In-between – Mania – Depression

In-Between – Mania – Major Depression

I have written some about In-between and Mania, this about major depression.  I didn’t know the clinical terms and definition back in the day, I just knew that sometimes I was bouncing off the walls, the lamp shade wearing, life of the party.  And, at other times I wanted to end the pain inside me.  Now that I better understand bipolar and major depression, I know that I suffered from both of them from my early teens to now.  I am in my 58.

When I was in my thirties I was so depressed at times, my psychiatrist wanted me to try vagus nerve stimulation.  He suggested it would break the cycle.  I don’t remember why I didn’t do it.  

Anyway, I would lay on the couch for hours, half watching the TV.  At other times I would go out riding my motorcycle by myself.  I had no joy or happiness during these times.  I was standing back watching myself exist.

The time between bouts of manic and major depression typically lasted for weeks, that said, with the right stimuli I could switch from one to other in a blink of an eye.  

Here are some things that can help you through bouts of major depression:

  • Find a hobby, something that makes you happy.
  • Hang around happy people.
  • Go out with your friends.
  • Go out and get drunk.
  • Smoke some dope.
  • Get some blow for your nose
  • Go fishing.
  • Go out walking in the woods.
  • Shoot some pictures and post them on Facebook.
  • Stop all social media.  You really don’t need it.
  • Go to church.
  • Pray more.
  • Have the elders of the church anoint you with oil and pray over you.  This one is biblical.  

This list is based solely on my experience.

The three posts for mental illness are short and without much detail.  I give you only an appetizer.  I’ll more at a later date.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them.  Keep in mind I am not a doctor and have not stayed in a Holiday Inn.  

All I can do for you is care about you, not judge you, pray for you, and love you.  That’s it.

Published by Kathleen Pielhop - Midwest Mama -Creator

I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

6 thoughts on “In-between – Mania – Depression

  1. You have a strong sense of humor even in times of despair. I like how you crossed off your listed items, as they didn’t work for you. I have a similar list and instead of being anointed, I go for a meditation session at my temple, take some magnesium or attend the spa for a mud bath. If I can’t get happy, I might as well detox. xo

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