posted on Feb, 15 2010 @ 03:17 AM
reply to post by SilentShadow
Excellent post SilentShadow. There are so many people dealing with depression (no doubt on this forum as well), that can use posts like yours as
priceless motivation that recovery can be done and achieved, even when it seems so hopeless and impossible.
I have always had a care-free, happy life coming from a good upbringing. It was only the last 12 months that my dad committed suicide, and then my
girlfriend of 3 years decided to mess me around for several months that i slipped into depression, and now although things are back on track with my
girlfiend, this hard-wired depression-state is still here. I have tried 2 anti-depressants, which both have done more harm than good. I am seeing a
psychologist, however some days its hard to go through with the things he is telling me.
I have decided to come up with my own plan of action of beating this.
It involves exercise, CBT (cognitve behaviour therapy), and meditation.
3 books that i cant recommend enough include 'Feeling Good' by David Burns, which sets out a CBT program for you
Undoing Depression by Richard O'connor, which is written by a guy who is a psychologist as well as going through and defeating depression himself
The Mindful Way Through Depression - Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, this book is revolutionary in the treatment of depression. It focuses
on a new practice called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy, where it teached you to live in the present moment, rather than focusing on the symptoms
of depression.. already i am seeing small benefits of this and i havnt even started the program yet. It is pretty much a cross between Buddhist
meditation and Cognitive therapy and sets out an 8-week meditiation program specifically for depression.
Anyway, I can not recommend these books enough to everyone in the midst of depression and hopefully I can break free of this Demon in the next year or
Would be great to hear of more peoples stories with depression