Anonymous asked: My counselling appointment isn't for another three weeks and so I thought I'd ask you if that's okay? Lately I've been feeling so much better with my depression. I haven't been feeling as self-loathy or suicidal but I still feel so tired and sometimes I just feel paralysed though this may have more to do with my anxiety. Anyway my question is, can the physical affects of depression stay while the mental ones are starting to go away? I know you're not an advice blog, but I'd appreciate it :D
Absolutely possible yes! Symptom remission / recovery is different for everyone: for some their mood will lift first, or their motivation will return, or they may feel physically less lethargic or ill. The fact that you’re feeling better cognitively and emotionally is a great sign. There are certain things you might want to pursue, or habits you might want to try to get into to encourage your body to follow your mind. This might be something you can discuss with your counsellour. For example when I was recovering from a major episode a few years ago I used to set two alarms in the morning: one to wake up, and another a half hour later to be out of the house, so that I couldn’t lock myself away in my room all day. You may find that building exercise into your routine (if you don’t already) can help to boost you physically. Most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Set yourself small, manageable goals that increase in their difficulty or complexity with time. Good luck!