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How to Deal With Depression?

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by crc3thebest, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. johnny

    johnny Member

    I know exactly where you're coming from. When you're in that moment of deep depression it can feel like you'll never get out. My trick was to do all I could to take a step back and try to relax as best I could. What I would do was to to try to visualize myself in the future looking back at it, and feeling a sense of empowerment because I got through it. Because of that I was able to move on, and do good things for people that depend me as well as better myself as an individual.
  2. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    I found that it is better for me to let my depression run wild during certain time of the day. Rather than suppressing it and being all cheerful all the time, I always think a good balance between depressing thoughts and happy thoughts is necessary for a healthier mind. I understand though that some cases of depression are completely in the area of advanced medical science and cannot be cured by psychological tricks alone.
  3. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    I think that counting your gains while quitting an addiction is the best thing you can do out there. There's nothing better than turning a loss into a gain, when you see all the good things you start feeling better.
  4. smartmom

    smartmom Senior Contributor

    Maybe if you could try to think about the outcome. Think about how your life will change when you become clean. Yes going through this part will be hard but there is victory on the other side of the storm. None of us are free from making mistakes in our lives. Sometimes we have to clean up where we've messed up but there is hope and second chances. Sometimes even third and fourth but we must begin again, not beat up on ourselves, and start over. Life is an uphill journey but if we do not give up we will make it to the top.
  5. kylekur22

    kylekur22 Member

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling like your hurting yourself even more. It's tough, but seriously it will change if you change your mindset and way of thinking. It takes time it won't happen overnight, but trust me it will be worth it!
  6. Jenga

    Jenga Active Contributor

    Honestly, I used weed to help cope with the depression. That combined with trying to live a normal healthy lifestyle with the person I love. Eating healthy, exercise and spending more time with her really helped me, more than anything else I reckon. I don't feel like I need to depend on anything anymore.
  7. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    Depression by definition means that we're suffering fromthe symptoms at least two weeks, so it's kind of long-term.
    The solutions that I've come across (but I'm not giving anyone medical advice) are medications, coping therapy and some others.

    As to its association with drugs, I really don't know, and am ready to learn.
  8. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    It is very hard to do, but the good news is that if you get the right type of help - which you absolutely MUST do - there is every chance that you will be able to overcome it. Making an appointment with your doctor is key, as they can give you advice depending on the stage of addiction that you're at. You should also try to keep yourself busy, as I have personally found that I am much more likely to crave if I have nothing better to do. So keep your mind and body active when at all possible, and you should find that this helps.
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  9. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    Yes, you give the best alternative solution to the whole problem, that's to go to a doctor, and also the tip on engaging your brain, so that it doesn't crave. I suggest doing some painting, write a piece, or something creative that might take your mind away, and help you cope with your addiction. It'll keep your depression away too.
  10. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    I think the best steps to take for dealing with depression are:

    Life-style changes.
    Visiting the local specialist.
    Coping therapy.

    Those are my guide to dealing with depression. Hear the cat, tells the truth.
  11. SarahWorksAtHome

    SarahWorksAtHome Community Champion

    Count your blessings! Remember the good things in your life. They are there, you just have to see them for what they are.
  12. justalittle

    justalittle Member

    Music can be really helpful. Also, any form of expression can put you at ease. Try writing in a journal, drawing, or maybe even just get some fresh air.
  13. Smartglaxx

    Smartglaxx Member

    Getting engaged in new activities works best for me. I may start looking for an abandoned project such as an uncompleted drawing and try finishing it before I engage in anything else. Getting the task completed becomes a new "addiction".
  14. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    I'm with @Smartglaxx
    New hobbies can be a distraction as well give you pride.
  15. Anahap

    Anahap Member

    The best thing you can do is to talk to someone openly about it. Share your feelings and never be afraid to open up to close friends and family. Don't make the same mistake as me and take refuge in distructive patterns.
  16. mailen

    mailen Member

    I believe that everyone can overcome depression. It's just a matter of faith. I believe in the saying that faith can move mountains. If you think you can overcome depression then it will be who you are. What we think of ourselves is very important. And with the help of our Lord, prayers can also do wonders. Support groups can also help. We have to realize that everything is possible if we want to. It's us who makes the choices.
  17. mochaisis

    mochaisis Member

    At first, I was given medication. Slowly though, and with a lot of practice, I began to find other, non-drug coping mechanisms to handle my depression. I have started to build my hobby base, and I try to practice listing all of the positive things in my life daily and as needed. I still suffer from depression, but I am handling it.
  18. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    At least you accept the fact that you are depressed and have admitted it to yourself. That is important, because now that you have called out and identified what you are feeling, you can take the proper steps to get yourself better. It is normal to become depressed when major changes happen in your life. My daughter has a friend with cancer and he has been reporting that he feels depressed. The type of cancer he has is one that he is expected to recover from, but just the fact that he is not able to live a normal life at the moment bothers him. It is a major life change, similar to what you may be experiencing. You just have to be strong and remember that by not doing drugs and giving in to the temptation, you are doing something very good for yourself in the long run.
  19. whitenoise

    whitenoise Senior Contributor

    I tend to be indifferent with all the things that bothers me. I don't have a job? Who cares. I don't have a girlfriend? I don't care. Am I broke? I don't care. Just let the bothering thing don't influence your mood in any case.
  20. rapido

    rapido Member

    Dealing with depression especially as you recover from addiction can be tough but can never beat the human resolve and resilience.There are days when you will want to throw in the towel, hurdle in a dark corner and just die. Here the secret is to monitor yourself keenly, have a couple of supportive people to throw you a lifeline when you are drowning in your sorrows and keep putting one foot before the other.