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Hello mudpuppy,

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling so much right now.

First, I have to give you the advice that I would give to someone in your situation. I encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional, if you aren't already. It could help to talk to a professiional who could listen objectively, help you to develop some additional coping skills, and be an ongoing support during this difficult time.

You might want to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling, as well, and see if he/she has any treatment recommendations, or if he/she can recommend additional resources. I strong recommend that you reach out for help. I encourage you to ask your doctor to evaluate you for depression.

When I have clients in situtuations similar to yours, I also recommend that they create a reasonable schedule for themselves. Here's an article I recently posted on how to get yourself moving in the morning:

http://www.depressionconnect.com/discussions/...

It can be helpful to create small, reasonable goals for yourself every day, without pushing yourself too hard. One foot before the other, each day.

Depending on your health issues, some form of activity has been shown to be helpful for individuals who are living with depression. this would be something for you to address with your doctor first.

I have also found that it has been helpful for individuals in situations similar to yours to create a gratitude list, and keep it updated every day. This can help to shift your thinking toward a "half full" view of life rather than a "half empty" view.

Spending time with supportive people is also important.

Again, I encorage you to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling. Depression is treatable. Don't go through this alone!

Gary

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