How do you keep yourself alright when you're in a depression phase? I know how to keep depression away through exercise, productivity and abstinence from drugs, but sometimes I fail and I snort a line or smoke a blunt or drink a bottle, and I fall down again...
I know I'm going to be better in a few days, I just need tips on going through this. I feel awful, lonely, desperate, worthless, my head hurts, I'm on the edge of tears constantly.
I can't even keep my mind straight on the Visual Studio. I can't concentrate on anything, I just want to take those bromazepam pills from my grandma and mix them with a bottle of wine (an hero).
How do you deal with your depression phases?
Don't use drugs to get out of depression it makes things much worse, I go lighter on the alcohol when I am depressed. Force yourself to do things you are normally interested in regardless if you think it's pointless and you will get out of it faster. Try to stay in motion best you can as well, I'll admit I still collapse when depressed but I try to limit how long I stay collapsed.
I know. I never do it intentionally - last night it was a situation that it was birthday of a good friend of mine's, and my best friend offered me a joint, I refused but he said "if you feel like it, we'll be there behind" and went behind the bar. After few minutes I thought that one hit would do me no harm and it would cheer me up, so I went and took a smoke.
That hit had loosened me up, so when the next joint appeared I took 2-3 more hits and was pretty stoned afterwards. Then I lost my though-control and started thinking about a lot of negative stuff which led to depression.
How do I prevent this?
It gets better.
Stop smoking all together, it doesn't help.
Drink 3 times a week, once lightly, once medium and once heavily. Heavily does not mean black out drunk. Drinking cider/beer is better than spirits.
Make sure you see your friends. Let them know what's going on.
Make sure you get out of the house often.
Make sure you shower every day in the morning
These aren't gaurenteed ways to feel better, but I know they help me.
Eat something - preferably protein. Eggs, hamburger, peanut butter, nuts. It will help stabilize your blood sugar.
Have plenty of liquids, nonalcoholic, not too much sugar. Ice tea, milk, water, hot tea.
I struggle with depression. I pray and God listens to me. It's reassuring to know that He hears me. Unfortunately, it doesn't always get me out of my bed. I really do love the other poster's idea of getting on a bus, watching the scenery and just being someplace other than my apartment.. We don't have buses in our area. I think that I'll call my psychiatrist and ask him to increase my dosage of antidepressant. Depression is not for sissies. It's really difficult.