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How Are You, Really?

We have people asking us all the time, "How are you?" But we know that they don't actually want a response. We usually reply with something generic and move on. However, when we are so used to giving these automatic responses, we tend to internalize our emotions and let the stressors eat at us.


There are so many people who suffer from depression and anxiety, and I am one of them, but I have found that being alone can exacerbate those feelings. I love my job, but writing isn't something I can do with others, and I find myself isolated in my thoughts. Normally, that isn't a problem because I write, and it's almost therapeutic for me. But sometimes that isn't enough.


I know we live in a busy world, and it's hard enough to take time for ourselves, let alone give time to others. But I'm pleading with you. Please check on your loved ones. Find out how they are really doing. The happiest and kindest people could be suffering the most.


So, please know this is me asking you, how are you doing?




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I am doing okay. I have someone coming from the state department of education to observe me tomorrow and I’ve been internalizing and all the sudden have imposter syndrome (again). I work in mental health and I find it humorous that people think I am immune to suffering from it. But I do. I am actually in a medicine conundrum. Current debating getting off meds so I can start to work through some traumas and I need to be able to feel my feelings. But that’s a little scary.


I enjoy being alone but also can understand how it’s not always best for me, because I tend to isolate to excess. This is why I am so thankful for you…


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Abby Taylor
Abby Taylor
22 mars 2023
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Aww, Ricci. I definitely understand how we can sometimes take on a persona that takes over who we truly are. I'm a very friendly and upbeat person, so when I feel sad or down, I try to push it away, but eventually, it has to come out. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and if you ever need anything, I am always around. You are not alone. And thank you for checking on me and being there. Your support and friendship mean so much to me. I love that how caring and kind everyone is and I'm so thankful that my words have found the right people.

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luciapugh
luciapugh
22 mars 2023

You and I are so alike. I suffer from depression because I feel I got robbed of my life by arthritis. 9 operations since 1994 till now has been too much. Then, I have anxiety because of having to miss so many family events. I try my damnedest to not get all wound up but at 73 , my thoughts go to I AM NOT PROMISED TOMORROW SO I BETTER KEEP GOING LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY.

Lastly, having you in my life!!! OMG!!! YOU ARE ONE MASTERPIECE OF A HUMAN. 😇💖❤️💙💙💙🌈

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luciapugh
luciapugh
22 mars 2023
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ALWAYS TILL He calls me home. I love you and your talent so very much. 🫵✨✨✨💯😇💖❤️🌈💙💙💙

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I also understand change in medication. I had been on one for years. It was still working. But I got where I could not swallow it. Choking at home by myself is not great. Took a while to find one that sorta works. So I stick with it. I hope your new one works better. And I agree so many people don't want to talk about their depression. Thank you for bringing it up.

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You asked. So I will answer. I am doing pretty good today. A lot of the reason I am doing well this year, is you. You interact with your readers and we become friends. That means so much to me. And through your Facebook pages I have become friends with other people. Such as Shell. I also suffer with depression. So all interactions help. Now I will ask you. How are you doing? Is there anything I can do for you? And I am sincere with my questions.

Take

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Abby Taylor
Abby Taylor
21 mars 2023
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That means so much to me that you are doing better. I know how hard it can be suffering through our emotions. I am always here to listen because I genuinely care. I think feeling alone is one of the worst things, and I never wish that on anyone.


I appreciate you taking the time to check on me as well. I have been struggling recently with my anxiety and depression, and my new medication had some very serious side effects, so I had to stop taking it. But my doctor has started me on something different, so I'm hoping that will help and not leave me feeling like I can't get out of bed.


I am a big people…

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