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Online creamcheese

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"guilt/punishment" part in depression
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:28:12 AM »
I am wondering if somebody can explain the "guilt/punishment" part that is associated with depression.
I have anxiety/depression concurrently and low-moods, so I feel guilty for having a bad mood because I feel like I have so much in life to be thankful for that I'm not paying attention to due to my mental state of mind. Because of this, I am constantly worried and think I'm setting myself up for being punished.
Is this common with depression?
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Re: "guilt/punishment" part in depression
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014, 07:54:22 AM »
you should not feel guilty, because of your depression you are unable to get the same pleasure from your every day activities as others due. I too have felt that I should be happy for what I have but sometimes its not as easy as it sounds but what you are feeling is completely normal, What I have found helpful is not analyzing my life moment by moment but just live in the present and be thankful for being able to experience life.
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Re: "guilt/punishment" part in depression
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 08:59:01 PM »
I've done this a lot, too. I think it is just something that depression can sometimes bring on. I feel guilty when I get depressed, too. I feel like I have a good life and should be happier, but sometimes it isn't that easy. And I tend to punish myself a lot whenever I start getting happy. I think something in my mind tells me I don't deserve to be happy, so I sabotage my happiness. Messed up, huh? The best way I get over it is to remind myself I do deserve to be happy, and it isn't always the worst thing if the depression gets the best of me. I'm constantly trying to stop being so hard on myself.
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