What is a actually realistic advice for people struggling with depression?
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Staying active and forcing yourself out for 1-3 hours a day.
One. Day. At. A. Time.
Find something you enjoy or gives you a moment’s pleasure – LIVE in the little things.
Reach out. Talk.
Most importantly, always remember it comes in cycles. You cannot and will not be down the well forever. Your body simply won’t do that to you. One day at a time, and then one of those days will be better than the last.
Talk to your doctor and ask to be physically evaluated and to be referred to a therapist. The physical exam is so they can obtain a baseline situation on your body and to see what is going on physically.
Once you get to the therapist tell him/her that you’re depressed now and for how long.
Anhedonia is not finding pleasure in stuff you do right now. This funny looking word is one of the things that is happening to you now.
You’re going to be asked about why you feel depressed and you will be asked questions to try for you to figure out why you’re feeling this way.
If you need help, your therapist in concert with a psychiatrist might prescribe medication. Do inform yourself about those medications. Ask about the side effects. Do take them.
Sorry you’re going through this. Good thoughts going your way.
Please, do take care of yourself. Regards.
Get help. Depression is a huge family of conditions, lumped together under one name because we have difficulty telling them apart. No single piece of advice will work for everyone, because there are too many variants for there to be any universals. The first step, therefore, is identifying what works for you, and this is difficult and dangerous to do alone.
Little steps. Room is a mess? Clean all the rubbish/trash. Don’t worry about picking up clothes etc today. The rubbish is enough and it’s an achievement. Do the same every day. Just little bits.
Eventually you are doing all the little bits a day and it’s just routine. You don’t even think about it. Your place is clean. A clean house does wonders for the soul.
Next step is sleeping properly. Set yourself a bed time, and stick to it. Say 11pm. It doesn’t matter if you manage to sleep. Just make sure you are in bed with everything off at 11. If you get back up and watch tv etc, that’s fine. But over time, your body gets used to that being the time you should switch off and sleep.
Walking. People underestimate how beneficial walking is. As with the others, start small. A little walk each day to get the heart pumping and lungs working. Aim to increase by 5 minutes a day.
Limit social media. That shit wrecks your mind.
Read books in a quiet place.
And most importantly, contact a mental health service. Also, speak to your friends and family about it. But avoid talking to other depressed people about your depression. You end up in a sort of self pity circle and feed each others depression. You convince each other that the things you are doing are normal. They aren’t normal. When we are depressed we are broken and need to be fixed.
To sum up, little by little. Don’t feel shitty because you feel like you didn’t do much. Speak to people. Get out.
I have moderate depression, so I don’t know how well this works for everyone, but I’d say making habits and building up streaks.
Get a piece of paper or an app on your phone that keeps track of all of your habits. Start with the easy stuff: getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, and mark it down if you did that stuff for today. Focus on building up a streak, and when you’re comfortable with those streaks, add more habits (going for a walk, cleaning, spending an hour on a new skill).
This doesn’t make your life better automatically, but it helps add structure to your life when you’re unemployed/depressed.
I’d also recommend diaphragmatic breathing whenever you feel like you’re about to have an episode. Stop what you’re doing, straighten your back, and breathe in slowly until you feel your belly puff out. Breathe out slowly, and repeat that until you feel yourself calm down. The trick is identifying when the episode is about to occur so you can calm yourself down before it gets too bad. I’d often let my anger/anxiety get out of control before I even tried to calm down. Don’t do that; pay attention to how you feel before you start punching walls or thinking terrible thoughts.
Just to add to everything else, exercise works. Even if you’re just going for a short walk to begin with.
A draining man drowns because he stayed in the water
Hi, I’m a long time depressed person (with a diagnosis), and I’ve only really had success with physical exercise. And quitting drugs and drinking, that one is harder and a longer story.
Do the work.
None. There is no fuckin advice. Ugh.
Just be a bro and be supportive. Everyone has a down period. Making it into a big thing only prolongs it.
Be supportive. Let people deal and crawl out of it on their own.
Depression is a coping skill.
If you’re depressed, you’re not letting go of something. Figure out what it is, forgive, and move on.
Yep I left all my bad habits when I was involve with cycling. Now I can see myself a lot better. U don’t get heal u just have to minimize the symptoms and your emotions with the trauma.