[Serious]People who managed to get out of longterm depression, how did you do it?

[Serious]People who managed to get out of longterm depression, how did you do it?

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  1. My husband has had depression for years and getting out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism) a few month ago has easily been the most effective “treatment” he has done so far. So… to make it more applicable to the general public. Remove yourself from a toxic situation… just keep in mind that the toxic situation might be masquerading as help.

  2. I’ve had it since I was 12 I think, suddenly videogames didn’t feel as appealing anymore while I loved playing them so much. It only got worse by getting older, it feels like I have to force myself to do things and keep myself busy. So I think in many cases it’s a life long thing that can be helped with medication

  3. Stopped smoking weed every day and actually started doing things with my life instead of staring at screens all day. Time outdoors, exercise, fresh air and hard work.

    Got really into a few different hobbies so I always have something to do, something to look forward to and things to think about.

  4. Meds, therapy, and time. Took about a year to find the right meds and they have been tweaked a bit over the last 20 years. Took about 4 therapists before I found one that didn’t piss me off.

    Good luck! It’s an amazing feeling when you suddenly don’t feel like complete shit.

  5. I feel like it’s an ongoing quest at times, but a huge chunk of it for me was realizing that even though I was doing meds, n counseling… The part that was really hurting me the most were the habits/routine of depression that I wasn’t moving past and still doing even at times of feeling good enough to not need the med boost, just the counseling.

    Also I will say that my dog helped a lot… Not that everyone should go get a pet irresponsibly… because they are a responsibility I didn’t see as negotiable just because I didn’t want to get out of bed and they got me outside of myself. You have to be really honest with yourself on that one though, because a pet shouldn’t be gotten just to be neglected.

  6. Was depressed pretty much my whole life until just a few months ago. This is what worked for me: limiting caffeine consumption to about 150mg a day (and no caffeine after about 3pm), getting a normal sleep schedule where I get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night, exercising almost every day, limiting sugar intake, cleaning up my diet (mostly. Little junk food every now and then is fine but if I’m eating junk every day I’m depressed), getting a cat, drinking tea often, showing my gut bacteria some love (probiotics), instilling some discipline in myself, and last but not least: meeting my girlfriend

    I would suggest reading up on instant gratification versus delayed gratification. It’s a simple but life changing difference in how you live your life

  7. Forcing myself to do things I enjoy even though I knew they wouldn’t be as enjoyable and that it was going to be hard to get started. I figured I’m going to feel depressed either way, regardless if I’m painting or just lying in bed staring at the ceiling, so might as well paint something… and slowly I started enjoying them more and inched my way out. Still didn’t go away, never will, but doing that shit makes it slightly more bearable

  8. Went to college, cut the ties to my old life and focused on emotional growth through deep talks with goods friends and guided meditation. Being happy became my number 1 priority. Now I‘m in a much better place but if you feel stuck, don‘t be afraid to ask for help. I wish I did. Humans are not meant to tackle every obstacle themselves. It‘s ok to ask for help if you can‘t do it alone. The most important thing is being honest with yourself and value yourself enough to be able to look at your feelings objectivly and recognize them as real and important.

  9. Change something, literally anything, about your routine. Find something that is fun, can be done alone and doesn’t have a time limit for a little hobby. I got into Lego, I know people who crochet/craft and even Hula Hoop. If you don’t want to be alone go to a class of some kind- learning can be a struggle but a language class or something gets you out and about again. Meditation and/or medication can help. It will get better.

  10. I began medicating with MMJ, it helped me come to realize that there will always be work to be done with yourself. And just because your brain reacts, it doesn’t mean you don’t get a chance to respond. A life of relative peace is new for humans, and thinking that everything is life or death isn’t a ridiculous notion for many people even today. MMJ helped me a lot with anxiety and chronic pain, most anything else for pain has bad long term side effects. Weed doesn’t really help numb my pain but it keeps me from suffering through it by giving me mental relief.

    There’s a lot of personal responsibility to take in life. There’s also a lot you don’t get a choice in, you can shut off a water tap in an instant, but it takes time to change the course of a river. The hard work of people before you have facilitated these feats as we accomplish them today. The things you suffer through alone, don’t need to be managed alone. people die of cancer alone, yet we seek to eradicate it collectively. By acknowledging this, we create tools for people in the future to benefit from, by saving yourself you can contribute to the future of mental health. This gives life purpose.

    Communication is the first skill you need to work on. Expressing yourself and understanding your feelings is the branch you use to reach when your arms are too short. I was a good communicator before depression hit me and I’ve seen how it’s served me well and hamstrung others as they struggle to work through their problems.

    My life has gotten harder, I’ve taken on more responsibility and have lost parts of my support system along the way. But today I feel proud of what I’ve done to carry on, and what the responsibilities I’ve taken on say about who I am. And I absolutely could not have done so alone.

  11. You never truly get over it. You learn to manage it and learn the warning signs of a major downswing so you can take measures to mitigate/prevent it.

    I’ve had major depression most of my life, and I’m a huge proponent of behavioral activation. Basically it’s the concept of “no zero days” where you do something meaningful every day. It works really well for me. In fact, there’s a neat game that helps people with it, made by MIT! https://guardians.media.mit.edu I highly recommend it.

  12. I wouldn’t say I got out of it. It was more like I was a rock skipping across a lake.

    Basically…meds. The skipping is from hopping from one to another as their effectiveness wanes.

    Therapy can help some people, but I didn’t have anything traumatic in my history.

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