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I have some physical symptoms of diabetes (thirst, sadness, fatigue etc.) but I find that when I cut back on food (I was into boredom eating and stress eating to make myself feel better), I start thinking of buying things on amazon and other stores. Or I have the urge to go to the store and buy practical things and sometimes things I don't need.

The worst thing about diabetes is the psychological issues. It's taking all my strength not to buy a new purse from amazon (I examined my current one and it doesn't look like it will break anytime soon so I have no reason). And then I saw something else I want to buy. Wow, the feeling is horribly persistent. I've never gotten into bad debt. I never let the card get higher than $400 (I just paid my credit card company so I'm back down to zero) but I don't know how to handle these emotions. They're worse than normal. I don't want to end up replacing one destructive habit with another. I just want to feel good but don't know how. I have hobbies but I just think everything is pointless now and will get me nowhere in life (so maybe I have mild depression to go with the schizophrenia?).
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Well, that was gloomy. On the bright side, I don't smoke or drink.
 

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I don't have mental health issues like you do, but I can relate to the boredom eating and buying. These are superficial "fixes" which really don't satisfy in the long run but are very tempting.

The only thing that really helps me break the cycle is to get out and do something. Or even housework when I can make myself get started (once started I get into a groove and keep going).

Hobbies are nice but don't always have a purpose. I think a purpose is very important. I do some volunteer work that has this and even though I often don't feel like going, once there it seems to energize me. And I don't even think about eating!

Although the volunteer work is at a thrift store, so that doesn't help much with the buying - but it's cheap! :smile2:
 

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I don't have mental health issues like you do, but I can relate to the boredom eating and buying. These are superficial "fixes" which really don't satisfy in the long run but are very tempting.

The only thing that really helps me break the cycle is to get out and do something. Or even housework when I can make myself get started (once started I get into a groove and keep going).

Hobbies are nice but don't always have a purpose. I think a purpose is very important. I do some volunteer work that has this and even though I often don't feel like going, once there it seems to energize me. And I don't even think about eating!

Although the volunteer work is at a thrift store, so that doesn't help much with the buying - but it's cheap! :smile2:
Glad to hear I'm not the only one. :) There must be a lot of interesting things at a thrift shop.

I tried volunteering in the past and, because of my skill set, ended up doing tasks involving computers, such as putting together a newsletter, updating websites, and adding things to mailing lists. It's not very satisfying socially. One day, I admitted to the owner of one organization that I suffered from schizophrenia. After that they never asked me to do any further work from them (or invited me to summer barbeques). This doesn't endear me to people in general. Now, I'm worried to go to things like hobby groups because I fear people will reject me as soon as they find out about my health and work situation. The first question people as is "Where do you work?"

Thanks to Hollywood, people view the mentally ill as dangerous.

As much as I hate to admit it though, I might have to try and socialize more. My skills have declined. I find it getting harder to listen to others and come up with replies. But the only people who want to be friends with me are other sick people. The last time I had sick friends, one of them had serious depression issues and her complaining all the time, threatening her life every single day, gave me a bad paranoid attack, making me very unstable.

It's a bit of a no-win situation that I'm trying to break free from.

For a while, I thought my purpose was to write a decent novel and get it published. I have several novels but think I've just wasted my time because it's so hard to get published. I have no money to self publish and if I go the traditional route, I lack the skills for marketing. I'd be terrified of book signings or radio interviews.

I sound like doom and gloom gal again. I do hope to get better and maybe get a job one day. :)
 

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I know what you mean about a volunteer job turning into a "real" job (without the pay, though). I volunteered for a non-profit one time in their office. Was supposed to be just stuffing envelopes for mailing. I ended up on the computer and then they wanted more and more from me. Had to quit.

I do have word processing skills and they liked that - but I retired from that and don't want to sit in front of a computer anymore (except for my own amusement). At the thrift store I sort and price incoming donations. The people are nice and one can visit, or not. I don't interact much except for the few that work near me. I can come and go and spend as much, or as little, time as I want. It's been a good fit for me. (I'm not the most sociable of persons either and find chit-chat difficult.)
 

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I read some good advice about getting out more often. "Walk the dog every day - whether you have one or not"

I envision walking with one of those stiff prank leashes with a collar at the end that is kind of funny because there's no dog.
 

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I envision walking with one of those stiff prank leashes with a collar at the end that is kind of funny because there's no dog.
Oh, that wouldn't invite any attention and conversations! :vs_laugh:
 
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