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Depression

Discussion in 'Singles (only*)' started by kittysbecute, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. kittysbecute

    kittysbecute Jedi Apprentice

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    Regardless of the type of depression, what positive ways do you cope with or overcome it?
     
  2. Wayholka

    Wayholka The Wayfarer Supporter

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    I use humour to cope with depression and life in general. You'll find that there are many comedians who are in fact very miserable people when off stage.
     
  3. rockytopva

    rockytopva Love to pray! :) Supporter

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    Let us analyze... If E = mc2 then we can divide and conclude that...

    Mass (m) = Energy (E/c2)

    And there are three varieties...

    Natural E/c2 - All mass is basically cooled plasma
    Mental E/c2 - Mentally, A mathematical formula, but this has chemical and spiritual properties as well.
    Spiritual E/c2 - E (motivation, warmth, love) / c2 (faith, hope, charity, joy)

    Comparing the light and the darkness, the opposite of E/c2 would be z (absolute zero)/ c (darkness)...

    Natural z/d - Nothing, empty space.
    Mental z/d - Again nothing but empty space.
    Spiritual z/d - z (laziness, coldness, hatred / d (fear, despair, greed, sorrow)

    What we have to figure out...

    Natural z/d - Is the depression from a chemical imbalance... Is food a contributor?
    Mental z/d - Is the depression a psychological issue - Are we inputting too much negativity?
    Spiritual z/d - Is the depression a spiritual issue - Is this something that has rubbed off from our daily input (TV, news, music, our social environment)

     
  4. cloudyday2

    cloudyday2 Newbie Supporter

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    I have tried to ride a bicycle or an exercise bicycle every day to help with depression for the past 25 years. It worked excellent until the last year or two. Now my body is getting old and it is getting harder to do this every day.

    A new solution I have discovered that seems to help is fasting. I feel terrible for a couple of hours in the morning, but then I feel less depressed. I try to exercise and eat in the evening.

    An antidepressant that sometimes seems to help me is scopolamine (motion sickness patch). I have tried a few other antidepressants, but they made me feel horrible. Scopolamine is amazing when it works. It only takes 30 minutes, and I feel very hopeful and productive for 12 hours or more. Then the effect starts to decrease. It might be placebo though.
     
  5. Emli

    Emli In love with our Lord Jesus Supporter

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    Jesus. I've gotten through lots and lots of pain and depression simply by relying on Him and His love.
     
  6. Saucy

    Saucy it's just a big cow Supporter Angels Team CF Ambassadors

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    I fought against depression for many years. I tried medications that made me act out and just made me tired and exhausted. I tried counseling and read books. I just never felt any of it worked. I was able to conquer it by changing the way I thought and with my actions.

    I kept thinking the answers were external...that all I needed was A, B, and C and it would go away. I tried to put the burden on others, thinking maybe relationships and friendships would fix me. They didn't. I tried pain meds because they made me feel good for a little while. That didn't work either.

    I had to sit down and decide for myself that I'm in charge of my life and I was never meant to seek or find happiness outside of my being. I have everything I need to be happy. I'm in charge of my thoughts and whether or not I believe the lies. I'm in charge of my actions and how I act. I get to choose what I do with my life from here on out.

    So, I made a plan. What am I not happy with? What do I wish I could change? How can I think differently? Then, I put it into motion. I stopped thinking of myself as this lowly, unloved figure. Through that, I discovered my worth. By identifying when I knew a panic attack was coming on, I learned how to stop it in its tracks. When I get stressed, I taught myself to walk away, center myself, take deep breaths, and listen to relaxing music.

    The biggest thing is telling myself it's okay. Everything is okay. There is nothing going on in my life I can't overcome. I'm fine. The thoughts trying to tell me something is wrong or making me sad are lying. I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, etc, so all my needs are covered. If I wasn't happy with my living situation, my job situation, etc, I could change it at ANY time I want. I just have to separate myself from the lies and the sadness and not letting it consume me.

    So far, it has worked! I haven't been depressed or had a panic attack in a very long time. I've been stressed and stuff here or there, I'm still human, but these changes have completely transformed my life.
     
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  7. timewerx

    timewerx the village i--o--t--

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    If you're depressed, watch some news:

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  8. Greg J.

    Greg J. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I believe the standard recommendation is still both is medication (psychiatrist) and therapy (psychologist).

    Spiritually, go to Jesus every day for help. Study and memorize the truth from Scripture, so that you can recognize and fight incorrect thinking. I also find help with fasting, because it's not something I have to self-motivate to do (which is sometimes impossible), but only have to motivate enough to not do something.

    Practically speaking, experiencing that you are loved is the only short-term help I know of. It's one of the consequences of having built your life on the rock before the storms come (but it's never too late to start).

    Visit the Depression Disorders forum.
     
  9. smalltowngirl86

    smalltowngirl86 Newbie

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    Thank you for sharing this! I have been struggling with depression for the past few years. I can relate so much to what you said in your second paragraph. I have tried to change my thoughts in the past but would never stick to it, now I want to try harder to change my thoughts. I have also learned when a panic attack is coming and have learned to manage them to a point.
     
  10. Galatea

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    There is absolutely no shame in getting therapy. God gave us intelligent minds to find out ways to help mankind get better (modern medicine, counseling). If you go to church, you can talk to your pastor or pastor's wife. Or, you can go to a therapist.

    I will say that after my sister died, one of the things that helped me was singing and listening to hymns.