>>16849916 Mine did. I had pretty bad depression and anxiety for years after hard drug addiction and a near fatal accident.
Things that helped me: Forcing myself to do shit (be active). Don't sit around inside all day and don't play vidya/browse the internet all day. Don't think about problems or anything negative. Break the habit. The minute it starts happening try to distract yourself. Force yourself to go for a run/walk, clean the house, turn some good music up really loud, etc. I found that keeping my body moving (and requiring usage of the brain) would distract me enough to stop falling into a more depressed state. Can be hard to start doing but once you break the initial habit it becomes easy.
Things that made it worse: Smoking weed. Fuck that shit. Going out drinking. I'd always feel depressed again at the end of the night.
Not diagnosed but I've had on/off depressed feelings for some years now. I didn't and still don't know where to go or what to do in life so I thought the military (which I've always been interested in joining for as long as I can remember) would be a good place to give me purpose and get away from home. I went Coast Guard, got in shape, remembered shit in a book but only a few weeks into boot camp and it made my depression way worse. I had daily suicidal thoughts and got discharged. Now I'm back to square one; 19yrs old, no college, no car. Just a basic job.
Some days I feel great, some I feel so-so, then some I feel either bad all day or good one half of the day and bad the rest. If I start feeling like I want to kill myself then I remind myself if I'm going to do that, I'm going to get on a bus/train or travel in some way so at least I'll have experienced something I don't have the means to do otherwise. Plus I've been wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle, I try to use these as distractions and keep a little faith alive.
I'm definitely not going to a doctor. I'm trying to learn to code and get good with Linux but I'm a slow learner with that shit. My current friends end up drinking and smoking on whatever weekend we can get together but I'm not super social. I'm not awkward but the majority of my interests are so different from theirs that I can't find anyone to relate to. I just wished I lived more near a city so I could easily get together with techy people or some shit. Right now my two "best" friends are Midwest US, I've known them almost 8 years now, met on Steam. We've wanted to meet up but I have to figure out a travel plan, so that's something I guess.
TL;DR OP, no it does not. I like the "being active" idea to clear my head. What I like to do when I'm feeling shitty is to put on some good music. Pick one of your favorite bands or any kind of music that you're familiar with and think of good times.
>>16849916 >Does depression go away on its own some time? To answer this question, we need to make a distinction between the family of conditions we call "depression" and the feelings we associate with it.
The feelings, you see, are not alien modes of thought. Most people have experienced them at some point, most often after losing loved ones. In people who don't have "depression", those feelings do go away with time, or at least cease to take center stage.
The conditions we call "depression" are about what happens when these feelings go out of whack. Major Depressive Disorder, for example, is when feelings akin to the initial shock strike suddenly, and seemingly at random (randomness is important; if you can pinpoint why they happen, that's something else). Dysthymia is more like the feelings of two days later, when the first shock is gone but you're still very much Not Okay, but it gets stuck in your head like a song or The Game, and you can't ever get it out. There are other forms, and they work in other ways.
So to answer your question, OP: the feelings normally go away on their own, but if they do, then you didn't have depression. If you do have it, then the only way out is treatment: not necessarily pills (though some people do need them), but some form of professional mental health care.
>one of those people that only gets out of bed to use the bathroom and eat enough calories to get by Was me for almost all of last year.
I passively waited for it to go away for a while, but it just kept getting worse, and doing shit that was good for me (exercising, leaving the house) just seemed impossible, and every failure to snap out of it and be normal for a day just made things worse. So I pretty much set the bar as low as humanly possible, shit that's impossible to NOT achieve ("today's goal: have been standing for a total of 5 minutes by the end of the day." I'm not exaggerating), and then on top of that, make it my job to feel good about achieving it and to acknowledge that it was possible, and really focus on that feeling and fact instead of just beating myself up or feeling numb. Very very slowly, my scope of possibility started to widen and I pushed the boundaries.
This Ted Talk really inspired me, I stumbled onto it ages ago when it seemed impossible that I'd ever need it, but it probably saved my life. It takes something as ridiculously simple and easy as lifting your arms for a few seconds or shaking someones hand, and turns it into a proud, legitimately life-benefiting achievement, and a place to build yourself up from. It doesn't get much more achievable than that. https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life?language=en
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