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    Re: Light Boxes Help Lift the Winter Blues

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryQ View Post
    I suggest you rethink your plans regarding homelessness. It’s not the lifestyle portrayed in some movies.
    Its an addiction based extremely violent lifestyle you’re better off on social assistance. I don’t think getting beaten to death or worse yet surviving the beatings is something you would enjoy. Some get killed for a couple dollars or not sharing a bottle etc. It’s worse than being in prison. Although the legal system technically prevails across our countries I can guarantee you that In the street it’s like In the jungle. survival of the strongest. No if buts or ors.

    if you have some winter vacation time coming try it (not partiality but fully) and you’ll réalisé that your problems with social interactions will be amplified. To have even a basic chance of survival on the streets you need expert social and manipulative skills. This is something you have stated is a big issue for you.

    i could go on and on but will leave it at that.
    I'm going to try to avoid it but the writing is on the wall. I don't have the basic social skills to even maintain a job.


    I can't even make eye contact and everyone feels awkward (including myself) in any social setting. I feel like I'm "white knuckling" every day holding on to razor blades. It's just a matter of time before I crack.

    I had a nervous breakdown at work back when I was 20 years old and I can foresee another one or just walking away from this job I currently have.

    I'm just being real - I'm a realist. I'm going to try to avoid being on the streets but with basically no social skills I feel like I'm very handicapped so I think somewhere down the road I am going to walk away from my current situation - not by choice, but because it is too much pressure mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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    Re: Light Boxes Help Lift the Winter Blues

    When all hope seems lost, Try and remember a few important positive facts:

    1 - You made it through all the sh*t life has thrown at you and are still standing.

    2 - That means you are stronger and more resilient than you think you are.

    3 - At the current moment you have a job a roof over your head and the future has many possibilities even if you are currently focussing on the possible dark outcomes

    4 - You have reached out for help here and I see some positive attitude changes since we first started interacting: Less debating more openness to advice.

    5 - You haven't given up on the meds even if you want to real bad!

    6 - You haven't given up on your therapist even if you want to real bad.

    7 - You have put a lot of effort into staying dry. (stumbling and falling are a part of life. Getting back up is a victory each time)

    8 - You want out of this "situation" and you're seeking help to avoid doing something that will have a devastating impact on your life.

    9 - You know where to come when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. We can't offer miracles but compassion, support, ideas and sometimes a kick in the behind are just a post away.

    I'll leave finding a # 10 up to you

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    Re: Light Boxes Help Lift the Winter Blues

    Roy can you ask for a leave of absence for stress relieve or perhaps talk to your boss about decreasing the amount of work given to you look at options that will decrease the stress before it becomes to much ok and you have to leave. i wish i did that i left it too long just see if there are other ways the stress at work for you can be lessen so you are not push to your limits
    Words always stay inside ones soul

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    Re: Light Boxes Help Lift the Winter Blues

    You are not condemned to repeat the past or to live in the past. It does take effort to change things but it is not impossible.

    Ultimately, it's a decision you make to move forward or stay stuck where you are or have been.

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    Re: Light Boxes Help Lift the Winter Blues

    Since you are in the US, you may also want to look into free vocational training and/or placement from the local job center:

    [US] Social Security Disability: Ticket to Work - Page 2

    Your job sounds ideal compared to most for avoiding human contact, so perhaps just finding a different employer or shift may help.

    I worked the night shift at a group home and that was the most alone I ever felt working. Until everyone woke up and wanted breakfast, meds, etc. The job had so much down time and we could watch TV, use the Internet, etc. to stay awake, but dealing with management was a pain. (The work mostly was housekeeping, escorting clients who needed supervision, and occasionally dealing with medical or psychological emergencies.)

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