What derails me is taking my eyes off the goal and letting the pain take over. This pain will pass.. even the deep emotional sadness... it can't last forever. It never does... I have to reinforce that belief with myself daily... I'm worth it though!!!
I have what my doctor calls situational depression... which I suspect many of us have. I have only taken medication for it once in my life, for about a year and a half. It evened me out but truthfully I just never really felt... I weaned myself off them over a year ago (my doctor knows).
I believe this is a personal decision for each person and their doctor. It's what works for me... I need to feel real and alive. Otherwise it's all futile. I know I can be up and down and when I'm down I find it hard to see the good but I always find my way through... If I didn't or couldn't I would see my doctor immediately.
What helps me more than anything is writing and reading what other people are going through... the majority of you inspire me with your candidacy and open honesty. We are all struggling and it feels so good to have other people who understand. Reading what other people are going through, helps me keep my eye on the goal.
I cherish my past, I accept my present and I dream for my future ♥