How do you REALLY overcome depression?

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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 09:59 PM
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There are so many wonderful replies here. Great advice! I am not depressed, but took care of my wife for many years to treat, I would also suggest the gYm, meet other people there building confidence just as you are. That exercise gives you 80% increase in confidence.
Put a real picture of Yourself up there, you are not an avatar... You are you!
Connect as often as possible with family and friends, real friends that you can see and touch.
Make sure your dr. Knows clearly your needs and discusses all of your medicinal options, and stick to it!
Find the right partner who loves you from within to no end, and have sex, sex, sex! Then laugh and play all day long, that in itself will cure 95%.
Find a faith, believing in something together and sharing with that someone special gives one confidence and strength as a family, it helps give one hope..... and simply has an all around 'no matter what happens we'll be fine' armor.
bless you with good fortune
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posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 10:24 PM
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I don't know brother. I wish I did. But I can tell you one thing for certain: medication won't help. You're spot on there. I've met dozens of depressed/f-ed up people in my life, and 99.999% of the time, meds make it worse. Usually lots worse.

I don't suffer from chronic recurring depression, but I've been there (a few times), and my only advice is to find your center. Take it easy and slow. Meditate. Not in any religious or spiritual way, just calm your mind and find yourself. Work out who you are and what you're doing here. Realize how incredible it is that you are aware of feeling depressed. That's a blessing in disguise, believe me. Sometimes we get so caught up in pain that we forget how amazing it is to be able to feel anything at all.

REMEMBER: It will pass. You have to do your part, keep a PMA (positive mental attitude), surround yourself by nice people and things and good music etc. In the end, it will pass. Might take a while, but all good things do. Whatever you do, don't dwell on the negative emotions. Just accept that you feel like crap and move on about your day with the knowledge that it's not forever.

Bring back some novelty in your life. Do some things you never thought you'd do, like skydive/travel/whatever - just get out of your comfort zone. Start small and work your way up to big things and before you know it you'll remember why you used to love being alive.

Good luck friend. Sometimes the hardest thing you can do is accept something you don't like. Accept that you feel like sh#t, and then it's not so scary anymore. You have to embrace your suffering (without self-harming etc.). Just remember that without the experience of depression, you could never possibly appreciate joy as it was intended to be appreciated. And joy will come! Keep your head up.

Just my 2 cents from spending years in a hole. Despite what the doctors prescribe, there's no easy cure. Life is struggle. But it can also be beautiful, if you let it be. Just remember, there's nothing wrong with you. What you're going through is a sane reaction to an insane world. You just have to learn to cope in the best way that suits you. It's not easy, but it can be done. Peace


Stay strong



posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 12:05 AM
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When I figure it out, I'll be sure and let you know, TC.

I've tried medication, psychoanalysis, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, spirituality, music, primal scream, meditation, hypnosis, and techniques best left unaddressed on ATS. Most of the time I'm alright, but there are times when nothing helps, and memories I can't get over and that no amount of time or therapy can ameliorate.

Maybe the trick is just to endure. I wish everyone who suffers from depression - or anything else - happiness and fulfillment. Peace.



posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 10:43 AM
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I have been exploring this topic lately as I have noticed so many people around me suffer from anxiety or depression. What depression is in a way, is extreme emotion. I have put together a free Ebook with some quite powerful techniques that can really help you if you stick with them for at least 3 weeks, You can download it here: www.brainwavelove.com...

I suggest you watch this, too - www.youtube.com...

Depression really is a state of the mind that can be overcome if you dedicate yourself to self growth and positive thinking! Do wish you good luck on your journey, and most importantly - remember that life always makes you face stuff for good. It is always for good, as it will help you grow and become so much stronger as a person... one day you may even start helping others with similar problems...



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 03:53 PM
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my aunt had really bad depression. She didnt eat. We caught her with a can of gasoline and a match one day. It was bad. But then when her daughter had a baby, she got better. She had new meaning in life. I think that being a grandmother made her happy again. I know that depression may have many causes, diet, etc but for her, i think it was just a new meaning of life. She is now known for talking. A lot. I think she could also have overcome it by getting a jog or hobby. She did not work and watched tv all day in an empty house.





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