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Keep rattling those chains. Tuesday May 12, 2015

Depression has beaten me to the ground more than once, and it will do it again. But each time I have raised up and fought back. It has beaten me some more but each time I have stood back up. Even when I have sat in the corner of this metaphorical boxing ring, tearing my hair, not knowing what to do, just wanting the fight to end, I have beaten it.
I have been on Moodscope for about two months now. It has seen dips in my mood that have left me confined to my flat, a prisoner of my mind. But again I have escaped from depression's chains.

The point of all this seemingly self-praising talk is to show that it is possible. So when you look at that long wobbly line of ups and downs, on Moodscope. No matter what your 'all time low' is. Whether you've had extreme highs and then sudden crashes in scores or whether your score has been consistently lower. Look at the line and see those points that are jutting above the rest. They may be high above the lowest scores, as you've stepped out of a depressed stage. Or they may simply be a few percent higher than the scores of your depressed times. No matter the difference, remember they are higher because you are fighting and change is happening. The score may have only jutted up for a day before sinking low again, but it is still you pulling against the chains of this depression.

So keep going, keep rattling those chains. They will weaken! And one day, they might just break.

A Moodscope member.

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Rupert Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 8:21am

Hi Stephen thanks for the blog - very sensible - just keep going or try to keep going and things will improve! Rupert

Julia Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 8:36am

I think the one thing that links (!) each of us here on Moodscope is our imaginations and our ability, like you Stephen, to visualise our struggles with powerful imagery, such a your chains. Now you mention it, I can see the effects of my depression as being prevented by some constraints to live life to the full and when I try to go out into that world feeling low, it's as if I am dragging heavy chains along with me. So rather a brilliant metaphor (not sure if this is the right word) Stephen. Blog on.

Bunnykins Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 9:38am

Thank you for that Stephen, Those chains must be getting weaker by now with all my rattling! x

Anonymous Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 10:18am

Hi Stephen, your chains will break (i love your imagery)....or at least become very fine chains that tinkle as opposed to the kind that rattle loudly. Your steely determination will make that happen, i am quite sure. We spend so much time 'dragging heavy chains along' (as Julia said) that it's amazing that we have other things going on at all. So the truth is that we are very strong people. Thanks for your blog. It really highlights the truth of it all. susan xx

Anonymous Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 10:52am

Hi Stephen, Keep plodding on things will get better

Anonymous Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 1:33pm

Hello Stephen, I'm rattling my chains alongside you all! You're right about scores...I need to concentrate on the higher ones and stop worrying over why I'm consistently sitting low. Thank you. Love from the room above the garage.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 3:38pm

Lovely post Stephen, full of hope and dogged detirmination. We depressives who struggle with our invisible chains every day are heroes. We need to remember that. If there were a provision for posting photos here then I would post a great one to show you what a hero you are. As I can't, just think of the mental muscles you are developing holding and breaking those chains. Glad Moodscope is helping!

Anonymous Tue, May 12th 2015 @ 5:11pm

Thank-you for sharing Stephen, and well done you!
Lovely, uplifting blog - please do so again.

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