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    Sep 11, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    What do you guys do when you are depressed? Woke up feeling incredibly sad and down today. Just wondering. Nothing serious but looking to break out of it.
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidWhat do you guys do when you are depressed? Woke up feeling incredibly sad and down today. Just wondering. Nothing serious but looking to break out of it.



    Well, I guess what you do about it would depend partly on why you feel sad and down.

    -Doug
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    ^ I agree
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidWhat do you guys do when you are depressed? Woke up feeling incredibly sad and down today. Just wondering. Nothing serious but looking to break out of it.



    Go for a run or a bike ride, or just get outside to breathe the fresh air. It works wonders
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    Hmmm...well before I suggest anything, why are you feeling sad and down today?

    *gives shoulder rub*
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    Smoke
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    Try doing a morning stretch and force a smile while looking at a mirror...They say when you look at yourself and smile, you can induce calm and more elevated good mood.
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    Sep 11, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    Cardio

  • ATXnative

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    Sep 11, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidTry doing a morning stretch and force a smile while looking at a mirror...They say when you look at yourself and smile, you can induce calm and more elevated good mood.


    Yeah when I do it I yell at myself to be happy, it takes away the pain.
  • ATXnative

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    Sep 11, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    seriously though, just go do something fun. like working out or paddleboarding
  • wild_sky360

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    Sep 11, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    Start by turning off the tv and radio, and probably your computer too, today.

    To God, the universe, the planet...whatever:
    Offer up a silent prayer of gratitude for all the blessings in your life
  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 11, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Why are you guys depressed? You're white, smile.
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    Hmm happened to me 2 days ago ... especially when i take an afternoon nap ... well i just hope the day pass fast cuz when i am depressed i just be so stupid !
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidWhy are you guys depressed? You're white, smile.


    What does being white has to do with all these? .... like being black should be a cause for being depressed... I am sorry I just don't get it.
  • trl_

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    Sep 11, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    I hate to be sassy and I mean this to help, but I think there needs to be a line drawn between 'depressed' and 'down'/'blue'.

    People I often see use the word 'depressed' to mean a sad mood, almost akin to how people say "I love ice cream".

    You in fact are not infatuated romantically, sexually, and amiably with ice cream. You just enjoy it. Much as someone who is 'depressed' usually means they are just a bit down for a day or two which is just as normal as liking ice cream. (I would think it abnormal if you actually loved ice cream, just as depression is abnormal, in terms of it being an illness.)

    As someone who has experienced depression, I think it does everyone a disservice to misname sadness/'being down' for depression. Those who are merely sad about something may begin to worry uselessly about a condition they don't have, or may begin to worry others because of their choice of word. Those who are depressed look like run-of-the-mill sad Eeyore types who have made a choice to be down: "If so-and-so is 'depressed' too, but manages to lead a normal life, why can't you as well?"

    Depression is a serious mental illness that has clear physical and psychological symptoms. This isn't the case with being merely sad, especially if it truly is nothing serious, as you mentioned.
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    ^^^
    Noted and agreed.

    My take was that this feeling was transient as well. My observation is that the anniversary today, has had an emotional effect on many of us here all week. If not strictly for the trauma inflicted, but for the ten years of vengeance amplified in the 1,000's of degrees, with mostly innocents bearing the brunt of it.
    It's a sorrow for the world.

    My advice implied that you don't have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, if it's too much to bear. But, do something that restores peace to your heart.
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    I think it's perfectly normal to be depressed today (9/11 anniversary).

    Now if it's long term, say for several months on end, that is a different story. How long have you been feeling like this?
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    I understand what you mean, Fizzle, and I'm inclined to agree, but at the same time, if someone is feeling really down and blue for a couple days, that can correctly be called "depression". To suffer from depression as a disorder is Chronic Depression or a Depressive disorder. But it can indeed be misleading because most people don't differentiate between a depressive disorder and the transient mood.

    As for what to do to help you on a blue day? Exercise is the main thing, as well as activities you can get lost in... read a book, get out and socialize even if you have to kick your ass out the door to do it against your own will.
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidWhy are you guys depressed? You're white, smile.
    lmao
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    Sep 11, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    Answering your question 100% honestly...if you wake up feeling sad for absolutely no reason you can identify

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    Sep 11, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    fizzle saidDepression is a serious mental illness that has clear physical and psychological symptoms. This isn't the case with being merely sad, especially if it truly is nothing serious, as you mentioned.
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    I have clinical depression and to help keep myself away from thoughts of suicide and how much the entire fucking world sucks I focus on the one thing I love more than anything else in the world - fashion.

    If you're feeling sad or down, think for a few minutes about what it is in the world that makes you feel good every time you do it - the one thing that motivates you when you've lost all motivation.
    Then do something that relates to your interests.

    My choices of activities relevant to my interests:
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    ~*~RETAIL THERAPY!!!~*~

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    ~*~PLAY DRESS-UP!!!~*~

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    ~*~BLOG ABOUT IT!!!~*~
  • wild_sky360

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    Sep 11, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    Anduru said

    If you're feeling sad or down, think for a few minutes about what it is in the world that makes you feel good every time you do it - the one thing that motivates you when you've lost all motivation.


    That is what I used to do too, but I've yet to find a substitute for this in the Midwest
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    Sep 12, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    MsclDrew saidAnswering your question 100% honestly...if you wake up feeling sad for absolutely no reason you can identify

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    Lexapro helped me through a nightmarish job that ultimately fell apart.

    I may live longer because of the stress it saved me.

    This is the drug I would slip a man if I was a woman and wanted him to "last longer".

    Maybe its my old age. But, Lexapro makes mental focus difficult, which you need to reach a climax.

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    Sep 12, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    canadaguy48_vic saidWhat do you guys do when you are depressed? Woke up feeling incredibly sad and down today. Just wondering. Nothing serious but looking to break out of it.

    If it's not serious, just get different hormones going in your body. Do some exercise, get fresh air (go for walk, bike ride, walk the mall), smile, make yourself laugh (or have someone else make you laugh), get tickled, do something you enjoy, talk to a friend, sing some up-beat songs, listen to fun music, serve someone in need, give and be generous, and most importantly of all, give thanks. The list goes on. Use your imagination. icon_biggrin.gif

    Or just pretend you're a greeter at Walmart... that'll always do it.

    Just don't throw a pity party with depressing music or be around other depressing, whining, complaining people. icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 12, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    The best way to get out of a depressed mood is to leave the house... if you stay inside you are going to feel worse, especially if there is nobody around. Even if it is just going for a walk by yourself... at least you know you are doing "something" rather than wallowing and being alone. That is is the worst part about not going anywhere... you feel like a prisoner in your own environment. If you feel depressed, do something you do not want to do (force yourself to do it) such as calling up a friend to have coffee, running some errands on your "to-do" list or starting something at work that you have been putting off for a while. As hard as it is to do, if you keep your mind busy, you'll have less time to focus on being sad, and eventually the sense of accomplishment you'll feel from just doing something will alleviate those melancholy feelings.