Sick Humor: 7 Things NOT to Do When You are Depressed

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JLH, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    We all have been there. It is 2am, you can't sleep, you have a lot on your mind... and let's face facts- you are depressed. After doing all of the wrong things to combat depression, I thought I would pass on some of my knowledge to you. Hopefully you can find better things to do with your time at 2am then I did. Why only 7 things? I fell asleep, and I was too depressed to think of 10.

    1. Whatever you do, stay away from Google.

    Normally I am a HUGE Google lover, but at 2am when things are looking bleak, Google has a funny way of turning on you. I call this "Depression Googling". It seems like a smart idea in the moment to start searching for all the
    wacky symptoms of your illness, or the side effects of your medications, but to read all this technical data when you are on little sleep, just leads to trouble. It is overwhelming and depressing and no matter how much medical
    information and experience you have, you are not a doctor.

    Google also tends to get addicting. One search leads to another and 3 hours later you still don't have answers, just a load of websites that tend to confuse and depress you even more.

    2. Now is NOT the time to Stroll Down Memory Lane.

    It is fun to look at pictures or talk to old friends etc, but not when you are down in the dumps. When you are sad, comparing yourself to your fat/ skinny/ pretty/ prom/ sick/ healthy pictures is not productive. You are not that person and you will never be that person again, You can't, it is in the past. We have a funny way of picking ourselves apart when we want to. We can be our own worst enemies. We notice every flaw, every unfulfilled desire and we focus on it. When looking at old pictures or talking to old friends, we reminisce about the way things were, or how things could have been and rarely do we focus on the now and how great some things currently are.

    3. Do not watch Lifetime Movies.

    It might seem like a good idea to watch movies to distract yourself when you are sad or can't sleep, but there are some movies that should come with warning labels. If you think the movie might be a tear jerker, don't watch
    it. Have self control. The news isn't even safe anymore. Turn your TV channel to a comedy station or the Disney cartoon network- anything that will make you laugh, but not make you think.

    4. Now is NOT the time for Major House Re-Organization

    I know you are awake, and you think that you might as well make good productive use of your time, but you will just end up tired, achy and with a 1/2 accomplished project. You do not need more reasons to be depressed. Looking at the cabinets in your kitchen and deciding to re-organize your Tupperware is not the way to cheer up. You will only be mad at how the cabinets got so messy in the first place, or you will start the project and be too tired to finish. Waking up to a messy kitchen, with random lids of Tupperware all over the place, will only make you feel worse. Trust me, I am writing this article with a 1/2 erected Christmas Tree in front of me and it is sad.

    5. Eating the whole bowl of Fudge Brownie Mix, although yummy will just give you a tummy ache.

    Eating a whole bowl of anything is probably not a good idea. You will either get an upset stomach, or get a sugar rush that will just keep you awake even longer. An easy rule of thumb is do not bake, cook, or binge. You do not
    want to wake up in the morning and feel more upset about what you ate, than about whatever it was that was upsetting you. If you want to bake, eat one piece of whatever it is and put the rest away.

    6. Do not Drink away your troubles

    You had problems before 1 glass of wine or a beer and you will have problems after them. Drinking will just make your issues seem bigger, fuzzier and just plain messy. Drinking makes everything seem sad. Drinking by yourself
    at 2am is just pathetic. Have a drink to toast and celebrate good occasions, not to drown your sorrows.

    7. Do not change your blog or myspace page to reflect your mood.

    Do not take the time to change your background to black or your song list to Alanis Morissette just yet. Wait a few days and make sure that dark mood is really what you want to express. Probably after a few days and a good
    night's sleep you will not be feeling so Goth. Before you spread your dark mood to the world, wait a few days. You will be happy you don't have to just figure out how to undo everything you did, and your friends will be happy to
    not have to find an appropriate "comment" on the new depressing theme of your blog.

    Article written by Christine Miserandino, for

    [This Message was Edited on 01/24/2007]
  2. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    okay :-( (bowing head and putting fudge brownie mix away) I will stop doing these things now..... no wonder I can;t sleep. LOL

  3. Lynna62

    Lynna62 New Member

    ahahhaha I love that list! I LOVE sick humor. Keep 'em coming!

  4. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Neat list. I especially liked the part about "Depression Googlin."
  5. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    I laughed at the depression thing on Google. BUT.....I just had to see what images was on depression......on Google.

    Sure enough there is many many pictures of depression. But instead of being a little depressed (and I was) it made me really laugh,,,,,,,
  6. artyreader

    artyreader Member

    Very funny. . .I can so relate! As a brand-new computer owner, and a lifelong insomniac, I'm finding that any web-surfing etc I do in the wee hours tends to be tinged with a weird combination of desparation and frantic anxiety, as if finally, in my sleep-deprived somewhat manic-and-depressed state, I'll find the secret cure to all that ails me, my freinds, the planet,etc. Instead, as you so wittily put it in your list, information is not necessarily illumination.

    I loved all of it, but I also could really relate to the starting of household management projects at 2 a.m.,etc. (It seemed like such a good idea at the time. . .)
    I live in a studio apartment(all I can afford while living on Soc secy--at least I have a roof over my head!)so things have to stay pretty ship-shape around here (alas, they are not!)When I get a wild hair to do a sudden sorting and purging of papers or anything else that necessitates me pulling everything into pile on my floor, I have no bedroom or any other room to retreat to, and, while I may have started out enthusiastically, the energy inevitably fizzles, the arthritis pain in my back flares up like a wildfire, and I Immediately need to lie down for an undetermined period of time, leaving the mess sometimes for days (waiting for that illusive wave of energy to come rolling into my body)and risking life and limb while I just barely avoid tripping over everything in the only space I have to live in. . .sigh. Thanks for the humor! I laughed out loud!Very therapeutic!
  7. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Glad you enjoyed the list .... and WELCOME TO OUR BOARD!!!! Glad you have that new computer so you can join us in the wee hours of the morning!!