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this might be better served as a blog post, and I may do that yet. I wanted to say that I may be taking a short break from cb to see if it will help with my mood....NOT to say that I am blaming my mood on any of you, but saying that perhaps spending so much time focusing on my mood and my mi may be contributing to my symptomology.

 

I don't spend much time here on the boards, but those that know me, know that I spend a lot of time in chat. I am not even sure that I will be able to follow through with this little experiment, because coming here has become such a habit.

 

have any of the rest of you done this/thought of this, and did it help? or am I just deluded? I just wonder if I spent less time focused on my depression and other symptomology, that it would be less apparent and I would be able to function better.

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I took a break of several months between 2011 and 2012.  During the first part of that period I was a complete and utter mess, then after I had a major and miraculous med change in January 2012 I took the time for that to settle.  I was much stronger when I came back and far more able to participate.  It definitely isn't easy to break off contact with CB when it's become a daily habit (particularly in my case - my presence around here goes back to 2004 and CB's predecessor), but I think it can be a good thing.  At the end of the day, you've got to listen to your gut and what feels right for you, and you and I are by no means the only people who've stepped away for a period.

 

eta I'm not suggesting you disappear for months like I did - really, this is all about what you personally need, even if it's just a few days or weeks.

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I've taken breaks before.  Usually, I just get distracted by something else/  I do sometimes feel like mi is a big focus in my life and I'm not sure how healthy that is.  I believe part of recovery is not having to micromanage your symptoms. Being aware but also  able to enjoy life.  

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Taking a break from anything you do regularly often has positive results. It can help break out of ruts and when you return you have a new perspective on things. I think it's especially true of online communities and support groups. 

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Taking a break from anything you do regularly often has positive results. It can help break out of ruts and when you return you have a new perspective on things. I think it's especially true of online communities and support groups. 

I agree with this.

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I disappear sometimes, but on smaller scales - for a week or three. Although I do sometimes avoid chat for a while. It can be overwhelming to be there too much. Or at least I find it so for me.

Thus far I've always come back, though. 

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I took a small break fro CB when I first started nursing school, just so that I could focus on my academics for a while. I think it's healthy to take a break from things sometimes. Like Rosie, I also take small breaks from chat sometimes, just cause I get overwhelmed too. 

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Yes, I took a break for most of this past year. It is good not to focus on your moods all the time. I lost myself in some hobbies and managed to get outside my head. But then again, it feels good to come back again.

 

We're here when you need us. Good luck!

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I took a 3 or 4 month break a few years ago for the same reason you are. I had CBs on my bookmark bar, and had to remove it, because I kept clicking it out of habit. For some reason, since I have come back, I haven't had that feeling of "all I do is think and talk about my mental illness, no wonder I'm crazy." I hope you do well.

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I've only just started to get to know you in chat, however you should do what you feel you need to. You know, it doesn't hurt to take a break, see if you feel better and if you do, great, if not, we'll still be here. I tend to go the other way. I lean on websites for support when I'm at my worst and as things improve drift away slightly but I do know that sometimes for certain things it can be a double edged sword. I wish you all the luck though. I hope either way you feel a little bit brighter.

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thank you for all of your kind words. i am not gone entirely--i am too addicted for that :P! but i am limiting myself to popping in and out for limited periods of time. i just want to focus on being in the moment and not micro-manage my mi quite so much.

 

i hope that i am making sense.

 

so you will see me around, just not for the hours at a time that you are used to.

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