So about a year ago I started going to a therapist because I was having a mental block and after 2 months I was diagnosed with dysthymia. For those of you that don't know what it is, it's a mild form of depression but is also long term. I've had mine since childhood.
While a lot of the time I can keep it under control, I do experience periods of extreme low points. Not wanting to get out of bed, not wanting to see the sun or people, binge eating,etc.
I didn't really have insurance, so I was paying for my therapist out of pocket and have since stopped after I've moved. Nor can I afford it after going back to school. But the one thing that stuck with me was keeping a "Happy Journal". I little journal where you write happy and supporting things about yourself. With my dysthymia, I was so use to beating myself up mentally. I've found that keeping this journal and making little entries has been helping. It's basically writing down affirmations and if you slip up, you don't scold yourself, you just verbally pat yourself on the back and say you'll do better.
I was just looking out to see if anyone else had the same challenges and what they do to cope during those low points