Depression and Money

by Andy Hough on September 21, 2007

Sorry for not posting the past few days. I’ve been experiencing a bout of depression and when in this state I don’t feel like doing anything. Not even things that I like such as blogging.

I know some people are probably thinking if I weren’t a Tight Fisted Miser and would spend some of my money I wouldn’t be depressed. It doesn’t work like that for me though. I’ve tried spending my way out of depression in the past and it didn’t help. That is how I ended up having to declare bankruptcy eleven years ago.

I’ve learned to keep my depression from causing me to waste money. Depression still hurts me financially though. It keeps from doing things to increase my income. It makes it difficult for me to keep a job and keeps me underemployed. Part of the reason I’m working the jobs I currently have is because they are so mentally and physically easy that I can deal with them even when depressed. The biggest impact depression is having on me currently is law school. It led to my poor decision to transfer schools and it led to me not putting in enough effort in school and being put on academic probation. I’m trying to work through it now but it is making it difficult for me to concentrate on the paper I have to write to be considered for re-admittance. It is better today and I hope it stays that way.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mapgirl September 21, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I am thinking of you. I know it can be really hard to knock yourself out of the deep rut that depression creates, but you can do it. You’ve done it before. Stay focused on the small things right in front of you and don’t think too much into the future.

Good luck.

2 Chief Family Officer September 21, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Know that you have my support as well. I did want to suggest that you might consider spending money on therapy or a doctor’s visit? I don’t know how that has worked for you in the past, but good health is worth more than money.

Best of luck.

3 Lazy Man September 21, 2007 at 7:31 pm

I’m thinking of you as well. I’ve found that getting out and getting exercise has helped me in the past when I’ve been depressed.

4 BarbC September 21, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Honestly, this isn’t always what people want to hear, but if you are depressed and it lasts longer than 2 weeks get help!!!!! There are meds that can help you, counseling can help you, and combined they can be great. You are not at fault for depression, but you can get yourself help (and that is your responsibility!)

barbc

5 vh September 21, 2007 at 10:18 pm

OMG. Could there be a connection between kicking the caffeine and feeling depressed? Whenever I try to get off the stuff, I get a marathon headache & general misery that can last for several days…once it went on for a full week. If you have a serious caffeine habit, getting off your favorite potables does not make you feel happy.

Have you tried buying (uhm, yeah) a really good variety of real tea (not sugary, not flavored with anything artificial, not decaf) and dosing yourself with one or two cups of the stuff in the morning? It has just enough caffeine to ease withdrawal but not enough to put a buzz on…maybe it would help with the blues, too.

If getting some exercise and slipping in a bit of low-dose caffeine doesn’t help to shake depression in a couple of weeks, it would be worth visiting a doc. Short bouts of blues are probably normal for young adults, but you shouldn’t have to put up with it for any length of time.

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