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Loss of Interest

Discussion in 'Anxiety, Panic & Agoraphobia' started by Multifavs, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. Multifavs

    Multifavs Artist & Plushie-Maker Supporter

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    Looks like anxiety disorder and whatever other mental disorders I might have are trying to destroy my creativity and motivation. I've noticed them slowly decreasing over time. I remember that years ago, I enjoyed spending time drawing, writing, and playing music; I was almost constantly thinking of new creative ideas and was always excited to get to work on them. But now I don't think of new ideas very often anymore, and even when I do I often find myself putting them off for a while because I don't feel like doing them. Nowadays I often don't feel like doing a lot other than using the computer and playing video games (and sometimes sewing or doing something else, even those things get boring at times, though) so I spend the rest of the day trying to find something to do. I've noticed that I have times now where I don't really want to do anything and have little motivation or inspiration for much of anything. I used to think it was because I'm not a kid anymore, but now I'm thinking...maybe it's my problems causing it because it doesn't seem normal.
     
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  2. DaisyDay

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    Yeah, anxiety and, even more, depression can do that.

    I find it helpful to keep track of what I really enjoy during good times and to keep doing them even though I don't feel like it. Quite often, just starting can induce the feeling of pleasure - just don't expect too much. Happiness is just something that comes of its own accord (for most of us) - it takes work and attention.

    Has your gratitude journal made any difference that you've noticed?
     
  3. MariaJLM

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    Yep. I'm mentally ill too so this is pretty much what happens to me in a regular basis.
     
  4. Multifavs

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    Thanks for the suggestion! Oh, the Positive Thread I was doing? I'm not doing that anymore since it was just something I was doing for 2018. I am not sure if it helped at all when I was doing it, I still had good days and bad days.
     
  5. DaisyDay

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    Well, it's to be expected to still have good and bad days, but it's supposed to make the bad days more bearable. Did you ever read through it or just write to it?

    I've heard good things about doing that and since you're the only one I know of who has actually done it, I am interested in how it worked out for you. Seems to have been a "meh"?
     
  6. Multifavs

    Multifavs Artist & Plushie-Maker Supporter

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    You're right. I sort of read through it but I never did get to looking at a lot of it again.

    I think maybe for me it helped some days but not others. Of course, everyone is different and it probably can have different results for different people.
     
  7. Ching Ching

    Ching Ching New Member

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    Spending too much time alone on the computer etc is not going to help with your depression and anxiety. Even if It means It is hard, you should push yourself towards a wider social circle, especially with Christian friends. Are you involved in a small group at church? Talking through some of those issues, volunteering in the community etc. will be much more productive plus very therapeutic for your current situation
     
  8. Multifavs

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    Update: I have noticed improvement in all of these problems recently! It appears that spending too much time on CF was causing me a lot of problems because now that I've stepped back some and am spending more of my online time doing other things, I feel much better. I've still got problems with anxiety but I'm feeling much more cheerful overall, a bit more creative and motivated, and less focused on negative things. Thank you all for your support! :)
     
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