10 Personal Confessions on How They Beat Depression
Depression’s a battle people suffer through every day, thriving for ways to overcome that behavior. Depression isn’t just sadness or negative thoughts. It’s the actual shape of the brain and neuron pattern that forces someone into sadness and negativity.
It creates a pattern of thinking hopelessly and forces someone to deal with emotional pain. We simply can’t say, “Okay, I’m done being depressed right now,” because it’s biologically rewired into our brains. That’s how bipolar disorders, anxieties, and social disorders are born into us.
Yeah. You still have control over your mind; the only issue you face is how to conquer it. You hear simple methods on how to overcome depression and for some this method works. But after dealing with a certain amount of individuals, something I noticed was that giving facts alone wasn’t enough.
Sometimes, the best way to overcome depression is by hearing the testimony of others. So rather than providing ways to beat depression, I’ll list the people who suffered through depression, but managed to beat it after applying their own techniques.
You may choose to copy their pattern, or transform it in a way that makes it easier for you. Once you witness the strategies from those who suffered from depression, it’ll open your eyes to possible options.
(Note: I’ll avoid giving away too much information from these individuals who were kind enough to share their past stories. I’ll only provide their first name)
“I dealt with depression for several years, but what helped me was when I learned to keep myself busy. Work, school, family, video games, friends, internet, music, books. The busier I got, less time for self-loathing. Decided to keep going to school, three years in, met a girl dealing with depression. Now, I work, school, and girl keep me busy.”
“I realized what my depression stemmed from and that my insomnia, diet, and general lifestyle wasn’t helping so I made major changes to my diet which helped the insomnia and the lifestyle choices, and sought out professional help for the depression. It was tough and physically and emotionally painful, but I actually began to feel things again.”
“I had to make some major changes in my life because I worked a gruesome night job while staying inside a tiny apartment and paying my way through school. I think that environment and circumstances are huge factors in depression and yet they get the least amount of attention. Yes, it’s difficult to change but they can have a large impact than therapy or meds.”
“Ultimately, I overcame depression by simply getting my mind off it. I started with small things like playing music and exercising. Exercises for your mind and body really seem to help.”
“I wouldn’t say I’ve beaten it, but I’m getting better. A lot of times depression isn’t something that just goes away; it will disappear for a while, come back later, then go away for a little while longer. The best thing you can do is know how to cope with it. I’m doing good for now, but I’m on summer break from college so I’m relatively stress free for the time being. I’m seeing a therapist, I’m spending a lot of time with friends, I’m being open with my family. That’s helping me for now. I’ve learned methods to cope when I am hit with a depressive episode, so while it does still happen, it’s less and less severe than it used to be.”
“A combination of medication and therapy. Also, removing myself from a negative environment. The medication helped balance me out a bit while the therapy helped me to learn how to cope with things and to recognize when I was starting to go downhill again so that I could actively fight against it. I moved to a different city, found new friends, and trained myself to be a more positive person. Negative thoughts lead to negative feelings.”
“I got through my second bout of depression about 3 years ago by watching “The Big Bang Theory.” One of the symptoms of depression, I learned, is anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure); every moment felt absolutely bleak. Somehow, my ability to laugh at funny things (thereby feeling happy) was not impaired.”
“I was depressed in my early years and changing my surroundings fixed it for me. Turns out, living in a dreary town in Midwest where everyone around you are jerks isn’t good for your disposition. Moving to a place with better weather and more opportunity, changing my eating and lifestyle (more exercise) fixed that for me without the need for therapists and antidepressants. It is possible to change your situation if you’re willing to.”
“Therapy and medication helped me tremendously. Having someone to talk to who understands and can give constructive advice and guidance is amazing. I know some people are against medication but if your brain chemicals are unbalanced (which is the case in most people with mental illnesses), meds can make a world of difference. Remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and although you may not believe it right now, things do get better. All it takes is a glimpse of happiness to remember why you are doing all this hard work.”
“Step 1: Accept that exercise, diet, and a forced-positive mentality doesn’t always beat depression. Professional help was needed in my case. Step 2 was going to therapy. In the beginning I was anxious before the appointments, and cried, heaved and choked up during them l also left with a headache and low self-esteem, spending the rest of my day remembering the horrible things I paid to cry about for an hour. Step 3 is sometimes medication. Eventually I guess the lethargy, exhaustion, and spitefulness went away and allows me to focus long enough to read a book or go grocery shopping. Once I started leaving the house during the day and interacted with more people than just my therapists, I sort of overcame depression.”
In final thoughts….
There isn’t a specific way to beat depression such as there isn’t a specific way to become happy, or eat healthier. Some people find exercising to be their happiness point as others prefer reading a book.
If you have to, look over these people testimonies and take notes on what works for you or what seems easy to apply. If you’d like to share your testimonies or wish for personal advice, subscribe and contact me about it.