Depressed.

  • AlexGuess

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    Apr 06, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    I need something to do right now, can't even breathe right );
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    Apr 06, 2010 2:33 PM GMT
    Read. Do a crossword. Do some crunches, push ups, dips. Draw. Write.

    The best way I've found to combating my depression that flairs up from time to time is to force myself to do things, even if I'm totally uninterested and would rather just lay in bed and see how long I can stop moving.
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    Apr 06, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    - Get outside now, and go for a walk
    - Contact your local ASPCA and offer to foster a dog or cat for a couple of weeks.
    - Call a friend and take them to a movie, or watch a movie at a friend's house (steer clear of movies like Beaches, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, etc.)
    - Go the the gym.
    - Why not get involved with a not-for-profit organization? Sometimes the best way to combat depression is to help others less fortunate than yourself.
    - Consider psychopharmacological options. Wellbutrin is my a.d. of choice, and now I'm a fucking ray of sunshine!
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    Apr 06, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    I agree. Do Something productive. Going Swimming is a good breath regulator and mind cleanser.
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    Apr 06, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders.


    http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/04/study_prescribing_exercise_can.html
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    Apr 06, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    go out and do something...that's how I deal with mine.
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    work out, scream, get some sun, talk it over (on here or with friends)
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    Yes, as others have said go do something...anything.

    As you do that something, ask yourself: What is causing my depression?

    It might be a list of things. It might be just one or two things. The key is to try to identify the root causes of your depression.

    Consider the value of going to a counselor or therapist to work through what you have identified so that you can get into solutions that can help you to deal with the root causes of your depression.

    Going to a counselor or therapist is not a sign of weakness. It is just the opposite. It is a sign of strength and maturity. Granted, we can probably work through the challenges in our lives on our own. However, just like when we're in an unfamiliar place how we may stop and ask for directions, we can ask a trained professional for directions to get us to where we want to be quicker.

    Don't let depression go unchecked.

    Know that whatever you're going through, that all things come to pass and not to stay.

    Please feel free to message me in private if you would like to further discuss your situation. I will be happy to share my own experiences with depression and how I overcome this very common mind state that affects millions of regular folks just like you and me. There is no shame in having depression. And, you don't have to live with it if you don't want to.

    Aloha and Be Well!

    Alan
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    I am just coming out of several years of medically-induced depression due to the meds for my cancer treatment.

    The actions that will snap you out of it fastest are:

    exercise

    bright light...like getting outside in the sun

    and keeping you mind occupied with whatever gives you pleasure...reading, some hobby...whatever. But the more of a sense of accomplishment it gives you, the better you will feel.
  • AlexGuess

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    Apr 07, 2010 8:53 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the replies, I feel a lot better now after hanging out with friends, and forgetting things I had to, I was physically attacked by my ex boyfriend, and lets not talk about all the emotional attacks he did too, I am not the type of person that gets depressed but God he sure is good at making you feel like crap.
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    Apr 07, 2010 9:06 AM GMT
    AlexGuess saidThanks for all the replies, I feel a lot better now after hanging out with friends, and forgetting things I had to, I was physically attacked by my ex boyfriend, and lets not talk about all the emotional attacks he did too, I am not the type of person that gets depressed but God he sure is good at making you feel like crap.


    There is no type of person that get depressed. It can happen to anyone, strong will or weak will, happy personality or not. It doesn't even need a reason to arise sometimes.

    All the advices above are good, nothing worse than inaction. As long as you have enough energy to fight depression induced procrastination, do it.
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    Apr 07, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    AlexGuess saidI was physically attacked by my ex boyfriend, and lets not talk about all the emotional attacks he did too,


    Alex, what you experienced is called Domestic Abuse. Specifically, you were subjected to physical violence and psychological abuse.

    I can understand what happened to you, because I have also been a victim of Domestic Abuse. I never thought it could happen to me. I'm well educated. I'm 6'1 male and a pretty strong guy with an "alpha" presence. My abuser was 5'5, 125lbs and on disability. Neither I, nor my abuser "fit" the stereotypical profile of domestic abuse.

    The abuser wants control over you and will do anything they can to keep you under control.

    If you still feel like you are under threat from this abuser, I strongly advise you to seek assistance from a not-for-profit domestic abuse organization. I did. It's a long story.

    In the end, I was able to get a permanent restraining order against my abuser and I have not heard from him since. This was back in September 2007.

    Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about my experience, or what you can do to free yourself from further domestic abuse.

    Aloha and Be Well!

    Alan
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    Apr 07, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Sorry about the ex situation. I had the verbal/emotional abuse, not physical, but it can be very damaging to your psyche. You need to surround yourself with people that respect and value you.

    And you need to exercise. Run your little heart out until you get that runner's high.