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I have depression how can I make it not as bad

I'm definitely NOT gonna start taking meds for it I just need some ways I can be happy. please. help me

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Think about everything that made you happy in your past, and revisit that instance!

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find things you like to do. music, movies, a place that makes you happy..
try to solve the problems you have... there is something that is making you feel this way if you can pinpoint it, then you are one step closer to solving it

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I had depression for a long time and I finally broke out of it this December I though a psychotherapist would help but it only made it worse the trick is to talk about your probably and let it all out its better in my opinion to write it down whenever you feel like your breaking down then do something like watch tv or a movie you've never seen that's the only thing I was able to do I did talk therapy and I constantly had to talk about my depression and anxiety and that didn't help me at all it made me worse

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how long did you have depression?
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I can't remember it was a long time ago I had it for such a long time I can't remember and then it went away and came back for 4 months and it's gone and this time I for good I don't want to ever get that way again
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A dog will be your faithful companion for life. They don't ask you to explain yourself. They don't mind if you don't feel up to conversation. They are happy to be with you no matter what. They will love you & give you cuddles whenever you need them. They are the only animal that give up their own kind to be with you. They don't get grumpy if you wake them up & they will be loyal to you till the end.
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I've been depressed for almost 4 years now and it's just getting worse but hopefully it will get better
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I now live in country Victoria & so many local born & bred women have bipolar or depression down here. I wonder if living away from the city & the country isolation is part of the cause. Down here there also seems to be more autism in children as well.
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Is this recent? If so, and if you live where it has recently gotten gloomier and colder, you may have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). In such cases, light therapy can help.

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Another reason to move to Colorado sunny 359 days a year!
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True. I've never been; always wanted to go though. Maybe someday.
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Talk about your feelings to someone. Dont hold it in. It's okay to be sad. So just cry. You're not alone. Always keep in mind that life is a beautiful gift and there's many other people out there that have it worse then you so be thankful& count your blessings.

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good advice, I'll take it too.
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Yer, they say there's always someone worse off than you but I feel sorry for the person who looks round. & sees there's no one worse off than them. Now that would be enough to depress anyone.
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The road to depression recovery
Recovering from depression requires action. But taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like going for a walk or spending time with friends, can be exhausting.

It’s the Catch-22 of depression recovery. The things that help the most are the things that are most difficult to do. But there’s a difference between difficult and impossible.

Start small and stay focused
The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one.

Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up. And for all the energy you

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Well spoken. A burst of sunshine & fresh air can help make things seem less gloomy compared to locking yourself away in your room & pushing the people in your life who care about you away. Loneliness aids depression & while you may not feel up to socializing there is always a dog who will be happy to give you a Cuddle without asking for anything back. If you have a dog or cat spend lots of time with them. They will give you unconditional love no matter what.
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Walk. Every time you start to feel sad, go outside and walk briskly. Walk quickly enough that you would have a hard time carrying on a conversation. The exercise will release chemicals into your bloodstream that will help you feel better. If you can't walk outside, go up and down a staircase (basement maybe so you don't disturb others).

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That's bad I know someone who did this it doesn't help.he got upset on every stupid thing someone said because he was mad why nobody understands him. He kept on walking people said he is crazy. He heard it and it was hurting him!! He was trying what you said and he got into a depression attack and landed in hospital. He's on pills now.
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Then don't walk outside, walk in your house.
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Find something worthwhile in your life that you love, and whenever you're having a "down" think about it

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Just know someone out there is crazy for you. I'd like you to explain why.. I have some mental issues.. Like I was beat as a kid, I coped with obsessive drug use. Clean now but I'm a semi-skitzophrantic, and bipolar, along with that I live the life I do. Everything is messed up. Just know that one day you'll rise above and be able to look at the people who beat you down right in the eye and say I told you so.

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First and for sure get out and get active, walk 5 days a week for 30 minutes, better than any antidepressant... (wish I could take my own advice)
Second, do something to help others in need, even do the dishes and tidy up.
Declutter.
Geta passion going eg a greenhouse w herbs, a garden retreat, workshop, find a club.
Get laughing,
Get singing, search on www.youtube.com and follow other songs it offers with your choice)

Life is a bully, devote no more than 10% of energy fighting the problems and 90% to looking forward, accepting losses, painting a new and different picture of life and become contented (even just accepting fate)

Have kids, they strengthen you and you can put things right through their lives, plus endless loving cuddles.

A pet you raise from a few weeks is great, though I would suggest get a pair (of small short hair dogs) so theyhave mates when you are pooped.

Read Desiderata and trust it, don't try and have more than several good friends, don't worry what anyone else thinks or says, words can destroy people unless you know those who they say them are weak.

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My psychologist taught me say to myself a powerful "STOP" to any depressive thought and switch these thoughts to something happy, good, things that will make me feel happy. I did it and the results were amazing. I was going crazy with a problem that I was facing and after bring it to my psychologist he gave me this instruction and believe or not it brought me an impressive relieve.
Not only that but it also changed my behavior.

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Ok this is very interesting and helpful.
I found the same method online for stopping a panic attack you feel coming on (along with relaxing and taking long deep breaths).
I was also told to regard bad thoughts as a chatterbox you are toired of and get it to shut up.
I haven't tried the idea of turning the preoccupying thoughts into comedy or satire.
Thanks for sharing this wider use of an in-the-head STOP.
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I have had some success with forcing myself to think of happy loving times when things used to be right, people weren't passed on, people were kind, when success was easy and often, people took you seriously and valued you..... think on all that for 5 minutes before trying to sleep... your dreams will be better.


"I'm goin' back some day, gonna stay on Blue Bayou
Where the folks are fine and the world is mine on Blue Bayou"

Blue Bayou is soo valuable, do listen to it now.... pleazzze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceYjg1dy-h0
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I really don't know but don't let it get so bad where you start cutting! I've been struggling with Deperession since i was 13 Years old and it only gets worse I think maybe you should get a counselor or something

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Find some kind of exercise you really like and do it. Exercise releases endorphins, natural hormones that make you feel better. Don't be alone too much, being lonely makes you feel worse. Get plenty of good sleep and sunlight. Help other people with their problems, that can help you forget your own. Spend time with pets or animals, it actually reduces stress when you pet a dog or cat! Try meditation or yoga. And if NOTHING works you may have a chemical imbalance and need medicine to straighten it out. Depression is kind of like diabetes. Some diabetics can't control their blood sugar without medicine because their bodies just don't produce enough insulin. For some people, depression happens because their bodies don't produce the chemicals necessary to maintain a normal mood. If that's the case for you it will take medicine to control your symptoms and to feel better.

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( While I have never had a problem with depression)A loving dog is the answer to feeling sad, alone, depressed & unloved or not valued. They will make you smile with a wag of their tail. It amazes me how much my dog loves me. I'm so grateful to have her in my life . I would be lonely without her.

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I'm 14 I've been depressed for 4 years ever since I broke up with my girlfriend. I kept my depression a secret for years. So I know your pain

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Have you had it diagnosed now. Hiding it would have been terrible for you. It would have added even more stress on you. I hope you get on top of it & you get your teenage years back. Good luck.
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