Having the “Sads” and other Confusing Terminology

Well maybe not CONFUSING… more specific to a family that is knowledgeable first hand about depression. July was over in a blink and August has done a dash on me, and in its wake has left me with a case of what we call the “sads”… Now what is the “sads” you may ask? And well you should!

Through out my marriage to Ken there have been MANY discussions about feelings (sadly sometimes one of us was much more up front and honest about the ones spinning around in their heads. But that is more an ability to voice and accept than a withholding so settle down Mr. Man). Depression is a word that the world seems to toss around a lot. Much like love in our society – if you listen to people talk in general we pretty well love EVERYTHING. Love is not reserved for the significant or special. You can love you partner just like you loved that piece of celery you munched down on at the YMCA. (ok a rather specific example, but I have eaten A LOT of celery lately).

The word depression or depressed can be tossed out and used on a whim as well. I was so depressed, my favourite show ended. Wow was that movie depressing. This is not the same thing as what Ken and I term capital “D” Depression. Capital “D” Depression is a whole different realm of emotions (and if you ask Ken I am sure he would sometimes term it as his own personal hell). In this family we reserve the term DEPRESSION for those scary times. For the active emotional quagmire that is full blown depression. For the moments of unease and confusion that are not tolerable or fleeting.

Lower case “d” depression comes up when we are mid journey after medications have been settled and therapy begun. Lower case “d” depression is the emotions and thoughts we are working on, the stuff we know now is running through his mind on repeat and are aware of but cannot yet shut off. Ken is depression, he is dealing with depression but he is not Depressed right now… that nasty little dialogue in his head is not the winning thought pattern. He is not cured, he is not “done” he is dealing and improving at that point – he is depressed but on the way out of it. He is an amazing work in progress.

So hopefully everyone is following me so far – Capital “D” depressed – SUPER BAD NEWS… lets not toss that term around unless we are sure… lower case “d” depression – well still not “good news” but it is a process right? We can use this term carefully. That movie didn’t make me depressed, though if I am dealing with depression I bet it sure didn’t help – maybe it reminded me (ok not me – Ken? someone who is mid journey?) of thoughts I am trying to deal with differently, etc etc.

NOW for the “sads” – I kinda of see this as the Lisa form of depression – when I am utterly honest and rational (cue Ken with a joke asking if my time of the month is imminent and then lifting an eyebrow and reminding me of irrational behavior I honestly own up to) I can totally explain them all… though in the throes of the “sads”… well, the “sads” can feel (in the moment), overwhelming and impossible. I can be in the middle of it an not know why the heck I feel that way. BUT and here is the big BUT – the “sads” are not forever. The “sads” are explainable and once you come upon the reason – the niggling nugget of brain unrest and down trodden feelings, the “sads” become… well… maybe the “merely morose”, the “meh I’ve felt better”s.

The “sads” are a normal human reaction to so many things – not enough sleep, too many good byes, too much activity, that super sad movie that lingers in your brain. THOSE are triggers for the “sads”. They are not a sign that you need medication (unless hugs and chocolate and a good long rest are considered medication). They are a sign that you are human. We feel A LOT, we ignore A LOT. We hide from emotions sometimes and that is not good. When I get the “sads” I tell someone, I talk about it, I think about it and I figure out why the heck on a sunny day (like the day I am writing this on) I felt so meh, so blah, so not happy happy joy joy. And, after a bit of introspection I realized – well hot damn, I miss my friends back home and all my crochet work for people up north, my dear friend heading home herself for a visit, the people who ARE planning to come and those who CAN’T… well I wasn’t taking a moment to breathe and be ok with the fact that I am a wee bit homesick. Instead I was packing on the activities and wallowing in my “sads” inadvertently.

My point is – maybe we need some new terms, some levels of emotions, some quantifying of our harder and darker emotions. Seriously, telling Ken I have the “sads” makes him almost smile and in that moment I am already working my way out of them. I have named my darker and harder to shake emotions. I know that they are fleeting and that they won’t hang on for long if I work on my thought process and acknowledge my off kilter internal dialogue.

When we use the term depression a lot I think we diminish its definition. We need to realize that it is ok to admit to depression in all its stages but we also need to realize that we cannot place that term on things that do not fall within the true definition of it. Though this may be more relevant for those living with depression/anxiety/bipolar etc. When you can place a certain weight on that specific term you can better explain to your support system your current mental well being. When I ask Ken how he is feeling he doesn’t say I am depressed, rather he will use other terms to equate the level of his emotional well being. I don’t have to guess what depression means. That way if (heaven forbid) emotions make a downturn we have a safe word almost to let him alert me to that change.

PLUS who doesn’t feel like having the “sads” is something surmountable? I, for one, am not going to let something so silly sounding as the “sads” take me out of the game for more than a day (or two tops, I promise). Instead I am going to delve deep, shed some tears if I need to (I am a crier, true story) and remember that as homesick as I get – it will pass (maybe with the assist of chocolate but who am I to tell?).

As always – those who are suffering – never alone, never – we are here and if you need a shoulder – message me! And those who are support – well you are amazing and we all know it!

Take care, please share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions! Til next time! IMG_20160628_144336

Beginning 2016 Blog Posts…

BEFORE 2017… Go figure! And wow does that sound EVEN WORSE when I say it out loud! Anyway, after December comes January and more winter fun. The end of Karyn’s holiday visit. The continuing of homeschooling and the start of our Chinese New Year unit, because if there is one thing you can count on in OUR curriculum it is that we will somehow cover Chinese New Year. (this year it was a bigger focus on the country CHINA itself even! You can read and find resources for that HERE)DSCN1435[1]

But enough with the generalities… time to get with the specifics. We had our monthly trip to the Home Depot for the craft, of course.imag2103

Snow… sort of… the boys complained that this was a disappointing winter with its lack of huge snowfall. Amazing how the whole arctic cold of last winter has been long forgotten.img_20160114_212546

img_20160124_110406We had the cousins up from Florida for a bit of a holiday visit. DSCN1416[1]

DSCN1417[1]And said “see you soon” to Aunty Karyn – if you ask Trinity we should be her very first and most important destination for any and all holidays (and I cannot say I don’t disagree).DSCN1418[1]

imag2127imag2130Gavin finished a workbook…DSCN1421[1]

And we had all sorts of crafty moments.DSCN1430[1]

img_20160129_213343PLUS Ken helped us create our large map of China. Nothing is more fun than working together on something we will then showcase in our schoolroom.DSCN1432[1]

We even managed a visit to Aunty Shandai and Uncle Ravyn’s to pet the kitties – well Echo, Ken and I did.DSCN1419[1]

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And had the Schwartz family over to play.img_20160118_182438

OH and swim lessons… cannot forget our amazing instructors at the YMCA. The twins are in swim crew!DSCN1429[1]

img_20160114_212520January kept us hopping and was full of visitors and fun. I love this reflecting back and reminding myself of how much joy there is in a passing month!DSCN1425[1]

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Tanystropheus

…And we are back to the dinosaurs while I sort out pictures for blog posts and proof others. Company, end of summer and back to full day school have slowed me a bit… but I promise to continue catching up! 

 

#3 on the Dinosaurs.about.com’s list of the top 10 weirdest dinosaurs is the VERY long necked dinosaur Tanystropheus. In fact, scientist believe that its neck is as long as it could be without the dinosaur completely defying physics!!! While not technically a dinosaur this archosaur was found in the Triassic period in Europe and the Middle East. It is actually thought that it would have used its head and neck much like a fishing line.

Our videos! First… Dinosaur Safari (Late Triassic) Clip #11: Tanystropheus by Kyle Hartman.

And the second, Tribute to Tanystropheus by ArchosaurKing.

And now our links:

  • Dinosaurs.about.com HERE
  • Jurassic Park Wikia HERE
  • ReptileEvolution.com HERE
  • BBC HERE
  • The Big Zoo HERE
  • The Pterosaur Heresies HERE
  • Prehistoric Wildlife HERE
  • Wiki HERE
  • And our colouring page… it is off of deviantArt HERE thanks to the artist HyphenatedSuperHero HERE.