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Re: Planning & Choice?

Posted by dj on September 21, 1999, at 17:32:12

In reply to Re: Depression or Anxiety? I wish it were a choice., posted by Bob on September 21, 1999, at 8:37:45


I share your challenges with planning, primarily because I often have a black view of my future and past , though in many ways the latter wasn't so bad when I wasn't depressed and/or anxious in my own private hell. It's also because I have an aversion to my current choices and disbelief in my abilities and options though others see me much less bleakly. Learned helplessness?? To some degree I think so... The question is how does one move beyond it and I would be grateful if there are others who have struggled with this and found a way ahead and through the maze, beyond the one day, one minute at a time approach to life...and pharmaceutical overload...



> It doesn't seem to be a choice for me. Yesterday was a good example, very much along the lines of how Sean feels.
> I've been going through a phase for the last five days or so when I've just been mentally scattered. Yesterday being Monday and Yom Kippur (with my boss out of the office), I set out to reorganize my projects -- define tasks, set priorities, that sort of stuff. I couldn't do it....
> This could all be some learned helplessness response to some (un)addressed learning disability, but my gut tells me that the anxiety would still be there even if I had appropriate cognitive strategies for dealing with this sort of task.
> Bob




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