>>25982302 For me, it was a matter of time between me and the event that caused my initial depression, and developing coping mechanisms for my life and events afterwards. The coping mechanisms helped me deal with other, unrelated things that may have otherwise begun a cycle.
However, I really can't stress enough that depression isn't always the same. My depression was clear-cut caused by something, so I could deal with it.
Do you know why you're depressed? Is it something specific? Or are you an unfortunate person who has issues with brain function/chemistry? If you don't know, go see someone.
While always important to have coping mechanisms, they won't always cut it, especially if you have issues with dopamine balance (one of the causes of clinical depression).
>tl;dr if there's a reason, try to get over it, and if your brain is sick, go to a shrink and find ways to treat it, cause trying to beat clinical depression on your own is difficult at best
Dreams. Actual sleeping experiences, not "goals" or "hopes". I don't care about those. The only journal I ever kept was a dream journal. That's where all the action happened. "Real life" was just me sitting in front of screens or buried in books.
Not even depressed, but keeping a dream journal has made me inmensely happy and always puts me in a good mood. Especially now that I can remember 2-3 dreams per night, with at least one of those with perfrct clarity.
>>25982545 You can't imagine depression until you're in it, and once you're in it you're stuck in it forever. We can't discuss how to escape depression any more than we can discuss how to escape a black hole. Once you're in it, you're fucked.
So there's two types of people in this thread, depressed robots, and normies who think depression doesn't exist. The people who have escaped depression are dead.
I wrote a song. It's really catchy and it says "I don't give a fuck, who gives a fuck". Every time something negative happened I sung to myself "I don't give a fuck, who gives a fuck" in my mind and then stopped caring. Eventually instead of being sad I was just neutral. It took several months but nowadays I just don't care about things instead of depressing myself. I'm still a miserable excuse of a person but at least I don't give a shit.
Any of you guys on SSRIs? I'm trying lexapro right now and I don't feel much different. I guess a bit happier but I'm quickly losing that. Also, how many did you guys try till you found one that worked?
I'm not out of the woods, yet, but I changed a lot by going back to school, using mushrooms once, and getting out of my comfort zone by going on a road trip to visit a friend in another state.
It's not much, but it's... something, I guess. At the very least, I'm no longer going weeks at a time without bathing or brushing my teeth, like I used to.
Beyond that, it helps to have a sort of end goal. I've always wanted to travel: I've always wanted to just kind of "escape". At some point in my life, I want to hike the Appalachian Trail. I want to visit Europe. I don't want to stay in Iowa for the rest of my life. I'm doing what I can to see that happen.
Sorry. I don't know what else to say. I've made progress, but that's not really saying much. I'm still fucked up by society's standards. I still have nothing to offer. I'm still not good enough.
>>25982302 I was so miserable I had nothing left to lose. I quit my job, stopped getting blackout drunk every night, sold all my shit, stayed with my parents a little while, knocked over an online diploma, then booked flights to go do volunteer work in south east Asia.
Suicide = stopping doing all the Shit you were doing
I just achieved the same result without making my family cry.
And if it doesn't work out there's always suicide.
If you truly have nothing to lose, change everything. Hitch hike to the other side of the continent and become a farmer or a ski instructor or a mortician or something. Anything.
Fucking around with lots of over-the-counter supplements. Not because they always work or work very well, but they do make a difference, and since they make a difference, it's clear the problem is chemical.
So I can just say "the chemicals in my brain are screwy at the moment" when I'm feeling down.
It's also fun to try various combinations of them like a scientist.
Don't worry, eventually you will 've depressed for so long that you will stop caring about the things that are making you depressed. You will grow to eventually realize you don't really want those things and will see the pointless in everything. You'll just become an empty apathetic husk who periodically slips back into depression because everything is pointless to you and you care about nothing, but then you will get out of it when you realize that is pointless too.
If you ever become truly depressed, not normie or clinical "depression", you will never be able to go back to the person you once were. There's no getting over it and there is no maintaining consistent happieness. Real depression changes you and prevents you from ever having significant prolonged happiness again. Your world view is tainted, and you will always come to the realization that everything is meaningless and you will stop caring.
I'm not quite sure I can't remember, it just stopped. I was on effexor xr 300mg and i was getting some messed side effects, brain zaps, couldn't sleep, didn't feel anything. I was just numb all the time, in a zombie-like state constantly. Which was good because it stopped me from killing myself somehow. I pushed away all my friends and family but didn't care. But the brain zaps were getting really annoying so I decided to ween myself off it and afterwards I can't remember how I felt? I'm still here so I couldn't have been too depressed. I have one friend that i rarely talk to but don't care, it's like it has changed me and my personality. Because i would be catching up with friends during the week and always busy on the weekend. I have stage 3 adrenal fatigue from years of caffeine abuse, so i don't feel happy or sad now, just angry every now and then. I'm not depressed anymore but I don't really feel alive.
If you live in America you could try to see a psychoanalyst. I think that practice is more prevailent over there, you might even find one still called a psychoanalyst, over here in Norway they have to dress it up and call themselves psychodynamic therapists or whatever.
Will probably be pretty expensive and take 3-5 years.
Will probably be pretty difficult as well, depending on how fucked up you are
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