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An Sampler - part 3 of 3

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   An Sampler,  part 3 of 3


Someone sort of new to ASD wrote:
	I am not saying this to offend people, but this group is just a bit
ridiculous.  I looked into it because of my depression and to get support.
But to see topics about male anatomy, daylight savings, etc is very
disappointing.  Depression is a serious problem that shouldn't be taken
lightly or insulted with unrelated or improper topics.  Again, this is not
to tick anyone off, its just my feelings on this group.
Spider <> responded with:
	Yes, some of the responses may have seemed a little harsh to you.
But please understand.  To many of us, it seemed as though you waltzed in
here and said "my goodness, obviously you people are just a bunch of
blithering idiots who don't treat their illness seriously".  We do.  We
have to live with it.  But I don't think I could hang around if it were ALL
serious discussions.  We DO have plenty of serious support, discussion, and
information.  When you get to know us better you'll be able to pick it out
easier.  Welcome.

LAnn <> wrote:
	In its broadest sense, codependency can be defined as an addiction
to people, behaviors, or things.  Codependency is the fallacy of trying to
control interior feelings by controlling people, things, and events on the
outside.  To the codependent, control or the lack of it is central to every
aspect of life.  ....  Codependents can be like vacuum cleaners gone wild,
drawing to themselves not just another person, but also chemicals (alcohol
or drugs, primarily) or things -- money, food, sexuality, work.  They
struggle relentlessly to fill the great emotional vacuum within themselves.
....  "There is something missing inside me."  (From the book "Love is a
Choice" by Drs. Robert Hemfelt, Frank Minirth and Paul Meier.)
	Editors note:  Ok, so this wasn't an "original" quote.  *I* liked
it anyway, and *I* get to chose what goes in this list.  You think this is
easy, then *you* make a list like this  .....  *sigh*  .....  sorry.  I
guess I am feeling a little frustrated today.

Patricia Walters <> wrote:
	I read postings that are crying out for help....and I want to
help...but I don't answer because I fear making things worse.  I wonder if
anyone else feels this way?

Bev Thornton <> wrote about another "regular" ASD poster:
	Some depressed people will go to great lengths to get people to
hate them in order to have the views they hold of their own self mirrored
in the views they see that others hold of that self.  It's like they want
their negative self-image supported.  I think that's what's happening here.
He's trying to get people on ASD to have the same view of himself as he
does.  It seems to me that when regular members of ASD suddenly appear to
become angry trolls, they only do it for awhile.  It sometimes happens when
they're in an active crash - one where they have the energy to do things.
So it can be a particularly dangerous time of short duration.  Maybe we
could put up with this one for awhile.  Gives us a chance to break through
the fog.

Mourning Dove <> wrote:
	I am becoming so frustrated by my reluctance to be more open, to
ask for what I need.  I have all of the "avoidant personality" traits that
someone else here wrote about recently.  It even affects me here.  Yet,
something in me longs to be different, so I remain here, making
oh-so-feeble attempts at interacting with others.  I'm struggling right much I want to express, but here I sit, immobilized......
	Someone recently spoke to me of taking "baby steps".  I guess I'll
just send this off, and consider it a baby step, while promising myself to
try again later.  mourning dove (in the pit, trying to give herself
permission to ask for support)

menahuny <> wrote:
	I'm scared of ASD even when you are welcoming.  I'm scared of you
when you are joking.  I'm intimidated by your signature files.  I'm scared
of your history.  I'm scared of your strength when you "out" yourself here;
make yourself vulnerable.  I'm scared of your strength to live through what
all of you have lived through.  I'm scared of the energized power you
maintain even as you work like a wave: like a sound wave with your general
ups and your general downs.  I'm scared of your power to complement one
another through your individual waves: your ability to come to the aid of
those who are down when you are up.
	For 2 months I've lurked now, and I'm still scared to post but I
need to.  I'm scared like all delurkers to bring my guard down and become
RAW.  I'm scared of being ignored and I'm scared of being picked apart and
I'm scared of being misunderstood here -even here- where right now I'm
putting myself out there to finally be understood by *you*, because no one
else can and if *you* can't, then I'm scared no one can.
	I'm scared because my past upsets me, as does my future, although I
can find no reason for either.  I'm scared because I feel that my everyday
actions are not me.  I take the GREs in 3 days and I can't even concentrate
on finishing this sentence.  I'm scared of so much deep inside but right
now I'm trying to focus on accomplishing this *one thing* and I'm failing
at it.  Is it possible to feel a need for a faceless entity that has
unknowingly shown its soul to you?  Do you realize your power?  Do *you*
know that by just connecting to one phrase that is spoken by *you*, I cry?
I am raw now.
marien <> wrote in response:
	What a great post.  I was so scared of posting that it took me
literally years.  At some point the need to connect overcame the fear, but
I'm still scared every time I send something.  I worry about being stupid,
boring, irrelevant.  That my writing is stiff and charmless.  Those are the
same fears that I have in my real life interactions, you know, always
thinking about if I said the right thing, revisiting conversations and
thinking about what I should have said differently, never totally certain
if people really like me, or if they just tolerate me, etc.  But, I'm glad
I started posting, it has really helped.  I don't quite feel at home yet,
but I'm really glad to have dared to delurk.  Welcome, and I hope you keep
KNAPPEE <> wrote in response:
	I was once standing where you are now.  Right on the edge.  I
lurked for 2 or 3 days and then I just jumped in, because if I hadn't, I
would have died.  I jumped without knowing if anyone would catch me.  But
they did.  And my life will never be the same.  Here, jump right here and I
will catch you in my scarred, battle weary arms.  You are truly among
friends here.  I loved your post.  You are very brave.

KNAPPEE <> wrote:
	I know I'm a very needy person and I know this is going to seem
like whining, but oh please, please, if you could just write me and tell me
I should hang on, I would so appreciate it.  I'm afraid to get offline, I'm
afraid to leave this room, I'm afraid to quit writing.  So please, if you
could just spare a word or two, it would help, I know it would.  I'm
praying it will, because this hurts so bad.  I'll just stay online and
write till I feel better.

Thingy <> wrote:
	My psych suggested that I read a book called "Learned Optimism"
between now and next week's appointment.  I don't know what to make of this
"positive thinking" stuff.  I appreciate that thinking "I'm a failure"
doesn't help matters (although I've not managed to stop thinking that yet),
but I don't think that I'd suddenly switch into a positive world view if I
started thinking "I'm an interesting and worthwhile human being".  My SO,
who has otherwise impeccable taste, keeps telling me that and I don't
believe her, so I can't imagine that I'm going to listen to someone like
myself who is so consistently wrong about things.

Lethe <> wrote:
	Time to quit lurking and say Hello.  I've learned to know and love
most of you.  I've watched you care for each other, support each other,
perhaps even save each other's lives.  I've watched in disbelief as you
grabbed at troll bait and then wondered why the barbed hook hurt so much.
I've seen love, frustration, and anger.  Also awe, confusion, humility, and
openhearted joy.  You are a light in my life.
	Editors Note:  There are 3 quotes from Lethe in this Sampler.  He
died on August 13th, 1998.  Only a couple of weeks after being diagnosed
with lung cancer.  He was 53.  I feel very sad.

Idisin <> wrote:
	How much of what is inside gets lost in the translation from me to
you?  How much do words confine, limit, express?  Am I OK?  No, but I play
the game well.  Lately, I've been slipping more often than not.  I'm scared
to death of getting older, growing colder, and adopting meaningless
distractions.  What happens when I can no longer reach inside and pull out
another reason to endure?  Is there release or merely compromise?  I'd like
to think that I didn't have to take pills to be all right.  They make you
think that you thought your way into this so now it is up to you to think
your way out.  But it's not about thinking.  It is about being lost in the
darkness, becoming the darkness, and therefore you are unable to decipher
the darkness that envelops you.  Please keep the steady hum of your words
moving around me because the silence threatens to overwhelm me.

Rain <> wrote:
	I've been debating about trying to become a part of this group
again.  I was here, briefly, last spring, but didn't seem to get much
response so I returned to lurk-mode.  In some ways, I desperately want to
belong to this group, because you all are a great group of people, and this
is a wonderful resource.  What concerns me about being a part of this group
is what I term a "culture" of depression that exists here.  On one hand, it
is a necessity for all of us to discover that there are others like us,
that we are not alone, and I can't begin to say just how much that has
changed my life.  But I wonder how much that "culture" reinforces the
depression?  As someone who has tried to live as "normal" a life as
possible under the circumstances (with mixed results), I am still trying to
determine what exactly "normal" is.  In ASD, I find that what is normal
here is not at all normal to the outside world.  It almost seems that to
fit in here, one can't be "normal" or show signs of feeling good (it seems
like it's in bad taste given all the suffering going on here) and that
strikes me as giving in to the depression in a way that I'm not sure is
good.  Does anybody else have any thoughts on this?

"tghgirl" <> wrote:
	I can't explain it.  I feel like I have just been torn, ripped
apart inside, and left for dead.  Did I leave myself like that?  I had a
session w/my Pdoc today.  She had gone on vacation for two weeks and I
didn't respond to the situation very appropriately.  I'd have to say I
crashed.  Hard.  I had to deal with that among the rest of me.  She's
really nice, and she doesn't play games (she calls it like it is - which is
good).  I feel like I have disappointed her and wasted her time dealing
with me.  <sob>  Why can't I get a grip on myself??  My boyfriend is with
his family until Saturday and I miss him.  I always seem to screw up my
life with no ones help - that's an accomplishment.  Now I have also
disappointed a couple of people that I really look up to for guidance,
approval, and wisdom on things I don't understand about myself.  Why do I
have to be such a LOOSER??  Why do I have to screw things up all the time??
<<sob>>  I just want to crawl under a rock and hide/die.  IT HURTS SO
TO DO  <<<sob>>>

Someone posted the following to ASD:
	I was trying to explain to my husband what goes on in my mind and
how I feel, and he came up with this story about a long lost friend who
always told him that you have to make the best of things and be happy with
what you got.  I really think he's missing the point when it comes to
depression and he doesn't understand, but then I start getting paranoid and
think it's just me and my screwed up mind.  I need some opinions here
Bev Thornton <> responded with:
	I think people say that because they see depression as a reactive,
situational state.  They can only compare it to things in their own
experience.  In normal experience moods are reactive to cues in the
environment.  In our state I think a lot of it is just internal misfiring
of neural systems involved in the experience of emotion and the process of
thought.  So it is something beyond the experience of most people.  A chaos
they cannot know.  The closest they could come would be a comparison to a
reactive state of sadness, something that it is best to make the best of.
But that is something very different from an experiential base of
overwhelming and undifferentiated, objectless and unreactive, sadness,
fear, anxiety, and despair.  What is that Christian saying?  "Forgive them
Father for they know not what they do."
John II <JHSII@IX.Netcom.Com> responded with:
	Comments such as these are generally made by people who don't have
a clue and, in my experience, want to avoid discussing the real problem.

Pink <> wrote:
	Am I the only one who get's a bit annoyed with the apparent ASD
in-group?  You know, the people who get like 20 replies to anything and
everything they post on this newsgroup.  The guys who seemed to be chased
by twenty ASD women.  The girls who seemd to be chased by twenty ASD men.
The people whose names are known to everyone who reads and posts here.  I'm
not blaming the "in" people for being "in".  But I do feel like saying this
to you:  -  How can you be depressed when you're so NOT alone?  How can you
be depressed when ten people say "I love you, and I'm here for you" every
time you open your mouth?  How can you be depressed when there are people
just lined up to listen to you?  How can you be depressed when you have so
many friends?  I'm sorry.  I know that you have a chemical illness (and
maybe a traumatic life), and of course all the stuff above doesn't matter
one bit in the end...but when I feel so alone and so unwanted all the time,
and I work so hard at all times to deal with that and not let it make me
depressed, I can't help but get angry at people who aren't alone and aren't
unwanted yet still can't find something to feel good about.  Still wishing
I were one of the popular kids.
Cyndi <> responded with:
	Maybe all newbies should have a sponsor.  Someone to help them get
noticed and set them firmly on the ASD path to recovery.

Holly <> wrote:
	I've been out of the hospital for a little over a month now and I
think I'm a long way from well.  I'm not as doped-up on psychotropics cuz
the pdoc cut down on my meds.  But I'm still so easily overwhelmed, and so
TIRED all the time.  I don't know if I'll ever reach my goal of being a
teacher -- it sounds silly, but I can't write this paper I need to for my
incomplete in political science.  I can't go to school full-time; how do I
ever manage to work full-time?  My bankruptcy is completed as far as what I
have to do.  I'm sick of trying to rebuild my life.  It is so never-ending.
And I hate myself for whining to ASD about it.  I know it could be worse
just from reading others' posts.  What right have I to complain?  Am I
always going to be alone?  A discouraged Holly.

Mik <> wrote:
	I sure could use some encouragement about now.  I finally forced
myself to try and get some help, and my first doctors appointment is
tomorrow morning.  I am so scared.  What do I say?  I feel like asking for
help is admitting that I can't take care of myself.  I should be able to
beat this stupid depression on my own like I beat all the other problems
that come up in my life.  I like it here because people know some of the
things that I'm feeling and they understand.  I feel like other people who
find out will think I'm just a loser or some sort of freak.  I used to feel
like I could accomplish so much in my life.  Now it's a miracle if I go
outside in the day time.  Sorry for rambling.  Guess thats what happens
when I finally let some emotion out.  I'm so used to having to pretend
there's nothing wrong so people will think I'm normal.  I'm tired of
pretending.  I just want this to go away.  Thanks for listening.

<> wrote:
	I have recently discovered a series of newsgroups each devoted to a
certain aspect of depression, such as treatment, crisis, etc.  Unlike this
newsgroup, which has degenerated into an absolute circus, they stick to the
topic, offer genuine caring advice relevant to the situation, they are
polite, do not flame, do not "clique" or have "personality cults/contests".
So far they have managed to avoid trolls.  I am not sure if they are
moderated, but they are far superior to the ignorance and idiocy that seems
to be all that is left of your once wonderful group.  For those of you
truly interested in support for your illness, give them a try.
mandisa <> responded with:
	I haven't been here in about a year and a half, but maybe that
allows me some objectivity in observation.  It hardly seems to me that this
group has "degenerated into a circus", nor that "ignorance and idiocy" are
all it has left to offer.  I, for one, have visited some of the other
groups mentioned, and though you are right that they do "stick to the
subject", they don't seem to get much traffic.  when I'm depressed, I might
have questions about meds, sure, but 9/10's of the time I want to talk
about how I started skipping classes again or that the only thing that
brings me any joy when I'm down is potato chips; I, like most of the people
here it would seem, want to talk about all the little nooks and crannies of
our lives into which depression has spread.  In a nutshell, it seems some
other depression news groups lack the very thing I most value about *this*
group -- they don't seem to have much soul.  For people just after some
clinical information, that may be ideal, and I'm glad such forums exist.
But it seems to me that ASD is beyond just a bulletin board support group,
and is something of a community.  Further, why does where one goes for help
on the 'net have to be exclusive to one place?  That seems
counter-productive, in fact -- different groups, as I've already said, have
different things to offer.  And finally, while everyone is entitled to
their opinion, you might keep in mind that it comes off as a little
self-defeating to be posting snide comments to a group you believe has too
much of that to begin with.
	Editors note:  There are no moderated usenet newsgroups related to
depression.  Other usenet newsgroups related to depression include:, the hierarchy (including asd,
asd.manic, asd.medication, asd.rapid-cycling, asd.rapid.cycling,
asd.recovery, asd.seasonal and asd.teens), and the
hierarchy (including ssd.crisis,, ssd.manic, ssd.misc,
ssd.seasonal, ssd.treatment).

Lisa <> wrote:
	Going nuts at work again.  Can't yell (unseemly and unprofessional)
can't cry (makes them send me home to "get better").  Just once I would
like to hear them actually *say* "we can express our frustration but you
cannot."  But no.  When I yell I am a major disturbance, and when they do
they are "letting off steam - nothing personal".  When I cry I am sick.  I
must need a better doctor, must be in crisis; "you don't see anyone else in
the office acting that way."  When they sent me home a few weeks ago I know
they wouldn't have been surprised if I'd never come back.  They thought I'd
cracked for good.  The doctor who has been treating me for two years didn't
think I was going down for the count; or she wouldn't have prescribed
anti-anxiety pills I could hurt myself with.  When someone tells you what
happens does not happen you have been erased.  If my boss would only say
that things have been very hard around here (in some context other than as
an excuse for being snippy with me) I would feel so much better.  But no, I
am not wronged, I am wrong.  Unless I say that, at which point everyone
tells me how much they "like" me.  What they might like about me I have no

LAnn <> wrote:
	ASD is like an open diary...Anyway, that's what it seems like to
me.  An open to the public window into tormented hurting people's honest
heartfelt stories from their own personal point of view.

denise <> wrote:
	All I can say is that I've been there, in that black hole with that
little dot of light getting smaller and smaller and me getting more and
more crazy and things starting to make sense that make no sense at all and
I have written so slowly that it takes an eternity to finish a sentence.
I've been there and I've done that and sometimes I go back to that place,
never willingly and always afraid that this will be the time that I will
take all the pills and not throw them up or this will be the time I get
into my car and have the guts to drive at 100 miles an hour into that tree
that looks so much like the answer to all my problems.  And I write.  I
write and write and fill white spaces with black letters and tell myself I
can't do those things because I have to finish writing this thing and I
have to smoke this cigarette and what I'm really doing is somehow hoping
that I will never be finished writing cause really, I don't want to die.  I
do but I don't.
	Yeah, I am heading that way again and I will sit at this computer
and I will smoke too much and I will say too much and I will write things
that "disturb" people and I will not feel any better but if I don't do
that, if I do what I want to do, I will cease to exist and is that really
an option?  Do I really want that to be an option?

Bluebird <> wrote:
	Tonight for the first time since I moved out, two of my children
are spending the night with me.  My ex has taken my older son camping with
the Boy Scouts, and my daughter and younger son are both sleeping as I sit
here typing, the bathroom light slightly augmenting the monitor's own
light.  My son is on the couch behind me; my daughter is in my bed.  I will
crawl in next to her in a few minutes.  It is peaceful here, with both of
them asleep.  But the peace hasn't moved into my heart.  I am in turmoil,
bereft, adrift.  I have lost all my anchors, and all my future hopes are
shrouded in fog.  I've lost my sense of direction, too, and that usually is
unfailing.  I can't even define what it is I've lost; I only know that I
need it and I want it, and it's not here, not in this quiet apartment where
the children sleep.  Where is it?  Is it in the phone call of a friend?
The e-mails we all exchange?  The little touches from other people that
help to keep me as whole and sane as I am?  They've all come in tonight,
and still I'm restless, edgy.  I have no one to dream of, no one to hope of
loving.  And that is hard, because it makes it damn near impossible to hope
at all.  It saps my sense of self-worth, makes me wonder if I imagined it
when I thought I was getting well.  I am here, I have my separation and my
new home, and yet I still find myself saying "I hate my life".  Will I ever
be complete, just in myself?  Or do I always have to derive my self-worth
from the admiration of others?

Twyla <> wrote:
	It's very confusing living in a world where everybody has a brain.

Nina <> responded to a "doesn't anyone here care?" type
of question with:
	Yes, it bothers me.  It also bothers me when people have problems
that I have no idea how to help with, or even what to say about.  When
people are miserable and looking for help and can't find it.  It bothers me
when people post here once, don't get the response they want, get pissed
off and leave.  It bothers me when people who don't know others in this
place leap to conclusions without knowing the history.  It bothers me when
people use this place to mindlessly abuse others.  It bothers me when
people come here wanting and needing something they can't find.  But the
fact of the matter is that I cannot fix any of those problems.  I can and
do attempt to do what I can.  I try to give support when I can and to be
tolerant of others and to try not to take some of the stupidity too
seriously.  This is a public forum.  This is an imperfect place.  If you
are looking for somewhere of absolute safety and support, this is not it.
I wish that it was, but it isn't, and it never will be.  Nonetheless, there
are a lot of good things going on here.   I can't give you the reassurance
that you would need to feel absolutely safe here, which, I assume, is still
what you're seeking in continuing to poke at this painful topic.  No one
can.  You have to take the rough with the smooth here, and if that isn't
acceptable, this may not be the place for you.  I hope you can find what
you're looking for, here or elsewhere.

CallieSue <> wrote:
	I can remember very clearly an incident that took place when I was
not quite 7 years old.  Remember as it had just happened although it's been
a lifetime ago.  I had just been placed in an orphanage by my grandparents
after my mother had abandoned me (and my brother and sister) about six
months before.  The case worker at the orphanage was trying to have a
meeting with me.  She was explaining how she was going to find me a new
home, but that she had to get to know me a little in order to find the
right people for me.  Next thing I knew I was sitting huddled in the chair,
arms wrapped around my legs, face shoved into my knees, my sweater pulled
up over my head, and me refusing to say a word or come out from under the
sweater.  The woman tried her best to get me to talk, but all she could get
me to say was "no one can know me anymore".  Finally I guess after she
realized she was getting nowhere, she said I could go if I told her why.
The answer she got was "When people know me they leave.  So they can't know
and maybe they will stay."  To this day I still hide.  No longer do I use
the sweater to hide behind, but more with portraying what others want me to
be or silence.  Never do I show my inner self.  That part of me died a long
time ago when I was left one time too many.

"Stuck in the 60s" responded to a troll-like comment with satire and said:
	Being depressed is no excuse for laziness.
Alan Harding <> responded without satire and said:
	Lazy is when we act depressed for the sheer pleasure of it.  Being
depressed is when we can't scrape up the energy needed to be lazy.

Lethe <> wrote:
	I hope this is clear to you now.  If you hurt and your hurt is
incomprehensible to someone else, then either it does not exist or it does
exist but you are an idiot for feeling it.  From now on before you have a
feeling check with another person (a real smart one is best) to make sure
that it is OK.

Lethe <> wrote:
	I've noticed that many posts here consist of analyzing another post
and then critisizing some aspect of that post, with the implication that
life would be better for all if people didn't do that.  Like I'm doing now.

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