10 posts tagged with hope by Anonymous.
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not technically depressed but is this as good as it gets?

I believe that popular wisdom holds that contentment or real inner peace is the goal for those who have been depressed and who have pulled out of the hole. But what about people who have been unhappy since childhood, for example. One popularly cited data point for whether someone has diagosable depression is they lose interest in what they've loved doing, and this notion assumes that they've had a chance to develop hobbies or friendships at some point until they became depressed. So short of having had hobbies or friends to return to, at what point do people "stop being depressed"? (I know that there are manuals that professionals use to tally up symptoms, but I am asking not about technical definitions of depressed versus not; I'm asking about the experience. Has anyone experienced a bright line shift in their thinking?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Getting back together and breaking the yo-yo cycle

A while ago, my ex ended what had been a yo-yo relationship (on and off and on and off again) for 1.5 years. Now we are in different states and he wants to reconcile. Can this work? Has anyone done this and gone on to have a happy, healthy relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 34 answers

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill.

How to maintain hope that I will find someone to be in a committed relationship in the face of what feels like overwhelming odds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 - 21 answers

How to engage with the world again after a difficult start in life

How to increase my confidence, engagement, risk-taking, and openness in the world... I feel like a phrase I read once: "she had all of her emotional widgets broken off one by one". (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

You say Goodbye, I say Hello

The aughts were the worst decade (I hope) of my life. How can I say "fuck you" to them and welcome the next 10 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2009 - 33 answers


i am almost 30 and I have no future! help me convince myself I am wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 - 32 answers

Pulling the Fat out of the Fire

I have fucked up yet another academic semester. This is the third time--I fucked up as a freshman, took time off, came back, fucked up again, took more time off, and came back and have repeated the cycle. Only now, now that I've realized I've shot myself in the foot again, I desperately want to recover my academic career somehow. Is it possible? Is it over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 - 34 answers

She might leave for a job for good. How do I enjoy the month until I find out?

She might be leaving for good in one month, or not leaving at all. We find out in one month. How do I not ruin the next month for myself and her by being miserable about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Teaching the Non-Rational Part of Yourself that Risk Isn't Always Pain?

How do you convince a part of your brain that seems unaccessible by cognitive function, yet holds beliefs that are affecting your life poorly? The combination of two such "unalterable" opinions has me currently locked into a course that will exacerbate, not solve, some very long-lasting problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 29 answers

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