63 years old and depressed

by Don
(South Florida)

I've always been asocial and subject to mood swings. When I was in college I had my first long-lasting period of negativity that took over a year to recover from. It was one of the worst times in my life in that I'd gone from a creative and productive lifestyle into a reclusive one filled with self loathing and a sense of inadequacy. I inherited from my parents a supercilious and egotistical nature made worse by a sense of snobbery. But I was always aware of the foolishness and error of my way of thinking. I just have never gotten along with others all of my life, partly due to my overly sensitive and artistic nature which has always been made even worse by my natural but hurtful failures and overly self critical mind.
Now I'm 63, and have been through 2 painful divorces and am left living alone in Florida with no sense of hopefulness or happiness at all. I'm not suicidal since I'm relatively healthy and can survive on the little I've inherited, but since my Dad died (2001) and I lost my business (2004) in which I designed custom furniture, I haven't been myself and will never regain that optimism I normally had. I don't even enjoy playing my electric keyboards anymore and have had no desire to write and record original music for 3 or 4 years.
I find myself up to my old tricks of destroying any relationship I have and despising people in general so now I'm left with only 2 or 3 friends who live 1000 miles away (up north) and my brother who has had 2 lung transplants and who doesn't want me to live with him and his wife since I probably would make his life even more difficult. Besides that, he's as supercilious as I am, although he suffers no depression and seems to be quite happy with his wife in the suburbs of New York.
That's not to say that I don't every now and then swing back into feeling nice, especially since the weather is so lovely here, but I never find anyone who's company I enjoy and I don't enjoy exercise or travel anymore. My days and nights are only filled with reading, researching banal matters on the internet, and watching satellite T.V., all of which don't offer me much more than just the passage of time.
Since I've always been self-absorbed and reclusive, it's not a prison sentence and I actually feel more fortunate than most others in that I'm virtually free of the worries I once had. But nothing new ever seems to happen, and as I get older I feel a little less able to cope every day. I pray reincarnation is a myth so I don't have to relive the inevitable end as well as the intermediate pains of life.
I once was on anti-depressants but they never worked for me and they seemed to make things slightly worse in the end. I don't trust or like seeing doctors or psychiatrists and don't want to become dependent on medicines to correct things, and I have little faith in them, to boot.
Not only that, but since I only go out to eat and buy necessities I rarely meet anybody new and I don't enjoy social gatherings and have always detested parties. I'm virtually dependent upon happenstance to bring any change in my life and am incapable of creating anything new at all in my life. Although I'm able to deal with all this, I feel there's very little left other than decreasing health and deterioration of my attractiveness to women. Not only that but I only enjoy the company of women that are at least 20 years younger than I am unless their beauty is way out of my league.
Naturally, I know I should force myself to socialize and exercise and think more positively, but I'm so self absorbed and negative in my outlook it just isn't in the cards for me to maintain any new friendships I find myself occasionally acquiring. I'm far too critical both of others and of myself for any change in the way I've always been. My mother was the same way and although she was extremely intelligent, her asocial personality never brought her any genuine happiness. The thought of living out 20 more years of this, only to lose the few relations I still have seems horrible, but I would never hurt myself. I want to help myself, not make things even worse.
But life holds no new surprises for me, especially since I've failed at every single relationship I've ever had and I don't really believe I should depend on that to bring me fulfillment or joy. I feel people, myself included, are for the most part selfish and uninteresting, particularly since my tastes are esoteric and unusual. I feel my depression is actually quite commonplace, but that doesn't mitigate the pain. Even when I understand the errors of my thinking, I'm incapable of altering my mindset. I realize that even had I been famous and popular, I still would be this way, even worse since I would be open to public criticism and personal attacks, so I have no regrets that I was never a commercial success.
When I was writing and recording original music or creating custom furniture and artwork for my customers, I was happily content, merely for the sense of self satisfaction. I enjoyed listening to my CD's of my music for years, just for personal enjoyment and don't care much if others enjoy them the same as I do. In fact I dislike the ego rush I feel when someone compliments me, since I know it's artificial and unproductive. So what it boils down to is I'm stuck in a rut and every path I pursue leads to the some dead end. It's a pity since when I was younger I was filled with optimism and joy from learning anything new. I find myself reading the tail end of most biographies to see how others lived out their last years, and I'm actually pleased when I see the failures and declines of famous successful people, just to know I'm not alone in my depressive and miserable state. I don't know how to jump into a new life and in all honesty, I don't feel there's very much enjoyment left for me in my remaining years, even if I'm not a drunk or a libertine.
However in the back of my mind I find a faint sense of hopefulness that I'll meet someone whose company I can enjoy and can afford me some sense of companionship or even better, love. But then I look back at how my self-destructive nature has a way of always collapsing anything I develop and try to nurture due to my unpleasant and overly critical demeanor. If all this sounds awful, you've grasped the situation entirely. But such is life, and to expect an unreal purely positive condition is misleading and foolish. dddifferentdifferentdifferentdifferent.differentis misnButag somewhere in my future, although I know everyone's life ends in nothing more than death and decline and that's a miserable prospect, indeed.

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Sep 25, 2016
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I think I know just how you feel, if that's possible... NEW
by: Hopeless in the woods

Your story sounds so familiar except that I left Florida in May and have been traveling around the country living in a van. I find hope and happiness for short periods in new environments only to find myself back in despair and unhappiness when the newness fades away. I bought a small home in the mountains out west (on a whim) because it is a pretty nice area and I was tired of traveling but 2 months later, I'm wondering what is wrong with me... I thought dating might help but only find more unhappiness when I meet women and realize that I would rather be alone than work at a relationship that will most likely end in failure anyway. I wake up in the morning feeling energetic and positive but by days end I am depressed and just want to go to sleep and not wake up. Thanks for reading.

Aug 01, 2016
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Already Dead NEW
by: Zeke

I'm a 62 yo male. A near fatal heart attack on the job ( police ), ended my 30 year career. Married 30 plus years to a very sweet and smart woman. Met her when she was 17. Always true blue until my best friend died of a horrible cancer. Friends since we were 12. We were partnered on the job. I came apatransfer..and got close to his widow. I fell from grace. I had actually disliked this woman in the past. My wife and this same female attended the same high school, and detested each other. I totally ceased up. Completely stopped any contact with the widow. My wife totally fell apart. Multiple marriage counsellors, and our priest. We tried separation twice ( even though i didn't want to ). Nothing helped my wife. She divorced me. I deserved it. Not interested in any other woman. Just miss my wife. But, I don't bug her. My two kids remained with me full time ( they are at odds with their mother for splitting ). I tell them I still love their mom, but she had to do what made her healthy. Yes Im depressed and anxious, and lonely. And without hope, energy, or the will to live. Forget church or priest. Hypocrites and pervs. Forget medical care. I know the process! I used to be the one taking such sorry souls for involuntary psych admission. Few ever got out; and the ones that did had nothing left. No one. Except a rope. I know. Seen the damage done. So, I'm not asking for answers, nor prayers, nor making excuses. When there's nothing left, and your used up, and the will is long gone; Im done here. I was already dead anyway. Not going to be one of those poor fools waiting for what? See ya.

Aug 01, 2016
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Already Dead NEW
by: Zeke

I'm a 62 yo male. A near fatal heart attack on the job ( police ), ended my 30 year career. Married 30 plus years to a very sweet and smart woman. Met her when she was 17. Always true blue until my best friend died of a horrible cancer. Friends since we were 12. We were partnered on the job. I came apatransfer..and got close to his widow. I fell from grace. I had actually disliked this woman in the past. My wife and this same female attended the same high school, and detested each other. I totally ceased up. Completely stopped any contact with the widow. My wife totally fell apart. Multiple marriage counsellors, and our priest. We tried separation twice ( even though i didn't want to ). Nothing helped my wife. She divorced me. I deserved it. Not interested in any other woman. Just miss my wife. But, I don't bug her. My two kids remained with me full time ( they are at odds with their mother for splitting ). I tell them I still love their mom, but she had to do what made her healthy. Yes Im depressed and anxious, and lonely. And without hope, energy, or the will to live. Forget church or priest. Hypocrites and pervs. Forget medical care. I know the process! I used to be the one taking such sorry souls for involuntary psych admission. Few ever got out; and the ones that did had nothing left. No one. Except a rope. I know. Seen the damage done. So, I'm not asking for answers, nor prayers, nor making excuses. When there's nothing left, and your used up, and the will is long gone; Im done here. I was already dead anyway. Not going to be one of those poor fools waiting for what? See ya.

Jun 09, 2016
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You are doing everything wrong NEW
by: Rob Q.

You wont like hearing this. I am 63 in 2016. I fall into depressions and ruts from time to time. I surf the net looking for inspiration and information to help me get out of the rut.

I have battled depression since my youth. I know the answer is to get up and get moving.

I also make music. I need to record and release an album.

This week we had a tropical storm in Florida so I haven't been able to play soccer. I usually play 3 to 5 times a week.

I haven't been to the gym all week.

I have been laying around dreaming. It feels good when I am doing it but it leads to depression and lethargy.

I got to get up and get moving.

So do you.

Just reading how your doing everything wrong everything that leads to depression inspires me to get up and move.

I am going to the gym now. I am going to play soccer tonight and I am going to work on some music in between.

May 27, 2016
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Here's help for some
by: Anonymous

Hi, this is what has worked for me in the past . Our thoughts can make us have low chemicals or off set them and we think our depression came first and then we started thinking depressing thoughts , but it's the other way around most of the time . We have something go wrong in our life and then we start thinking our bad thoughts about the situation and then it turns into depression . So you have to override the bad thoughts with good thoughts . It really doesn't take that long if you stay on it . Example : if you have a thought like " my life is horrible and it will probally even get worse . Stop the thought as fast as you can and say to yourself, " this won't last long because nothing is forever and I can see good things ahead for me and then think of all the good things that could happen . Something good could be right around the corner and it could happen when the depression leaves . And prayer does work if you have faith .

Nov 19, 2015
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61 and depressed?
by: Anonymous

I am 61. Living to 61 and waking up every morning is something to be grateful for. Many didn't get this amazing gift. I'm not trying to be mean or insensitive, but get over yourself. Try reaching out and being kind. It certainly isn't going to hurt you. When you help and are kind to others, it gives you a sense of purpose and helps you to feel good about yourself. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, your problems won't seem important after that. Put yourself aside, you 'll be much happier. Just my thoughts. I see this is an old blog, but glad I ran across it, there's always something to be grateful for.

Nov 01, 2015
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All so alone
by: Anonymous

I'm 63 and spectacularly depressed. Having gone for a blood test recently, the doctor told me I was in amazingly good shape for me age, gave me some testosterone and B12 as a boost and told me not to worry so much. Unfortunately I am also quite attractive to women and very sympathetic, always lending an ear and fixing broken wings of those traumatized by husbands or jobs. I recently met a beautiful woman 30 years my junior and we fell in love almost immediately, although I know not why. She was married but going through a painful divorce and emotionally unavailable when push came to shove. Our relationship blossomed, to the point where we became the perfect compatible match, or so I was informed, sharing each others lives on a part time basis, on social media, and the occasional romp in the hay at discreet locations. My ability to destroy the very things I love came to the fore, I damaged even further an already damaged woman, in the prime of her life, why does this Universe fuck with us so much? Is there no end to this madness looking for happiness where there is no such thing, only confusion, unintentional pain hatred and death? I am absolutely convinced that being a "good person" is a fukking waste of time and of a life, be as selfish as you can, grasp whatever you can for your own gratification, and fuck everyone else because that's exactly what they are trying to do to you without realizing it.

Nov 01, 2015
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All so alone
by: Anonymous

I'm 63 and spectacularly depressed. Having gone for a blood test recently, the doctor told me I was in amazingly good shape for me age, gave me some testosterone and B12 as a boost and told me not to worry so much. Unfortunately I am also quite attractive to women and very sympathetic, always lending an ear and fixing broken wings of those traumatized by husbands or jobs. I recently met a beautiful woman 30 years my junior and we fell in love almost immediately, although I know not why. She was married but going through a painful divorce and emotionally unavailable when push came to shove. Our relationship blossomed, to the point where we became the perfect compatible match, or so I was informed, sharing each others lives on a part time basis, on social media, and the occasional romp in the hay at discreet locations. My ability to destroy the very things I love came to the fore, I damaged even further an already damaged woman, in the prime of her life, why does this Universe fuck with us so much? Is there no end to this madness looking for happiness where there is no such thing, only confusion, unintentional pain hatred and death? I am absolutely convinced that being a "good person" is a fukking waste of time and of a life, be as selfish as youcan, grasp whatever you can for your own gratification, and fuck everyone else because that's exactly what they are trying to do to yoy without realizing it.

Oct 29, 2015
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old and depressed
by: Anonymous

Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it's truly informative. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!



Oct 15, 2015
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63 years old
by: Anonymous

The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.


Jul 25, 2015
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How to function well despite depression, and how to beat depression
by: Anonymous

My recommendation is to participate in Recovery International meetings. Back in 1937 Abraham Low MD was not seeing any gains in his patients using psychoanalytic therapy. He created a system of cognitive and behavior therapy, his most important work being Mental Health through will Training. His program is still very effective.
Look up Recovery International on the web. Find a meeting close by, or an internet meeting if there are no meetings near you. Try about 10 sessions to know if it helps you. The group sessions are free. They ask for a $5.00 donation per meeting but will accept whatever you want to give. It is by far the most powerful system I know to improve your mental health. I know after reading this you will say your situation is different that no one can help you. That is your depression speaking. Go to meetings, read the literature, and slowly you will learn how to fight your depression and learn to love life again. Good luck!

Jun 25, 2015
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There is Hope
by: Anonymous

I believe age certainly has something to do with the feelings of loneliness and feeling depressed. I'm 61 years now and tLw (the Lord willing) will be 62 in July. I, like most of you good folks, had a typically fun-filled, constructive life when we were younger. And if we did have a bad hair day (depressed, lonely, etc.) we just got over it. But since getting older (late 50s+), life seems to have lose something and I'm still trying to figure out why. I know for me it started with the "empty-nest" syndrome which is real and leaves a loneliness that is difficult to describe. Then it was going back to school which I loved, but now I'm in debt which I try not to think about (maybe it will go away, right). Then there is not having a job after all that schooling. The Big one is having too much time on my hands and I end up thinking about all the bad decisions and choices I've made over the years. It's an endless cycle. What helps me is reading the Bible, probably the only time I don't have the thoughts. I believe there is hope for all of us. I believe true joy can be found regardless of age if we stop thinking of ourselves and concentrate on helping others (I know easier said that done). The truth is, if we have a roof over our head and food to eat, we are better off than most people in this world. I hope for good things for all. Thanks for listening.

Apr 14, 2015
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your story is my story
by: Anonymous

Hi! All
I'm 67 have had depression since 1970's.
MY hair fell out 5 years ago from stress at work.
I am in pain from a car accident 16 years ago.
Have great friends but they don't know how to help. Need to word but I can't stand or sit for long periods of time.
WHAT DO WE DO? As I reread this I hear how negative it sounds.
What do we do?

Mar 10, 2015
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61 and depressed
by: Anonymous

I have a woman who is dying of cancer who lives in another state. Drinking now to deal with depression. Loosing home to foreclosure. waiting to die. Please if there is any one who can give me some kindness at all......................Help I am so depressed I am drinking right now to the point of sickness. I have very few if any real friends. I feel like I am already dead inside, but still trying hard to hold on to faith. If I dont get help soon I may be dead due to overdose or whatever. I am 61 year old male. Been through so much B.S. in my life I feel there is nothing left. Drunk on my ass now and wishing I was dead. God bless anyone with compassion enough to help me.... Tried therapy. Faith is failing........Not sure what is left for me.................Still a good man.....

Aug 05, 2014
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i'm in the same boat i think
by: jdleet

i also have bouts of depression,been singlefor centuries because no woman wants to date a man that's totally disabled by an invisible illness called bipolar and only makes no more income than the $77,monthly disability check.been disabled & on this income since 1981.i'm almost 60 years old.have become very set in my ways,not willing to take on new interests and the ones i have are also not the mainstream norm for people my age..i'm in to 80's and some 90's music videos and have collection of a couple thousand at least.i also like some current symphonic metal like amberian dawn xandria and tarja..and i love movies..horror comedy action everything..but like you, i'm a homebody.i don't desire the party scene or the bong crowd.i'm happy to sit at home where i'm comfortable and watch stuff on my 42 inch hdtv and surround sound.you didn't mention your article something i'm curious about..i've always prefered to have one 'best' friend as opposed to having a group of 'good' friends.this has led partly to my being so lonely..i wondered as i read your story if you are the same way about having friends in your life.when you've had an exceptionally close bond ,had a best friend relationship(platonic not gay) with a another man for many years many years(nearly the same exact interests in movies,music,philosophy,women,etc) and suddenly he's off and married and busy with family..well..it becomes a lonesome world really fast.i was 50 when he moved away and by that age it's impossible to regain a close bond like that with someone else,as it takes years to form that kind of a bond.as a 50 year old man,who was i going to bond with for the next 10 or 15 years?i'm 59 now..and i haven't found a best friend yet!everybody's too busy.people aren't out there looking for best friends.just bowling buddies for the weekend(so to speak)..that really sucks

Jul 14, 2014
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ditto
by: Anonymous=stu

I am 63 years old lost my only sibling 6 months ago
Have a lovely wife who i love to bits go to the gym four times a week play golf and am reasonably fit.

sooo why do i feel so bloody lousy since my sister died feel on my own wife has still got her M&D and 5 brothers and one sister .

have realised if she went no one left why do i feel angry and lonely every day i think of suicide was fine before my sister died.

My wife I feel will leave me as i am a total pain

I would fully understand if she did in fact iwould not blame her.

I seem to wallow in self pity

lost my sense of humour


I am a total prick and just want to stay on my own why?

May 09, 2014
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almost a carbon copy!
by: Anonymous

My mother who was married 40+ years told me after a break up "You think I'm not alone because I'm married. I've alays been alone." It was sad.

In my own case, 61 never married tho engaged twice. Both were running around with married men.

Get sick of being hurt.

In my own case, they all liked me from day 1 and spend all the rest of the time trying to change me.

Sadly, you gotta love yourself. I had a brother die in car accident when I was 8. I know I never recoved from that, add mother, a sister dying from cancer at 41, and my dad with Alzheimers the last years of his life.

END OF FAMILY.

Still, I have hobbies, travel, go to church, etc.
Married (some) have drugged up kids, daughters pregnant at 15, high school dropouts, etc. What did I miss?

10 people get married. 6 get divorced, 2 more are unfaithful and one is unhappy and one of the original ten is still happy.

Horrible odds.

Still, we'll be ok.

Apr 08, 2014
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sad
by: Anonymous

that was so sad and i feel the same way. BUT I have a great husband and friends but still am so depressed.

I have a sign posted on the wall that says,
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
I look at that and sometimes it helps....
sometimes.

Jan 18, 2014
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Ouch
by: Anonymous

I am working on 63 years old in July 2014, I am so depressed that it takes at least half a day to function on a minimal. I am on paxil for anger issues but it is not taking care of my depression. I am not able to call my two children for they want me to completely change my life and I cannot do this at this time. I am an alcoholic, and smoke at least 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day. I worry about my children and all people around me, I feel I have to help all. I have strong health issues and it is hard for me to go see about them, because it takes away money for me to help people so I ignore my problems. These issues are becoming worse and I am on disability with a strict financial responsibility each month. I have tried, medication, rehab, hypnosis and still am who I am. Honestly do not like who I am, HELP

Nov 07, 2013
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Enjoy Life!
by: Anonymous

There is much life after physical human death on earth. Enjoy the time you have left!

Aug 20, 2013
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ditto
by: Anonymous

same age, same feelings. same circumstances. i am a musician too, but no longer get any pleasure from it. I have tried often to hook up with other musicians in the last few years but nothing ever works. just like with women. i have stopped trying anything. i have been wishing my life would just end, especially if nothing new is going to come along.

Mar 01, 2013
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The eternal dilemma
by: Anonymous

I can relate very much to what you say. Loneliness and lovelessness are aweful places to be. And yes...all we actually have is now. I'm 61 and trying to mend a relationship that could have been beautiful for the past 30 years if I had not have screwed it up by being insensitive, selfish, immature and way too serious. In addition having an unrealistic view of my own virtues and talents made matters worse. Ageing is something we all hate if we're honest. The way I see it though is that if we can realise something, even very late in the day, and at least try to end one's final years in love rather than lonely and out of love then it is worth the work needed to turn around a screwed-up life. I am very fortunate in that my wife didn't leave me though she had every reason to. It has taken me a very long time to realise that people and relationships are the most important aspect of life and to try hard to cultivate friendship and love is always necessary at all ages. At 63, there is probably still time to grab some happiness. Good Luck.

Jul 31, 2012
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I'm 20. But, I can relate to most of what you said.
by: Anonymous

I feel isolated. I also am overly critical and unpleasant and tend to ruin relationships (QUICKLY). I inherited egotism and narcissism from my parents. I'm cynical and tend to focus on negative things. I feel like life is lonely and that I'm a slave to cravings and longings that will either harm me or I can't fulfill. I'm very depressed often times, and I don't find parties enjoyable. Many people I just don't know how to converse with because I don't have the energy, or I don't have interest in the topics they like to discuss (I.E. their air conditioner broke; something that I can't advise them about, be happy or sad over, or excited about in any way). Anyways, I'm really sorry that you feel that way. I may not be 60, but I know the inner turmoil can be painful and I truely do feel sad that you're going through this. I'd like to offer you and internet hug <3 I hope you don't give up trying to feel better. As just a tip, people of faith tend to be happier. Christianity offers hope and joy for people who can't stand this life.

Wishing you peace and relief.
-Anonymous kid...hehe

Mar 06, 2011
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REMAINING YEARS
by: Anonymous

your remaining years?? The problem is you are talking about yourself as if you are already dead.
No one has remaining years. There are plenty of people in the grave half your age.None of us have remaining years.. We have today ..

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