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Posted 7/20/13 , edited 7/20/13
when i get depressed my friends just say "FUCK THAT AND GET YOUR ASS OUT OF BED", i can rely on them but it gets scary sometimes
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Do you get depressed? How often do you feel truly down? What do you do to pick yourself back up again?

I don't get depressed, but I do research on the pharmacology of antidepressants. Here is my best advice:

If you're just kind of down right now, then you don't have to worry about it. Just keep yourself entertained while you wait it out. But if you believe that you are clinically depressed, or if you continue feeling this way for over a week, then try getting healthy. Eat right, exercise at least three times per week, and don't do drugs. Drinking moderately (2 beers/day) is a good idea. If that still doesn't work and your mood disorder is interfering with your life, then you should probably go see a doctor.

However if you think doctors suck and you don't want to be prescribed antidepressants, then you could start smoking. Or rather, chew some nicotine gum or something, as nicotine has antidepressant effects.

Someone who isn't me might suggest that you obtain some ketamine, as it has been used to treat ER patients with suicidal ideation and depression. But I wouldn't actually tell you to do that because it's illegal.
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Just need perspective. No matter how down you feel or how tough things are going, just realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse. It will help you appreciate the good things in your life.


So true my crunchy friend! No matter how bad a person may think they have it, someone ALWAYS has it worse. That in itself can be comforting at times.
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bensonc120 wrote:

Just need perspective. No matter how down you feel or how tough things are going, just realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse. It will help you appreciate the good things in your life.


So true my crunchy friend! No matter how bad a person may think they have it, someone ALWAYS has it worse. That in itself can be comforting at times.


It's funny how people always tell you to not compare yourself with other people who have it better in life. And whenever I'm whining people tell me to compare myself to other people who have it worse. I mean, what's up with that? xD Just because some people are under worse circumstances than you, does it mean you can't feel bad for yourself at all? To be honest, when I see other people who have it worse, that makes me even feel bad.

I sure do hope it was that easy changing ones' perspective though. Not that I'd like to change mine anymore because negativity is such a safe and comfortable zone. NOW COME TO THE DARK SIDE, MY FRIENDS HUEHUEHUE.

Nah, I kid. The world needs more people like you. Not that optimism alone can eliminate all the suffering in the world.
Posted 7/20/13

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chase6565 wrote:


bensonc120 wrote:

Just need perspective. No matter how down you feel or how tough things are going, just realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse. It will help you appreciate the good things in your life.


So true my crunchy friend! No matter how bad a person may think they have it, someone ALWAYS has it worse. That in itself can be comforting at times.


It's funny how people always tell you to not compare yourself with other people who have it better in life. And whenever I'm whining people tell me to compare myself to other people who have it worse. I mean, what's up with that? xD Just because some people are under worse circumstances than you, does it mean you can't feel bad for yourself at all? To be honest, when I see other people who have it worse, that makes me even feel bad.

I sure do hope it was that easy changing ones' perspective though. Not that I'd like to change mine anymore because negativity is such a safe and comfortable zone. NOW COME TO THE DARK SIDE, MY FRIENDS HUEHUEHUE.

Nah, I kid. The world needs more people like you. Not that optimism alone can eliminate all the suffering in the world.


Oh no, you can definitely feel bad for yourself! lol I know I do at points. But I know for me that when the going gets rough and I get to a certain point where I hit a all time low, taking myself out of the equation and looking at those who have it worse can sometimes help me get out of my mood. Sometimes it is the only way to get out of the mood. Like, for instance, when I am in a depressed mood I just think: "Wow, some people out there are in and out of hospitals every other day, blind, deaf, etc. and here I am sitting here upset because of stupid reasons caused by my own stupid mind?" Not that people are stupid for being depressed, but just realizing that your own life is even more beautiful than you can imagine can really go a long way, for me at least.

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I always find when I am feeling down or depressed, I usually do the whole return to nature thing. Gives me time to think on my own as well as get some good camping in.
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I was living by myself, wasn't taking calls from anyone for months. Generally I was a freaking mess.

Doctor wanted to put me on some drugs, but I just got a dog.

A gigantic great dane named Petite.

Now I'm as normal as the next guy.
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Posted 7/20/13

niarBaD wrote:

So, foreword towards the following post: I am a bit tipsy and drunk, and while I am normally a fairly happy drunk tonight has left me in disappointment and fighting off another bought of depression.

So rather than leaving a pointless post, I ask a few questions:

Do you get depressed? How often do you feel truly down? What do you do to pick yourself back up again?

Thankfully as of late I've grown accustomed to my lonesome life, I enjoy the time I spend with friends and generally accept my life as is. I fight to grow more as a person and the like, so I only hit true down times maybe once or twice a year (almost guaranteed around my birthday unless I'm actually doing something with friends).

The really nice thing about my simple yet complex-mind is that a good nights rest will put my worries far far away until something else brings them to the forefront. Distractions are wonderful till I get that good nights(or two) that I truly need, but all this feels like patchwork towards a distraught future. So I'm curious, what do you people do to deal with it? Is the only real solution patchwork till you get lucky enough to find that one that becomes a more permanent solution?


Well you do realize alcohol is a depressant drug right? (it makes you feel depressed)

For those with real depression seek professional help. Trust me I actually suffered from depression until I got help. you might think you can do it yourself but you can't it will only get worse. It hurts you and your friends...

Everyone will feel depressed at some point. It is called having a bad day...
Just look at the things you can do rather than the things you have done or things that have happened in the past. You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. If you don't like where you are headed change directions. If there is no path make one...
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I don't really get depressed. If I do get depressed it last all of about 5 minutes and then I don't really give a damn anymore.
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Well you do realize alcohol is a depressant drug right? (it makes you feel depressed)

This is incorrect. Alcohol does not make you feel depressed. Rather, alcohol is a CNS depressant, which means it raises the action potential threshold in your neurons and makes them less likely to fire. This is what causes the cognitive and psychomotor problems of drunkenness, but it's also what makes getting drunk fun. Also, there is evidence that moderate amounts of alcohol are protective against stress-induced memory impairment. I've got a research article from Hormones & Behavior if you're interested.
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I forgot most parts of my depression years ago.. I mostly remember that it is good to stay busy and do your best not to move friends and family out of your life. Also try to find a possible group where others are going through the same thing...I dealt with my depression alone and it took a lot longer than it needed to because of my arrogance and refusal to let others in or help me(I tried too hard to do it all by myself). I some how got through it, but the social anxiety disorder that followed was another story. I HAD to get help with my anxiety issues and I joined group sessions...took about a year, but I'm better now socially than I was before my SAD. I faced my fears day by day and refused to give up because it was soo debilitating to my everyday life(the pain of facing my fears and changing were far less than being in that condition for the rest of my life). It was litter ally my worst fear...more so than death, so now there is almost nothing I fear now.

I hope this can help out in some way. Its just every time I think about how I was I feel soo bad for those in that situation.
Minor depression is normal depending on the situation, but when it goes on for a long time...be careful not to fall deeper and deeper in it for it is hard to come back from.
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I suffered from depression throughout high school, with some severe symptoms (cutting and later suicide attempt.)

Now though, I don't suffer from depression. I took the time to learn about myself, figuring out why I ended up the way I did and was able to come to terms with it.

That's the only real "solution" for depression. The problem is not everyone can do it, it takes time and some real effort to come to terms with yourself and realize the things you missed that led you to the point you are at. I'm not going to go into detail, but for me the experience that triggered my depression occurred when I was pretty young and didn't understand what was going on. When I figured out later in life what had happened everything else sort of came together. So if you are trying to figure out your own issues you may have to look fairly deep within yourself.

A lot of people will call this B.S., and say not to listen, but it is the truth of my experience. So to anyone really feeling depressed I hope you can find the reason. Being able to be happy again is the best thing in my life, and I wish the same for everyone else.
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Doctor visits, meds, some therapy, and always keeping busy.

I always have something I need to work on purposely so if I get down I have some sort of distraction. Some meds can help. I've been on a few different antidepressants. Some have worked for a decent amount of time while others failed miserably. I also have Klonopin and Fanapt for anxiety and...other issues.
Posted 7/21/13
The aliens make you depressed, ignore them.
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I don't suffer from depression or anything but when I was born I caused my mum to have postnatal depression which she unknowingly suffered with it for 3 years before doctors were able to diagnose her ( It wasn't their fault it took so long but it was just unknown at the time). It was really hard for her and she had trouble looking at me and she just generally didn't want to be near me but didn't understand why and even after she was on anti-depressants it took her til I was about 8 years old to pull through and get out of bed and try and fight really hard to make a difference and I'm incredibly proud of her. I don't think it's good for people to bottle it up and I know it is so hard for them but they do need to find someone to talk through it with them so they can just get that little push of motivation.

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