Date: 2017-01-20 12:41 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thinking of you. I'm really glad you felt comfortable writing.

I'm not good with sympathy. I'm more of a problem solver and the part that stands out to me is that its the situation. I tried a therapist at one point when life was more than I could handle (not suicidal nor depressed so clearly different) and bottom line I had a plan for trying to manage work/kids/medical issues but there was no way to change the time schedule of when relief could happen. These are big issues.

I don't think anyone should be defined by their job not being what they want. The economy is rough and there's a lot of luck involved. I think its a big lie that we tell everyone that if you just work hard enough. No... if you just work hard enough you'll stroke out or have a heart attack meanwhile someone else inherits their position, wealth and lack of morals and doesn't hardly work at all.

Anyway.... I personally found Dr. Seligman's The Optimistic Child very helpful to me. My take away from that book was optimism is really problem solving. The nice thing is he has exercises where you learn how to evaluate situations for what is and isn't something you can control and how to decatastrophize and to listen to that voice in your head and start dialouging with it.

I'm also not about guilt tripping generally but I think an important quote about suicide is it doesn't end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else.
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