Hey /lit/. Couple of weeks ago my girlfriend left me. I'm not taking it so well. Went to the doctor's and was diagnosed with Major Depression. Are there any books that you have found that have helped you through a similar situation? Or even a book that has brightened your outlook on life? I'm not a seasoned reader and I have very little sense of direction when it comes to choosing books. Help me /lit/, you're my only hope. I don't know how to hold these feels.
First of all, don't let them poison you with meds unless you literally can't make it out of bed. Second, I recommend Notes from the Underground so you can feel like you have some company in your misery. Also, don't worry; time really will sweep the feelings away. Some things you just have to endure.
This is probably the wrong board for this, but I can't watch the brother suffer.
1. As already written above, stay off the meds. They don't work like you think they work, and are a cure in the same way as an amputation is a cure for a rash on your arm. Furthermore, they do permanent damage to your brain and you develop a crippling addiction.
2. Battle it yourself. There is a cursed circle of pain: you tell your friends about your condition, they become alienated because they can't empathize, and you feel even worse as a result. This is a one-man war and it's possible to win.
3. WOrst thing about depression is when you don't understand its nature. A hidden enemy is much more formidabble. For starters, I'll recomend Book of Disquiet, an old /lit/ favorite. Perhaps you'll learn a few important lessons from it.
Not that anon but they were all good points, I'd just add a recommendation of Epictetus to the mix. Basic self-governance and emotional reserve. It will definitely help more than hurt in a situation like yours. Give it a read.
I don't know that literature should be used as a form of mental therapy. Read whatever you would like to read, read about something you want to know about.
I imagine different books will make people feel very different ways. If you know someone who you admire or someone who you think is similar to yourself, ask them for a book suggestion.
But also, don't ask 4chan for medical advice, listen to a therapist or doctor. PLEASE.
I'm sorry to tell you this underage anon but Moot sold 4chan. The haet machine party has officially come and gone. Stop trying to hold onto the spirit of yesteryear you little dweeb fuck.
Bumping with a question of my own. I don't think I'm quite depressed, I just can't seem to find the purpose in anything and it's quite disheartening. I'm struggling to exactly put my finger on the source of my struggle, I've achieved, I've got friends, etc etc... But I still feel so empty and purposeless inside. Any recommendations for literature on that or a similar topic?
Take times like this as a chance to review what sort of things you've valued so far, what things you've been putting all your energy into. See if there's a different way you can approach things. Meditation should be able to help you too, get your mind clear and surface up new facets of thought. Hope this helps