gym_dude saidMedication is so over-prescribed it's frightening & should only be used as a last resort IMO. Try to establish the cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms....
There's lots of self help groups out there etc
... & it's well known that exercise is very beneficial for treating depression.
I agree with this. Medications scare the bejeezus out of me. Northrunner has a lot of good thoughts and suggestions as we;;.
I think to defeat the monster you have to recognize when it's speaking to you, and separate "it" from yourself. I know it sounds crazy because it is you, but it's the side of you that's not well, and it's not really "you" persay.
If I think to myself "I want to lay in bed all day." I'll check in with reality and what I REALLY want to do is get up, open the blinds and some windows. Then I want to get out into the sunshine for a run, or a walk with the dogs etc. You get my point. Sometimes you just have to fake it til you make it. The monster while cunning isn't very bright and is easily fooled. The one thing I've learned about the self defeating voice is that it has no rationale, and it's a coward. It's primary purpose is to suck the life out of you. The second something positive comes to light it runs and hides like a vampire at daybreak.
It sucks, but it makes you stronger if you make the right choices. Life is worth living, and not just surviving. There's a huge difference so do everything you can to feel alive. It's well worth it.