Depression is shit. But in all honesty. I’m glad I have been there and got the t-shirt. I’m a better stronger person for having experienced it.
Mine was heavily influenced by anxiety at the time (I’m still an anxious person but I’ve taught myself how to control it). I had counselling as I didn’t want medicine. the coucelling helped, but it was trying to make me look outside of myself for the solution. I stopped after a while.
How I dealt with it.
1-(the most important in my eyes)- You get shitty thoughts? shitty feelings? Don’t fight them off or push them away or try to ignore it and “be happy” - They come back stronger and in larger numbers. Accept them fully, invite them in, examine them, get to the root of it. Realize it was just a thought… a feeling, and just like good happy thoughts its just a fleeting moment in your life. Stuff gets better.
2- Got a job doing something I had always hated and caused me a lot of anxiety. Pushed through it still hate it, but I can handle it. I find confronting what makes me anxious helps - within reason (A bear would make me anxious, I’m not going to fight it) In my case, talking to random people,
3- LEARNING to not care too much about what others thought of me. (Completely different to aggressively stating “I don’t give a F**k” etc etc)
4- Just being. (simlair to number 1 - just be)
5- Find someting that empassions/interests you and lights a little spark inside that black hole your in. Make it part of your life. Use it as kindling to light a flame inside you again. It can be anything.
I know everyone is different and different things work for different people, but I hope you get sorted out.[/quote]
I am impressed with the understanding that you and others have shown me truely. I like what you had to say about ignite a little spark, nice! I like that you said “stuff gets better”
you know when your feeling so low you don’t think that this will pass or you will get over it. The mind is powerful and it finds its way into a tome of suffering.
My depression, exhaustion is the result of anxiety coupled with some physical injury and more stress from being sick with the flu, things just added up.
When one is in depression it has a different feel than when ones mood is running “normally”.