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    Sad Disneyland and Depression

    I suffer from depression.

    Nothing I can really do about it.

    I don't like the medication so instead I try to focus on positive things.

    I find myself often taking an extire day just focusing on Disneyland and dreaming of it. Do other depressive people do this? I am not placing a "value statement" on this, meaning, I do not think it is a positive or nagative thing to do... I just wonder if others do this.

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I enjoy DL, and I suffer from mild depression from time to time, too. But, I have noticed, the more "down" I feel, the worse it is for me to go to DL. Instead of cheering me up, it has the opposite effect. Maybe seeing all the happy people doing their happy things. I don't know what it is, really, I just know to avoid the park when I'm feeling low.
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    Wow. I've said it before the Parks makes me happy. Be careful with this. They say the the negative Ions from the beach helps with depression. Stick with therapy.
    I know you, I walked with you once apon a dream. See ya at the park! BFA. (Black Family Alert).

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I suffer from depression also...and sometimes I reflect on the times of my youth, and the happy times I spent working there, and what life was like back then.

    Now I probably focus on MiceChat more than Disneyland itself, since visits to the park, while always fun, are sometimes bittersweet.

    It's good to have positive things to focus on. And over the past two years my return trips to DL, and certainly MiceChat, have been a godsend for me.

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I suffer from depression too. I find solace is the smoothness of a Ghiradelli square.

    Oh, and visiting my "happy place" in my mind is good too.

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    My parents think I suffer from depression. But I really dont and no I dont take drugs lol.


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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    Disneyland, for me, is a good place to run away from the issues I tend to deal with in my life. When I go through something sad in my life that leaves me in a bout of depression, I tend to "run-away" to Disneyland.

    When I'm there, I try to focus on my surroundings and the feelings that I get just being in the park.

    I understand that running away to DL does not make the issues in my life go away, but it gives me time to distance myself from life's drama.. and sometimes.. just being away from it gives me better perspective of things when i return.

    When life get's too hard to handle and I can't run away to the park.. I do two things.. I pray to God for guidance.. and I remember the fun at DL..

    So.. I guess what I am saying is.. you're not the only one that uses DL as a focal point on the positive things in life.

    And if you ever need a friend to be with you at Disneyland.. or if you ever need someone to talk to.. you have me and the entire MiceChat family.. we're just a forum thread posting away..


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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I'm going to try and address what I think you meant with your post, B_J, so correct me if I missed the mark but - it seems like you're asking whether other people spend time focusing on Disneyland, not whether going to the parks helps people feel better.

    Well, I live in the midwest, so I really don't have the option of actually going, but I find that, yes, when I'm having a rough day, it can help to sit down, and put on something really cheerful, like music from POD or Fantasmic, and to look around Micechat, or Disneyland photo collections like DaddyB's or Britt Dietz's Cast Member site. Disneyland is a very warm, colourful, positive place, and it's very steeped in idealism and fantasy. It can definitely cheer me up when my "real life" day to day grind is wearing me down.
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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    depression club! i have it too, one of the 3 or 4 types.


    http://www.thesecret.tv/home.html give that a try the book and dvd are at target and barnes and nobles, theres also tons of positive thinking books in barnes and nobles, its really changed my life. also i heard taking walks helps cure it.

    but anyways, disneyland always is something nice to look forward to for me. Its just the best place to be when your not feeling so nice.

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    Quote Originally Posted by PleaseRemainSeated View Post
    I'm going to try and address what I think you meant with your post, B_J, so correct me if I missed the mark but - it seems like you're asking whether other people spend time focusing on Disneyland, not whether going to the parks helps people feel better.

    Well, I live in the midwest, so I really don't have the option of actually going, but I find that, yes, when I'm having a rough day, it can help to sit down, and put on something really cheerful, like music from POD or Fantasmic, and to look around Micechat, or Disneyland photo collections like DaddyB's or Britt Dietz's Cast Member site. Disneyland is a very warm, colourful, positive place, and it's very steeped in idealism and fantasy. It can definitely cheer me up when my "real life" day to day grind is wearing me down.
    I always feel better when I scrap my pictures of past Disneyland vacations. By creating my pages, and thinking about the fun I had in the past it can change my mood from sad to glad pretty quick. Playing Disney tunes helps as well.
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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    Depression tends to run in my family, and some of my family say I had it as a kid (I didn't have a great childhood). So I really pay attention to signs.

    Right now I am out of work and finding a job is HARD! So.... tomorrow I am taking myself to Disneyland for a little pick-me-up. Yes, it helps.

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    Jeeze we all suffer from Depression, And We all love Disneyland. Disneyland makes people depressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I was pretty depressed when I left the J.C. but I've never suffered from clinical depression in that sense. I guess focusing on what makes you happy helps... just be careful, and seek professional help if it becomes overwhelming.
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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I credit working through my depression with Disney (music, planning a trip, whatever) and lots and lots of tennis!!!

    Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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    Re: Disneyland and Depression

    I also suffer from depression and have been taking medication for the past few years, which for me has helped a lot. Nothing compares to walking through those gates and hearing the music on Main Street. That puts me in a totally different state of mind; happy with no worries, spending time with my husband and daughters.

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