How to control DEPRESSION?

India
May 7, 2007 8:53pm CST
Is there any way to control or avoid the depression? any tips?
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@vorbro (83)
• United States
8 May 07
Hello As a person who has suffered with depression for several years I thought I would add in what I have learned. While there is no one way to get rid of depression I have found some things that help minimize the effects of it. It seems natural to do things while under the effects of depression to do things that complicate the situation. My advice revolves around avoiding the behaviors that make the situation worse. While this is no replacement for proper treatment I will say that this has helped me a tremendous amount over the years. First, while depressed make sure your getting plenty of water and are staying away from caffinated drinks as much as possible. Caffiene contributes to dehydration and while its tempting to drink coffe and pop when your down and feeling lethargic this is tempting to go for "energy drinks" but the number one syptom of dehydration is lethargy, followed by depression. So your essentially throwing fuel on the fire. Second make sure your getting all your nutritional needs met. I would recommend a daily multivitamin. Again improper nutrition makes a bad situation worse. Finally make sure your getting as much light/ daylight as possible. Again this wont make everything better but it will keep your serotonin problems from being furthur complicated. I hope this information is useful to you. You dont have to take my word for it that this works you could even ask my wife she'll vouch for the difference in my behavior when im using this regimine or not. She is a veteran mylotter by the handle of lecanis. Wish you all the best, also I like the suggestion of trying to think of three positives for every negative, while that will also be difficult im sure it'll help
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 May 07
*nods* It's true, the differences in his behavior when getting plenty of sunlight, taking vitamins, and drinking plenty of water are amazing. I've noticed that the really bad times for us are always in the dark of winter, when it's dark when he comes home from work and dark when he gets up to go to work. The dehydration thing was also a great discovery for us. I never thought about a connection there, but since he started making sure he was hydrated, things have been much better. It's amazing what kind of difference just taking care of your body in general can make! I'm really happy that my husband has found some ways to help himself in these respects. The depression medicine he was on really wasn't working for him, and it was a really hard time for a while. For him, and for me. Loving someone with depression is a really hard thing.
• Philippines
8 May 07
For me, best way to control depression is face whatever it is that keeps you depressed. Avoiding it isn't a guarantee that you'll overcome it. You have the face the concern and think of ways and means to recover. And If you doesn't really want to experience depression, treat each event in your life as challenges, ,not trials...
• United States
9 May 07
I really like the point that you've made about treating each experience in your life as if it's just another challenge rather than a setback. I actually wrote about this in a blog that I keep: every experience is just another opportunity to learn something about ourselves or the world around us. We just have to figure out what of this experience we can take with us into the future.
• Philippines
8 May 07
Depression is inevitable, every person have been depressed, one way to control it is to think positve, its like you need to be open-minded, you need to cope with changes.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
8 May 07
Treat the depression as way of self-healing process.This is a serious sign that your organism and mind need to release the reasons for it. Just some ideas: wear bright clothes, make a general cleaning of your house and open your window more often -this helps to get rid of the negative energy.
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@besthope44 (12141)
• India
20 Oct 10
i feel i get refreshed after having my chocolates. And best remedy is Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle depression.
• United States
12 May 07
Depression is simply anger turned 2-wards the SELF! There-4, we usually get "depressed" when we DON'T express our anger in the moment, in a situation, 2 the appropriate people, or even 2 ourselves! I think the way 2 avoid depression is 2 practice EXPRESSION! We must express our anger when we feel it! This is not 2 say that we just "explode", and go into a rage. We can acknowledge what we feel (2 ourselves), and decide how we're going 2 express that. The key is 2 be HONEST with OURSELVES! Usually, a depressed person thinks they're just sad, and underneath, they probably ARE, but on the SURFACE, there is alot of ANGER there, and we have 2 acknowledge, face, and DEAL with WHAT we're actually angry about! A depressed person, deep down, feels like they don't have the RIGHT 2 be angry, when this is NOT TRUE! We ALL have the RIGHT 2 be ANGRY! Anger is a natural emotion that we ALL possess, just 2 varying degrees. But, many of us have been taught, or "programmed" 2 think that anger is a "bad" thing, when in reality, it is a NATURAL thing. So, I say, we have 2 become COMFORTABLE with having anger, and BEING angry! Once we truly address what we're angry about, and ADMIT it, then we can explore the emotions UNDERNEATH the anger, which is usually sadness. So, I don't think we can control ANGER, but we probably CAN "control" depression, by becoming OK with being angry! It really IS OK! It is our RIGHT!