Depression; What to do about it?

DarkWoods

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Hi everyone.

In February of 2018, I was diagnosed with major depression and general anxiety disorder. Today, I feel very well and completely at the opposite of last year. Here are a few things I have done to improve my mental health since last year.


- I saw my doctor regularly. This is the first step I recommend if you feel very down and depressed. Don't be shy to ask for help. You are not alone. She prescribed me antidepressing drugs.

- I consult a psychologist. At first, I was not interested in seeing a psychologist. I was thinking, I don't need them. It's only for weak people, bla, bla, bla ... Finally, I tried and I must say he helped me a lot.

- I began spending more time outdoors in nature. Getting more sunlight is very important, not just when you are depressed but every day, especially during the darker months of fall and winter. If it's not possible to get enough sunlight, you can buy a special lamp that recreates the light of the sun or sort of. Very effective. I have my own lamp on my desk.

- I took Omega 3 supplements each day. Omega 3 is supposed to be the best supplements to cope with depression.

- I tried to sleep at least nine hours per night. Try it for a week. You will see amazing results.

- I have done more sports and physical exercices.

- I tried to spend more time with family and friends. This is the area I had to struggle the most. I have only a few friends and find it very hard to make new friends.

- I tried to stop negative thinking by starting a new hobby, oil painting. And today, I found I am good at it and really like art. Not just oil painting but photography and drawing too.

So one of the best tip I can give you is to spend more time doing outdoor sports (hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle board ...) with your friends. In the same activity, you will get enough sunlight, do some exercises and be surrounded by your friends.

And you, have you already suffered from depression? What are your tips?
 

lenox

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Yes I can attest to all of this. It's solid advice Gentlemen.

Congratulations @DarkWoods on your progress and continual effort to do more than your circumstances lead you to believe is possible.

Onward!
 

Magok

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I'm going to therapy now, I see it as a brain debugger of social programing and all that crap
 

AxelC91

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Great to hear Dark Woods. Some resources that have helped me:

1. "Personality Hacker" by the guys at the Personality Hacker blog. Tools to tackle self-imporvement tailored to my mbti type(INTJ)

2. "Digital Minimalism" by Cal Newport. Encouraged me to quit surfing the web aimlessly/video games. Helped my sleep and lifted my depression.

3. This article on depression: https://blog.bulletproof.com/beat-depression/.

4. This blog for INTJ's: https://www.friendlyskies.net/intj

5. Focusing on the big rocks: Sleep, Diet, Exercise, and Work

Hope these help!
 

lenox

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NUmber 5 is the hardest. I have to slow down everything to give it my all. Always feel like I have to make an excuse to commit to it. Still learning to commit unapologetically.
 

AxelC91

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"NUmber 5 is the hardest. I have to slow down everything to give it my all."

IKR @lenox!

Addition by subtraction is the way to go. Remove habits/activities that block these.

Create some rules for the big rocks. Track your output. CJ's check system using a habit tracker works well for this.

As CJ says "Systems!, Systems!, Systems!"

Focus on the big rocks/my daily routine helps a ton with my depression.
 

lenox

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Addition by subtraction is the way to go. Remove habits/activities that block these.
YES! No need to go back and understand why you do something. Determine what you want to do from now on and build a system to ensure you do it until the goal is met (and possibly still after as necessary).
 

Stork

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The times I've been the most depressed in my life were when I did everything exactly the opposite as you did to get out of the hole. Didn't want to see anyone, had no friends, had a bad relationship with my family, had a piss poor diet, almost no exercise and no prospects of future. I would never take antidepressants or any other psychiatric drug for the life of me though, they can create extreme dependency.

I think we can deduce from all this that depression is just the emotional state of mind you attain when you find no beauty and have nothing positive that attaches you to this world. If you have no friends, no family, poor health, no physical sense pleasures and on top of that you have no purpose in life... then what's the point of living? Depression is just the way our body has to tell us we're messing up big time. It's the law of use. If you don't use it you lose it. And this of course applies to your LIFE. If you don't use your life, then you die. As simple as that.

That's probably why BD insists so much that a man needs to have a strong mission in life. Men with a mission are too busy to be depressed.
 

lenox

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Men with a mission are too busy to be depressed.

Pretty much.

Depression is nature's design to recognize that your life sucks and you can change it for the better. Thing is, life is so comfortable these days that you can live decent and still be depressed. Fuck that. Respect yourself and rise above the false comfort.
 
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