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outofideas

What kinds of books/resources have helped you battle depression? 

Does therapy also help? 

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I found out of all the therapies I tried, CBT was the most effective... You've gotta work at it and do your homework in finding the right therapist... I went through 4 different ones before I found a

Hi @outofideas , been a little while since you posted here i see, but i hope this might help. I've suffered from major depression for over 15 years so i feel like i have some experience with it.

Therapy def helps. If you are bad enough you should try an antidepressant med that your doctor decides would help. They usually take at least a few weeks or more to get to a therapeutic level for you

That last wee bit @Phrenicz, "be kind to yourself", is one of the most important and helpful pieces of advice regarding this subject I have ever heard, but it's something that is surely not "just words" , I feel it to be almost the crux of being your true self.

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Spot on @PTFC!

We need to love ourselves for who we are, not what we, or more importantly others think we should be... It's not easy, and it will never happen overnight, but with the right support network, lifestyle, perseverance and attitude, the capability to fight it, is within us all... 

There will still be days when you lose the fight, but there will also be the days that you win ; )

Most people see depression or mental illness as a weakness.. I see it as the total opposite.

Personally, I find the strength of character it takes to endure depression and mental illness, let alone conquer it, one of the most admirable qualities any man, woman or child can display... 

 

 

 

 

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On 26/09/2016 at 2:03 AM, Phrenicz said:

Spot on @PTFC!

We need to love ourselves for who we are, not what we, or more importantly others think we should be... It's not easy, and it will never happen overnight, but with the right support network, lifestyle, perseverance and attitude, the capability to fight it, is within us all... 

There will still be days when you lose the fight, but there will also be the days that you win ; )

Most people see depression or mental illness as a weakness.. I see it as the total opposite.

Personally, I find the strength of character it takes to endure depression and mental illness, let alone conquer it, one of the most admirable qualities any man, woman or child can display... 

 

 

 

 

i embrace my bpst. im skatty as shit but i wouldnt change it for the world tbh , makes me me. as hard as that may be at times...

"the key to joy is disobedience" ;) 

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looking at al that writing is hurting my eyes loool the brain is a powerful thing an can draw some very intense strange feelings. depresion has consumed the most of my life al i have left is laughter  

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Sorry it's so long. I tried to make it shorter, but only managed to cut so much

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hah its fine @Jellopanda i was only joking. i read it. im out of likes mines always gone by about 10 am lol

 

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When it comes to depression there is a way of thinking about things that i find helpful.

In our society, by that i mean mainly western society, there's this great focus on happiness and that the main goal in life is happiness. While being happy feels great that's only one feeling and a small part of life. If a person went around being happy 100% of the time i would actually recommend her going to a psychiatrist to find out what was wrong with her. Also if we all were perfectly happy all the time we probably wouldn't be able to survive as a race, because we would have no motivation for doing anything with our lives or to improve our situation.

Negative feelings have their place too. Grief, anger, sadness, loneliness, shame, fear and so on all have their place. They may in fact be very helpful to us sometimes. In addition to that i think they put things in perspective and makes us appreciate the positive things in life more because we've experienced the other side of things. Negative feelings are experiences too and i think they enrich our lives

That is of course if you don't have them way to often, which is what you could say depression is. What i'm trying to do with my depression is simply to balance things out a little bit more so that i have more of a 50-50 ratio maybe of negative vs positive rather than say 90-10. But one shouldn't discount the negative feelings or spend all ones energy to avoid them completely.

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I went through weekly therapy for about 4 years, when I moved away from home and then filed for a divorce like 8 month later. Then my dad killed him self. I found that a combination of therapy and Prozac were most effective. 

However, I will say that mine was somewhat "situational." But once I got into therapy for divorce or grief, of course all this stuff from the past bubbled up. I found it immensely productive and helpful. Mine was mostly CBT as well. 

However I do know one person close to me (my love) who seems to have suffered major depression on and off his whole life. He's 55 now and against therapy and antidepressants. Which boggles my mind. It's just a lot of suffering. 

My best friend has severe and tremendous problems with anxiety. She's done some therapy, is on a variety of meds and now combines that with  "self-medicating." However, she has ongoing and relentless struggles with anxiety that cause her a lot of pain.

My mom has had depression and some anxiety and she benefits also remarkably from Prozac and general anti-anxiety meds. 

Just some experience and ideas ? to throw out there. Hugs.

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@ajmorgan99 

Oh my goodness, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your dad.  I would not know even where to begin to try coping with the magnitude of parental suicide.  Such a tragedy is already overwhelming, but occurring so soon after the trauma of divorce is a suffering beyond my comprehension.  Thank goodness you had access to counseling and anti-depressants and am so happy to hear it helped you through such immeasurable loss.

There's lots of wise advice in your post; thanks so much for posting.

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Thank you for the [email protected] Such kind words and grace from you. 

Im in a happy place now. But I almost did not survive those few years. Every day now is a bit of a gift. 

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