At first I thought to add that do Chadderz thread, but than I thought it to be unfair to raid his thread. I'm in the middle of a... let's call it "depression phase". I'm sure some people know, what I'm talking about. Years ago I was prescribed antidepressants for a while, and by now I usually manage to get out of this "phases" within some weeks. Seeing how I always managed that somehow certainly helps there, even though it doesn't make things easier. But I found some ways to work with it (MA/ sports being very important here). Anyway, that's not really what I wanted to talk about. Actually, I'm not even entirely sure, why I started this thread, but because it doesn't leave my mind, I just started it Sorry. On Friday I was asked by "my" chaplain, how I notice that these phases are coming and on what signs I see it's there, and things like that. So I tried to explain it as best as I could, realizing that it's rather difficult (for me!) to actually verbalize. Then again - I'm not much of talking person anyway, and stammer half the time anyway, getting ticks along the way But earlier today, when I was driving to practice, I sat in the train. Next to me at the window was a little "Gewitterliege" (I don't know the English word and I'm not even entirely sure I use the correct German word here; they seem(!) to be of the family of Thysanoptera; fly-like, 2mm "big"... ) it wing was hurt/snapped. It walked around and all now and then was erecting its wings; I'm not sure, if it was trying to fly as well (they mostly seem to walk) but it wouldn't have worked. Furthermore the little snapped wing wouldn't "go back" to where it belongs but stick out in an angle that's not natural. I took it with me out of the train when I left and put it on some bushes. But my point of that story: I felt totally miserable when I was watching that tiny little insect! I couldn't just shrug it off, but felt sorry for it - a little insect, that at other moments would probably have annoyed me, by doing something stupid. And all I thought was: That! That is when I notice, that those "bad phases" are coming. Or that they can make me feel like that, about something that usually doesn't bother anyone. So, yes: For some weird reason that was the impulse to start this thread. This and not hijacking Chadderz thread So - what about others here? Does any one here have similar experiences or maybe completely different signs, that show you that something is wrong with you? PS: I'm not really talking about "normal" bad days (those are bad enough though) but those... "worse times", where you have to fight to actually move and do something, because everything is just so "meh" and life blows anyway.... yadda yadda yadda moments. PPS: I hope I'm in the right forum now. But since it's sort of depression-related I thought it might be.