Depression

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  1. Wes

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    It can affect anyone, and in various ways.

    Do any of you suffer from depression and if so how are you handling it?
     
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    I've had past episodes. In elementary school, I was too fast of a learner, but they weren't just going to let me skip grades. I was forced to suffer through the whole shebang, designed for kids who learn at a much slower pace. It was so boring, I once told my mom I'd rather be dead than doing this damned homework.

    Never did anything drastic, though. Never ran away from home, never attempted suicide, and never became excessively violent. I took martial arts classes starting in 4th grade, which was a nice outlet. Of course, it was defensive martial arts, budokan taijutsu, but we got to hit plenty of training pads and swing real weapons.

    Years later, I pretty much became bored with existence, and started having weird dreams. Still never did anything drastic, just slept a lot. I would rather have been having those dreams than living the daily drag. I'd kinda fall into a state of meditation, between the waking world and sleeping, and could just feel my senses drift away into dreamland, while still remaining conscious.

    Couple of years ago, I got depressed when I realized my life wasn't going to be anything like what I'd hoped when I was younger. I wrote 10 songs in 10 days, which was about as long as the episode lasted. That topic's in the abyss of misc, now.
     
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  3. intoTheRain

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    one point in my life i did, my world came crashing down everything sucked at once, hit rock bottom.

    didnt leave my room for 3-4 weeks slept all day stayed up all night didn't eat, lost 40 lbs in three weeks.

    i eventually went on some mild depression meds which were enough to get my ass back into the gym and the rest is history. meds were the kick, exercise was the fix.
     
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    Yeah, current sufferer. I'm just... struggling with society and myself I guess.

    /wrists

    I don't mean to make light of it, but that's how my med bounces me back.
     
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  5. WickedLiquid

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    There's no shame in seeing a therapist or taking meds for clinical depression. When I was depressed I was too stubborn to get help, I kept thinking I was stronger than that.

    But all that does is build up a ball inside you making it worse. If anyone is depressed to the point that I'm worried my advice is to see your doctor and take his advice.

    You can't help people though if they don't want it. I learned that from experiencing it myself.
     
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  6. C_nate

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    I think every suffers depression in varying degrees. It's part of the human condition. So long as it isn't impeding your ability to function I think it is something that you don't need to run out and start popping a bunch of pills for. It is even helpful in some cases.

    If it is bad enough where you just feel like giving up on life, then of course you should get some treatment but other than that I just deal with it in my own ways. Some of my most creative moments came from times when I was depressed.
     
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  7. Icepick

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    Not having access to a therapist, my friend thought it'd be wise to take me to a crisis centre, and they promptly "formed" me, which allows them to hold me up to 72 hours

    so essentially I spent 3 days in a mental institution over depression, and really that didn't help things any

    I did get a therapist out of it, and went on some anti depressant medication (celaxin), I came off them about a year ago when things started getting worse, they wanted to up the dosage but thought maybe a trial without them may work. Haven't gone back since

    I think it's just something everyone deals with, being a loner didn't provide me much opportunity to discuss it, until I came close to breaking
     
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  8. Dobby2244

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    Yeah I have bad depression at times. I can be very social but then I just get down and don't like to socialise. Like yesterday and today I am over the moon happy, tomorrow I might just sit and cry. How do I live with it, I just do things that keep my mind off it, like travelling, meeting new people..... Running with the bulls..... :p planning to hike up mountains next summer, just planning ahead to have something to look forward to, to put yourself out of your comfort zone. Also gym and running makes me naturally happy, that's why I try to go a lot. I was on anti depressants for over a year, I can't even remember how long for. But one day I just refused to take them again. My ex told me to go to the doctor and I was being diagnosed for bipolar and all kinds of things, but they said its just depression. I only went there 2 times to the psychiatrist though before I just stopped going altogether. I wish I didn't stop now
     
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  9. MattAY

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    I've never been *properly* depressed. I was actually thinking about this the other day. Why do we all love games so much? Do you think it's acting as our escapism from the real world?
    I think that's a little apt for myself, I play a lot and read a lot of manga...basically I sink into other worlds on a regular basis. A lot of diversions from the real world there.

    I blame Crash Bandicoot...I'm not a spinning marsupial DAMMIT!!! :':)'(
     
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    I agree that it is part of the human condition. We are social animals and a lot of us have issues with people. So the problem compounds itself and it festers. It is a gigantic problem with not one right answer for everyone... So many awesome and truly great people have been lost because they couldn't find their answer...

    That being said I was in a baaaad place for a long time.
    Tried therapy which pissed me off.
    Drugs that made me want to cut my throat and not just my wrists.
    A whole heaping lot of "recreational activities" that made my issues exponentially worse.

    In the end it was my kid that saved me... I didn't have anything I saw as worth keeping or protecting until he was born...
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    Sorry if its sappy but I had to share
     
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    Getting older helped out a lot for me. I became more content with everything and a lot of my stress is just leaving. I'll still get depressed about things, but it's how I process that depression that's changed the most. I guess this is how older people function. And when I think about it, I can't remember my grandparents ever focusing on the bad for too long. They didn't spend a lot of their energy being stressed out, and I'm learning to do the same.

    Maybe the best part about it all is that I'm not making a conscious effort to be less depressed or stressed out, it's just happening, and that's why I'm honestly liking getting older. Life slows down, and it feels good again. Feels like I'm in the midst of a very large recovery program from my teens and 20s, and that it's feeding into my body at a very slow trickle but the benefits are noticeable.
    Wiser? Debatable. But getting older definitely helped out a lot.
     
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  12. Longo_2_guns

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    Honestly, despite having a shitty last couple of years, what made me depressed is the fact that I didn't want to go out and party on Friday nights for a while. But even that was negated when I made more friends at school.

    I probably could've visited a therapist, but I've never been debilitated by anything that I couldn't handle with my resources. And I've managed to get so far with them, so it's alright.

    Not to be a braggart or anything, but I've never been serious with it. If anything, it's because I am lucky.
     
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  13. Sourdeez

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    All these things but one can be picked up off the shelf of your local grocery store.

    I use St Johns Wort which is a natural antidepressent which in studies was more effective then paxil while having less side effects.

    I also smoke cannabis which also makes me happy, relieves stress, and generally helps me to enjoy life even the parts that are repetitive or boring.

    While this last one is expensive It tends to help with my depression and give me energy. Its called SAM-E. It can however increase mania in those who are manic.

    I wont suggest nootropics or other cognitive substances in this thread as your solely asking about treating depression.

    As always take caution when using substances and if you are uncomfortable with doing the researching and making a educated decision yourself I highly suggest seeing a doctor.

    Our society really pushes that if somethings wrong its the individuals fault. For the longest time I thought I was depressed because something was wrong with me. Its actually the structure and functioning of our society that makes me depressed. All the suffering and hurt, the systems we live in that suppresses human potential instead of maximizing it. People will continue to suffer as long as we live in a monetary based world in which human needs are turned into wants, and people dont have the money for what they need. Its the state of the world that makes me sad but that's also what motivates me to help fix society. If you would like to learn about a plan for a new society one in which there is no money or jobs you should watch this. Its called Zeitgeist Moving Forward.
    http://youtu.be/4Z9WVZddH9w

    Just know you are loved as a human being. And anytime you are in Illinois you can hit me up. You have a friend.
     
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    Haven't really been depressed ever, but sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in a dream and the world feels like an illusion. It makes doing things feel worthless. But I'm not happy or sad about it. It just feels unreal.
     
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    I was depressed for a while last summer. I went and talked to a bunch of different people who didn't really listen, which made things much worse.

    Lucky for me it wasn't the most serious bout of depression, and I got over it. Lots of friendship and Batman.
     
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    I play video games, because it's entertainment. I don't "escape" reality and pretend I'm someone I'm not, that's for dating sites. I simply enjoy video games. Also, I think we've all been depressed at one time during out teenage years. I get depressed whenever I look into my past. All I can do now and accept and try to make life go on. At one point, I tried committing suicide, but I didn't have the balls to do it.

    Also, Sourdeez, Icepick is correct. You do post a lot about smoking marijuana. Come here and have a seat.
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    Even though you're a new member of our community, we love you and we don't want to see you on the streets.
    Hopefully, my humor gets everyone out of depression.
     
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    I remember going through a stage like that when I was much younger and it led me to look at the song row your boat in a much different way. I came to the conclusion that the boat represented you the person. The stream was your life and the song says to just gently go along with the current and not try to fight and row upstream and above all be happy, because none of it is real anyway.
     
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    You know you don't always have to be Robin. :lol:
     
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    I think I know what you mean, but its weird to hear you feel neutral about it. I feel the same way most of the time and when I think like that it makes everything seem ok to me. My way of coping i guess. I think episodes come and go in most people, but coping with it is apart of being human. How you cope really should determine whether you need medication. I dislike the idea of medicating people because of feelings. I understand there are some tortured souls that genuinely need help, but to me the idea of getting help for a condition, and having the medication make it worse scares the crap out of me.


    I sang that song mindlessly until now.. What a trip.
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  20. lokness

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    I've been pretty depressed as of late. Broke up with GF and have been depressed as hell. I got a new job 2 months ago and have trouble keeping up because all i think about is her at work. Shit is messed up. Never a day goes by without me thinking about her. This is depression right?
     
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