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« on: March 10, 2012 12:08:28 PM »



I think I have to explain this one a bit... I sometimes suffer from anguish or anxiety due my long-term depression. You know, it's that thing that tells you that you can't do this, you not worth it, this is too hard for you and so on. It can almost paralyse me. Once my therapist suggested that I should take a closer look of my anguish. Then I had this mental image about taking it apart from me and putting it in a jar so I could concentrate without it bothering me all the time. That conception was so juicy that I had to make it in reality Grin



My anguish is made of unsuccessful projects, old failures, shopping errors and mistakes. And hot glue, lots of it. It tends to stick on everything and spread all around when given opportunity. Note on she side of jar reminds me NOT TO FEED ANGUISH (it feeds on energy). On the top I painted warning sign about harmful contents.

My shrink thought it is cute Roll Eyes Nevertheless I feel better knowing that this creeper is safely trapped away. Sometimes though I have to remind it to stay in its jar...
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012 12:37:30 PM »

I hope yours stays in the jar!  He's awesome only if he stays there.  I need a jar for mine.... more like a tractor trailer size container.

Hope you feel better, I know how depression is (I was diagnosed over 5 years ago, had meds for three and then had a reaction to them so now there's no chemical therapy for me)  PM if you just need someone to chat!
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012 12:40:34 PM »

OMG! i love this, thank you so much for sharing and your story too. i know exactly how you feel and where you are coming from. i actually might have to do a similar thing!
you've touched on a nerve with me too
thank you again
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012 12:42:52 PM »

I hope yours stays in the jar!  He's awesome only if he stays there.  I need a jar for mine.... more like a tractor trailer size container.

Hope you feel better, I know how depression is (I was diagnosed over 5 years ago, had meds for three and then had a reaction to them so now there's no chemical therapy for me)  PM if you just need someone to chat!
-PJ

to both of you, feel free to PM me as well, long time dealing with depression and a diagnoses for Bpd as well. so i know what it feels like
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012 12:43:38 PM »

Well, I had to cut mine down (twice) to fit in that jar. It tends to take all the room it is allowed to... Wink I'm also having meds, I think they are my third one during past four years...

You know how it is: When things look horrible, make some funny craft about it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012 01:00:51 PM »

I have found myself that visuals often help ease the burden. It's easier to tell something to F off if you have something to physically say it to.
I've also found that many C-sters share in your anxiety. It was almost surprising when we were discussing it during a swap one time, but then I thought about it and it makes so much more sense. It's why I feel safe here. C-ster is my happy spot.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012 04:00:57 PM »

I think that's a great project!  Therapists say things that can be easy for them to say, but difficult for their clients to do.  With this as a visual, it would really help to remember the "don't let" and "not to".
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012 06:12:40 PM »

Well. Everyone above said exactly what I was thinking. What an interesting idea, it actually made me cry a little, but in a sort of good way. Do you keep the jar out as a reminder or do you put it away so it doesn't trigger you?
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012 06:38:43 AM »

Thank you all for your support! I felt it was kind of therapeutic process when making this and sharing it. It sits on my desk as a reminder - like Miss Barbara said - "don't let" and "not to". It also helps me to identify anxiety when it is creeping on me, so I can tell it to go back in the jar. And I found this all kind of hilarious so it still makes me giggle Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012 10:47:25 AM »

I need one of these.  Sometimes it is easyer to let that little yuck out of the jar, then it is to keep it contained.  My little blob of goo has been out and about a bit too much in the last few weeks...This is such a great idea on so many levels Grin
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