How to get rid of depression without medication?

@karin27 (141)
South Africa
January 13, 2012 4:22am CST
When i tell myself to be positive it only lasts a day, I dont like to take medication, because i feel its wrong to rely on pills, esp happy pills, It feels like i forgot to feel what happyness feels like, Nothing seems to be causing this, i just cant grasp the reasons for living and srtuggling in life, I try really hard to be happy but i fail, what can i do? How do i find myself again?
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23 responses
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
There are times where you will feel down and wouldn't even know why. I suggest you just stay away from people that has a negative vibe, or at least to you. You have to think of positive things all the time. This might seem new to you but in time you'll get usede to it.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Thanks, I will try possitive thoughts, i feel better with everyones comments already, thanks Mylotters :-)
• Philippines
15 Jan 12
Your welcome.
• China
13 Jan 12
Do not rely on pills! I myself is a student learning pharmacy and I know exactly how dangerous it is to be medicine addicted. Even happy pills can never solve the root of your problem and they have severe side effects that cause you to lose appetite and even feel more nervous, that will become a vicious circle thus make you even depressed. So try to ease your stress by doing anything you like to do, forget the mess stuff for a while. I believe you can make it! Come on.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
13 Jan 12
Thank you so much, yea medication isnt the answer. Its always good having someone that knows the pharmacy side.
• Jamaica
16 Jan 12
I agree, You just need to forget the bad stuff and appreciate the little great things in your life. However, this is easily said than done. It will take a lot of hard work and introspection to counter the bad thoughts. I can direct you to a site that's totally free that helps to guide that process of looking very closely at yourself and fixing yourself to become more successful. I too have been where you are today. And though exercise and other physical activities do help, it is sometimes very difficult to get yourself to do these activities because your energy levels dip to dissuade your efforts. I encourage though, to push yourself and engage in some form of exercise that can boost energy levels and make you a little more functional.
@ankit_620 (496)
• India
13 Jan 12
Hey karin don't you worry you are just going through a hard time right now and i want you to believe that it won't last forever alright remember this. the first step to overcoming depression is to stop pathologizing it.While it classified as an illness,it is one that can be overcome without nasty chemicals.If you think you're are sick you're going to be sick.If you just think that you are looking at the things the wrong way,it would be a lot easier than it is and to get out.Even with other illnesses,if the person thinks its incredibly bad and loses hope,they are going to be sicker.The medical model of psychiatry or psychlogy plays into the greed of the pharmaceutical companies a lot more than it helps patients. Make sure you're eating well - lots of veg healthy fats.If you're not getting your Omega fatty acids that could cause depressed feelings.Take a flax seed oil supplement if you suspect that is the problem. Exercise helps too - even if you feel pathetic, get up and go for a brisk jog around your neighbourhood or do some yoga anything really.Exercise releases endorphins which makes us feel good.Plus if your depression is related to body image issues, you kill two birds with one stone.Sports also encourages social interactions so you tend to be less withdrawn. Set small goals for yourself so that you can achieve things.Be gentle with yourself you're not functioning at 100% so you can't expect 100% personal. You will get just fine.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Thanks, i will take the advice, my gym does have yoga classes, i think i will start joining as a think that is a great plan. Thank you for understanidn and giving best advice possible. I appreciate it alot.
13 Jan 12
Meditation is a really effective way to center yourself when you fell off balance. Clear your thoughts and just let the stress, anger and emotional baggage flow out of your body. Keeping a journal also helps to cope with emotions and issues. It also gives a clear perspective on your situation and feelings about it. Make little goals everyday like... I will go jogging or I will buy and smell my favorite flowers. I would also suggest eating right and exercise. Fresh fruits, vegetables, enough protein and water are key to good health. When your body feels right, your mind and spirit does so too. How about connecting to people with the same interests as you? It gives you a sense of belonging and self-esteem. Surround yourself with a good support system of either family or friends. Talk and confide in them. If all else fails, sleep on it.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Wow, i really appreciate the advice friend, maybe i should deffinately start earing correctly, I agree with you on everything, thanks a mil. :-)
@pandora22 (869)
• Romania
13 Jan 12
you don't have to rely on pill to get the depression out of your life.first of all everybody has good days and bad days.it doesn't mean that you have depression for sure.try your best to be positive,find a hobby and try to do stuff that makes you happy.keep yourself busy and don't give you time to think to much at your peoblems.the more you think at them the more depressed you become.if u have somebody close to u,with who you fell comfortable to talk about this,do it.you can set some near easy goals to achive.once achieving them you'll become more confident and feel better.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Thanks so much, getting a hobby sounds like a great idea. :-D Also aprreciate advice. Happy Mylotting
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
I never tried any pill to get me out of depression. I have felt depressed a lot of times. But with my family around and my doggies too. They are the one who shift my mood into a happy one. Although there were times I would feel sad, I still try to put it out of my mind and tries to think positive and pray a lot.
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Thanks, i agree that praying works like a bomb, and my doggie is always there for my too, dont know what il do without him :-)
13 Jan 12
One of the think you can't avoid is the medication is very important.but having people around understanding he or her problem and always encouraging her the most important think.the family also plays the important rolenin this
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
14 Jan 12
Thanks family is important i agree with that one, and im happy my family is there for me, and also happy that all you mylotters are there aswell. thanks :-)
@sumatix (258)
• United Arab Emirates
13 Jan 12
First of all just dont think that you are depressed. Now take some of your hobby.. join some new classes, make some new friends, stay out of that environment which makes you feel low, stay away from such people who make you feel that way..and do meditation...
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
13 Jan 12
Thanks friend, that sounds like a good plan.
@JER616 (551)
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
Frankly, the happiness you are searching for is within you by achieving the inner peace with God and your fellowmen. Once you are able to do that, happiness comes naturally. I suggest you read the Bible for spiritual inspirations you need. You may also want to visit this website for a daily dose of revealing truths in the Bible: http://esoriano.wordpress.com/
@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
You must do something that keeps you busy for a while. watch a movie, do your favorite hobbies and join with friends. Find something that can make you smile and laugh!. Laughter is the best medicine!
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
15 Jan 12
First, you need to see the reason why you feel depressed.What is causing you to be depressed. There should be a reason otherwise you can not come up with the solution. It will get worse if you can not calm down. Find places where you can forget what is bothering you, if it needs to transfer then go. Look for a friend that you can trust to let go of pressures inside of you.Friends are of big help since there are friends that stick closer than a brother. Do not let yourself alone, you need to be always talking with somebody. There are so many ways to let time go unknowingly because of so many things that you can get busy with. Do not let your mind wander to no where and do not let yourself idle too.
• United States
14 Jan 12
Hi Karin....First of all depression is a serious thing. I am somewhat depressed but i can't take any "happy" pills because they cause me a lot of problems like seeing things that aren't there, panic attacks etc. I wish sometimes though that I could take them, because it beats the feelings you are talking about. Now as far as those feelings go, I would say whatever Happy pill you are taking isn't working for you. You are not supposed to get numb. not all those pills work great for everyone, but I would talk to my doctor about those feelings relatively soon if i were you. I know you probably may not think so, but take it from one who knows first hand and from others close to me about those feelings while taking Happy pills. I also hear you when you say "nothing seems to be causing this", BUT something is. It's more than likely the type Happy pill you are taking. Please talk to your doctor. In general, It's better to have a professional (Psychiatrist) who is learned in those medications be the one to prescribe them. PCP and General Practitioners aren't always that well learned in the signs of a patient being on a wrong medication. Hope this helps.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
14 Jan 12
Oh my. Depression is nothing to play around with! All the happy things in the world won't change the chemical imbalance you have and obviously don't understand! Depression leads to poor decision making. You feel bad about everything including taking medication for it! That's depression. Get back to enjoying life in general. It shouldn't "take an act of congress" to make your self happy again! Concentrate on your intelligence, go to the library and learn everything you can about the condition you have! Common sense will prevail! USE IT!
@free_man (7337)
• United States
14 Jan 12
Hi Karin and welcome to my lot. I used to be unhappy daily when I was with my ex he treated me very badly and I just plain didn't know what to do. One day I found this teacher of Gods word that is the truth about the real word from God. We all have a destiny to fullfill in this life. I didn't know that till I started listening to that man. One day I met my new husband and was happy all day long. I prayed that day to FATHER (God) and asked HIM for that man. Three months later he is my new husband. We get up everyday and listen to this teacher of Gods word and our lives are hardly ever unhappy. So when I felt like my whole life is useless I would pray and now I know that God has a plan for all of us. God created us for HIS pleasure Revelations 4 will tell you this. My suggestion to you is turn all your problems over to God and let HIM show you a way to feel happy about your life. Here is the link to the man we listen to hope it sheds some light on your life like it did mine. http://www.shepherdschapel.com/index.htm
@peavey (16300)
• United States
14 Jan 12
You've got some good advice - eat right, exercise, take extra B vitamins, meditate or pray and so on. I want to add a couple of things. First, have your Vitamin D level checked. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D because we don't get out into the sunshine as much as we should. Supplements are inexpensive and really help and it's been shown that those who have a deficiency tend to be depressed. You'll need a fairly high dose to start and it will take a little while to take effect. Depending on where you live, getting outside in the sunshine can provide enough Vitamin D, too. Fresh air, sunshine, a change of surroundings can lift your mood. Go for a walk or go to the zoo or go fishing. Secondly, if your depression keeps you from normal activities like interacting with people, eating, sleeping and so on, you need to visit a specialist. Unfortunately, many doctors do nothing more than prescribe a pill, but insist on having a battery of tests taken to see if there is a physical reason that can be addressed.
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
I totally agree with you. I often feel it... In my own opinion just take sometime off, to be alone to think things over. Then after that try to start another day.
@derek_a (10902)
14 Jan 12
In my experience as a therapist, we all get depressed and happy and then go up and down in this way. The emotonis are like a roller-coaster. If we resist a fight the lows, it will be more difficult to get up the other side, because our resistance will be "slowing the roller coaster down" if you know what I mean. Counselling is advised if the depression has become very severe, but for ups and downs of everyday life, it works to focus on the depression and let it be there and watch as it begins to disappear. Meditation is one of the best ways to deal with it, and I always advise my clients to practice this each day - about 20 minutes is good, but if that's too much start with 10 minutes and slowly increase it. It has been proved time and time again that it is effective to meditate. I have a link on my profile to instructions on how to meditate. One cannot force one's self to be happy when one's sad. It is not something that you do, but more like something that you have - like a visitor, if you get my meaning. If you have questions, please message me and I will help you the best I can. _Derek
@arjunm (439)
• India
14 Jan 12
meditation is the basic part of get rid any depression.Listening songs, entertain myself to watch movies and most of all to travel somewhere that can be change of my mind.
@jtj_hello (627)
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
Be with the people you are more comfortable with. Depending on the cause of depression though, but sometimes medical intervention is really necessary to cure depression.
• India
14 Jan 12
It seems you are having this depression for quite some time.It is better that you consult a medical expert,and there is no harm in doing so.The symptom of depression could be because of some underlying cause."Do not take pills" is a cliche that we hear most often, but if you are going to benefit by medication from a qualified doctor,it is a positive step in leading a happy and contented life.