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depression3 weeks

It's a dark demon. And it's swallowed me again smiley
Any coping strategies? I don't want to go back on antidepressants.

depression3 weeks

I understand the struggle your going through right now and feel for you its truly horrible illness. Things that have helped me in the past are getting out side a walk in some woods or just somewhere natural and peaceful, focusing on the positives in life and not dwell on the negatives just accept them and try to push on ( i know easier said than done ) keeping busy helps too gets your mind off it at least for a little while. talking to close freinds or family or a therepist works for some people too but carnt say it worked for me but everyone is different thats the beauty of this life! hope this helps and you whoop its ass you can beat this you got it!

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depression3 weeks

good advice, another thing that I have found helps is spend even a little bit of time every day doing something that helps build you as a person. Like try to cook or bake something you have not tried before (with friends!) or learn to make an oragami swan out of a dollar or learn a magic trick or read a chapter of an interesting book.

Another thing that really helps is setting some sort of goal and methodically working towards it. Back in high school there was a really steep road I would run up and even though everything else was terrible, before I went to bed I would see how far I could sprint without stopping. Regardless of school or social things, just getting one mailbox closer to the top was a small victory. And those small victories are the stepping stones that can help you through a tough time.

Goals can be anything, memorize a poem in its entirety, (girls who read [youtube search for that] is an excellent one), help a random person a few times a week (I gave a random construction guy a gatorade while sitting in traffic and he gave me his whole life story in return and said this was the first time in a long time that anyone had been kind to him, and his gratitude at my simple gesture made me so very happy too, helping people just makes you happy!), or maybe you've never had good balance and want to be able to hold a yoga pose for a minute, AWESOME!

TL;DR: set small, bite sized goals and work towards them, making measurable progress in life is always something to be proud of, and if you are proud of yourself it's a bit easier to be happy smiley

depression3 weeks

Some good advice here. Lots of distractions are important. Keeping busy, going outdoors and doing stuff, talking to people, setting goals and working towards them. Music's great to listen to and find comfort from, and it can help influence moods and feelings in a direction you want them to go. There's nothing wrong with having a good cry too, it can get some of the stress out especially if you haven't cried for some time. Remember to look after yourself and love yourself - you're the only person who'll be with you for your entire life, always.

depression2 weeks

I suffer from major depression and usually find it hard to get out from under. I do take medication and I have a psychiatrist and psychologist that I talk to. Those things help but not always. I'm not crazy...just sad. Low self esteem...

depression2 weeks

queensizegoddess45:
I suffer from major depression and usually find it hard to get out from under. I do take medication and I have a psychiatrist and psychologist that I talk to. Those things help but not always. I'm not crazy...just sad. Low self esteem...


Sorry to hear. Hope it helps being here.

depression2 weeks

Get yourself a therapy.

depression2 weeks

Thanks for all your advice. Trying to find times to do things for me again. I think I need some selfish time.

depression2 weeks

I have anxiety and at sometimes pretty bad. What I found that helps is my drawings. I use it as an escape from all of life's garbage. When I do that everything seems to disappear. It has helped me greatly.
Another thing is developing a mantra for yourself. This has also helped me on a day to day basis. I really hope that anyone of these examples that anyone has provided on this thread helps. What can also helps is having someone to listen to you.

depression2 weeks

Don't know if this helps at all, but I've found it helps to treat depressive spells like a virus.

It's not your fault, it's not someone else's fault.
Something just comes on you like an existential disease, and you just have to weather it out like you would a hideous fever.

At least that's how I feel.

depression2 weeks

My son used to suffer from depression and was even suicidal. He took Prozac and went to a therapist, but I think the thing that helped him the most was getting a part-time physical job and staying busy. Rejecting most tradition values and embracing punk culture didnít help much with his self-esteem, but he wonít give it up at this time. I do my best to help him stay positive.

depression2 weeks

Ravenous15:
I also have anxiety, but I'm getting treatment for that.
Having someone to listen to you is indeed a must. If you like, I can be that person for you.
I usually don't have anything new I can post or reply to these days, except for a couple of emails or pm's.
Feel free to talk to me.

I also do arts, as in sculpting and painting.
I'm developping my own style at it, as my teacher describes it, and only want to do better from now on.


Whats funny is that I am seeing so.done about it also. The funny thing is I got a degree in social work and they say social workers make the worst clients. Lol.
In my studies, research and input from my professors I seemed to develop methods in how to lessen the anxiety and make it manageable. Stuff like journaling, talking, drawing and mantras. I draw so much I'm gonna start selling them soon, lol. Not everyrhing is perfect though, I still on occasion have my mini meltdowns.

depression2 weeks

Applepieinthesky:
It's a dark demon. And it's swallowed me again smiley
Any coping strategies? I don't want to go back on antidepressants.


It's a matter of degree of course, as some days one will find harder than others. But there are a few things one can do.

I find that being active (and that can be seated at a computer... i don't mean physically active) rather than passive helps. When the mind is choosing something and doing something, we are less likely to be overwhelmed by our feelings. Call it denial if you want. But I feel less pain if I am busy.
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