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Well, they say there is nothing else to lose but to give my last shot at this. I am not sure how to start. I only know that things has not been going too well at work and at home. I don't seem to have the energy or the motivation to do much these days. I seem to be preoccupied with dark thoughts that I frighten myself at times. The idea of not wanting to go on has pass through my mind on a number of ocassions but somehow I manage to distract myself. I suppose I better say something of myself. I am a 50 year old divorcee with no children and I am a headteacher of a secondary school. I suppose things hasnt gone 'right' since my divorce 5 years ago. I better stop here now and allow you to ask me the questions.

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2002


*** AN EXAMPLE OF A RESPONSE *** You sound Mary as though you are in a place of shade rather than light and that you are finding it hard to move into a better mental / lighter place in life. Are your thoughts of 'not wanting to go on' an indication that you are or have contemplated suicide? If it is then it gives me a greater sense of the lonely place / state you are in. From your occupation I guess you have to be seen to be coping but since the divorce this might have been harder to maintain. Are there also thoughts or issues about the purpose of all you that you do and where it might lead? Mary, I could come up with some instant but probably not very well thought through action type things you might do, but I have a sense that you might want me to listen and understand you first and then together we can map out solutions that you might like to consider. I look forward to your reply


-- Anonymous, March 06, 2002

Hi Mary. As i read your E the words 'manage to distract myself' stood out for me. I noticed that distraction working as you mentioned your divorce and decided "I had better stop here". You say at the beginning that you have nothing to lose and that you are willing to give it 'your last shot'. I wonder whether you would be willing to work with me to look more closely at what it feels like to not be distracted and to check out what it is 'that hasnt gone right since your divorce'and, what has gone right.

-- Anonymous, January 30, 2003

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