dec 29, 20181
    • Oracle redvsblue
      I’m not because I sleep nude.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Dell / Eng
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    Yup. Have been clinically depressed for 30 years. Just bad brain chemistry and messed up patenting. It's manageable with therapist sessions a few months at a time every few years.
    Dec 30, 20180

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