I just read about "shopping" and "eating" being the biggest "side effects" of minor onset depression....

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I just read about "shopping" and "eating" being the biggest "side effects" of minor onset depression....

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...which is more common, and do you do either one?

If I am feeling down, I tend to......
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edeneve , BlackOrchid , Taylor , The Ink-Stained Feminist , Trixxxy , wrecklesswords , SexScienceAndFood , stewankimi , Rhazya
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edeneve , Taylor , Oriental husband and wife , Trixxxy , wrecklesswords , apple4me , stewankimi , Rhazya
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Wicked Wahine , js250 , RebelSentry , tiny princey , Akira
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edeneve , js250 , The Ink-Stained Feminist , KyotoAngel , Lavender*Moon , RonLee , SexScienceAndFood , U3H , apple4me , stewankimi , Rhazya
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Total votes: 33 (20 voters)
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May 9, 5:34 pm
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edeneve edeneve
I've done so many unhealthy things when depressed including overeating, shopping, & certain risk taking behaviors.
May 11, 10:37 pm
js250 js250
The only shopping I get a rush on is dirtbikes....and that is an old one that I make money on.

The depression that has set in since my hubby died has only been satisfied by my solitary time or driving. I really have become seriously into driving...backroads, mountains, freeways, roadtrips, etc. And all solitary with both happy songs or sad, heartbreaking songs. No in-between. I just need to drive. (My version of running away, maybe. Does it help--yeah, most of the time.)
May 19, 6:26 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by js250
The only shopping I get a rush on is dirtbikes....and that is an old one that I make money on.

The depression that has set in since my hubby died has only been satisfied by my solitary time or driving. I really have become seriously into ...
There is something very soothing and automatic about driving. You can just think, or suspend all thought and just be. If you turn your phone ringer off, you are not bothered by intrusions and your time by yourself is practically guaranteed. You can go on and on with no interruptions and just get lost in it and whatever mood you're in. Have you ever been in a car and just didn't want to arrive at your destination? You just want to keep going because it was so zen and perfect right then? I remember feeling that way several times. Especially at night, I find it like a cocoon and the music really sets the mood as well. I love belting out along with, crying to whatever I have cranked up. Music really touches me. Of course, there is also the option to just keep going and leaving everything behind, but I never had anything I'd really want to leave behind like you do. Still, I can see the appeal and the testing your options aspect of it, even though you ultimately don't run. When you're driving, it's always a possibility that you could just keep going. I think knowing the option is there and accessible is sometimes all we need to reassure ourselves. Good grief, listen to me! Of course I have no experience with something as terrible as what you're dealing with, so please don't think I'm pretending to know what that's like! I do relate to the driving though, if only in a more shallow way.
May 20, 4:04 am
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
Well I misclicked on my voting, as I meant to click on "shop" instead of eat. Depression tends to make me lose my appetite. I definitely use shopping as a pick me up. My splurges are minor, though like a new body product, makeup or earrings. Thank goodness I don't have a taste for designer shoes or bags! A little inexpensive thing is all I need.
May 20, 9:09 am
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
This really depends on how bad the depression is, but in a particularly bad day...if we're not going anywhere I tend to want to just sleep all day.
I remember when I first got off the meds they had me on in the hospital, I finally felt how bad the pain from the depression was for the first time in forever.

It felt like every inch of my body had been hit with a truck or something...it ached everywhere and I didn't want to move or do anything, and I definitely didn't want to eat.
I guess when you deal with it for long enough, you stop noticing how bad it really is. It becomes easier to just start feeling like that's what "normal" is for you.

I notice that when I get really depressed, I lose my appetite pretty much entirely and have to choke down -something- just to get my mother to stop worrying for a while. There's been weeks at a time where I have no desire to eat at all, to the point where even my boyfriend started to worry (he's not here, so he doesn't have a chance to see how little I eat when I get like that.).

But if my mother or I are going out somewhere, we extend the shopping portions to a few hours at a time just to get away from all the stress and negativity in the house...we don't really buy much, but it's so nice to just stop having to think about all the bad things for a while.
May 25, 9:47 pm
Lavender*Moon Lavender*Moon
Generally, I eat a lot or not at all. If I know I have the extra funds, I'll go shopping or gamble (scratch-offs are a particular favorite). Sleeping is another one that tops the list. Going to the shooting range has become a new favorite when I'm down.
Jun 1, 11:49 am
RonLee RonLee
Depression has more often gotten ahold of me during periods of extreme financial stress. So not only was shopping out of the question but buying food was a struggle. And yes I usually lost quite a bit of weight... LOL
Jun 2, 2:47 pm
Trixxxy Trixxxy
I do BOTH ): But mostly eat because Im stoned and dont know what else to do
Jul 4, 8:16 pm
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I definitely will do both. But when I shop, I shop for BARGAINS, and by that I mean, I look for items under $7 on amazon and will shop like crazy to make myself feel like I'm getting a really great deal, and most of the time I am, but it doesn't make that habit an okay one.

And eating is a bad one, one that this week, I am actually working very hard on trying to overcome by helping my body create more natural dopamine (pleasure/reward center of brain type deal) so that I can stop snacking so much. So, now I am trying to walk/jog every morning for at least 1-2 miles, and have been eating more bananas and almonds which help the body to make that dopamine.
Jul 9, 12:35 pm
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
I definitely will do both. But when I shop, I shop for BARGAINS, and by that I mean, I look for items under $7 on amazon and will shop like crazy to make myself feel like I'm getting a really great deal, and most of the time I am, but it ...
Good for you! You certainly have approached this intelligently and it looks like you are doing all you can to set yourself up for "success". I didn't know about the banana and almond thing and I will look into that, thanks! One thing I have discovered about here is that there are always people who understand more than you'd expect about whatever one is going through (even if it's not the exact same circumstance). I think the Internet and the anonymity of it play a large role in why people seem more willing to talk about these things, let alone about sex, too. I am glad to see you around, even if only for a bit here and there!
Jul 9, 2:42 pm
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Good for you! You certainly have approached this intelligently and it looks like you are doing all you can to set yourself up for "success". I didn't know about the banana and almond thing and I will look into that, thanks! One thing I ...
I have to agree with you on that. I'm more willing to put my feelings on a Facebook status than I am to a person in front of me. Especially when it comes to my parents.
Jul 9, 2:59 pm
SexScienceAndFood SexScienceAndFood
eat and spend too much time on the internet/games. I do that now, just ...more if depressed
Jul 9, 3:07 pm
apple4me apple4me
I just sleep the day away.
Jul 21, 12:31 am
Rhazya Rhazya
Eating is a big sign of my depression. I'm an emotional eater. Well my life sucks and I have no control over much of anything-at least I can steal eat (insert whatever foods here). I wouldn't weigh nearly as much as I do if I wasn't an emotional eater.

I try to shop to avoid my depression too, but it ends up being more depressing because I have to A: just window shop as I have hardly any money per month (way to long to get into in this post) B: Settle for something vastly inferior because I can't afford to get what I really want/need. Sometimes I'll end up saying to heck with it, and blow money on something stupid, just to pretend to have the pleasure of spending again.. but then it ends up depressing me further-as I could have tried saving money and didn't.

I do like sleeping, wish I could spend more time sleeping as dreamland is much nicer than the reality.
Jul 21, 12:33 pm
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