Matt's answers...

1. Think of the top 3 people you see most often during the week. Are they positive people or pessimistic people? Do they give you a glimpse of hope and joy or do they squash it all?

Supportive & Pessimistic

2. Where do you want to see yourself after being depression free? What do you want to be doing with your life?

Working happily with financial independence in a relationship with a loving woman.

3. As you think about your depression, what do you think it may be teaching you about yourself?

That I have made poor lifestyle choices, I have learned from my impulsive and compulsive behaviour. That I never cared about the future only living for the day and the tomorrow.

4. What or who makes you angry?

Not having set myself up for a definite career path, not knowing that I have a financially independent future, knowing I carried so much self hate that I abused myself to the point of being obese and that I was ok in my own skin with this abuse.

5. What or who makes you sad?
See above.

6. What or who brings you joy?

My dog, exercise, music and eating well. My father, my mother, my brother and my friends.

7. What’s one thing, after reading our 6 steps report, that you do not do in your life and you want to start doing this week? (You can skip this question if you haven't yet read our report.)

Not yet read.

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Apr 11, 2009
by: carol

As I was reading your answers I realized that some of your source of unhappiness is exactly opposite to what has made me so unhappy and gotten me in this rut.

I planed for my future! I thought of nothing but my future and worrying about my future and always behaving in an appropriate manner and always being considerate of others. I have my bachelors degree from a prestigious university and I have my Doctorates.

However, im at a point where I am supposed to be so happy... but all the worry and anxieties and the feeling of "not making it" kind of mentality has just gotten me so down this past year.

The point Im trying to make is, and I think I read it here on this website, it was a quote by Winston Churhill, "success is never final, failure is never fatal", (and im sorry but there's another line i don't remember at the moment), the point is... failure is only when you give up, so don't give up!

I've been feeling like a failure or being scared of failing at my success, but what i should do now is realize how far i have come and how if i give up, that will be the real failure. I will never give up, EVER!

(Merri Ellen writes... )

Way to go Carol! Here's the full quote:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill

Here are a few more good ones...

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
-Winston Churchill

"There is no such thing as failure. There are only results."
-Tony Robbins

"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."
-George Edward Woodberry

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."
-Dale Carnegie

Carol, way to see failure as an opportunity for growth! Don't be afraid of failure - embrace it and grow through it! For example, when I hit bottom, if I had given up, I would not be depression-free today and would not be helping others all over the world with this website! ;)

There is hope! You are worth it!


Merri Ellen

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