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September 10, 2008 5:29am CST
do you go for long periods and then your depression just creeps back up on you? how do you deal with this? I found actually that I felt so much better when I came off medication for depression - it was quite amazing.
5 responses
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Actually for me its the other way around...All my life I've been seriously depressed but have sudden short bouts of bliss, this is before medication...now I'm just coasting because of the meds..As much as I'd love to go off them and experience feelign better like you did/do it doesnt work that way with me unfortunately....
10 Sep 08
as I mention above I found making life changes worked for me. Everyone is different but once you find what works for you you will be fine. I find I start to feel depressed if I cannot get out in nature- I work full time andn have a son to look after so every day after nursery I take him to the park with me just for an hour or so and we run about and play silly games. i also found that playing my instruments and reading also relaxed me. I tend to overthink things and then blow them out of all proportion and foundn you can really escape in a good book and when you are concentrating hard on playing an instrument or doing an exercise you cannot thinnk about all those niggling things that have been getting you down.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
10 Sep 08
OH I've made serious life changes since starting on my road of healing and recovery back in my 20s...unfortunately though since my depression is so severe and been with me since childhood and the additional traumas etc that have occured many times over the years since then AND with my mental disorders medication is needed...Mind you I do have my little tips and tricks that work wonders for those really bad days...being an artistic woman I do alot of painting, drawing and writing etc..I do my yoga and meditation..I work out and so on and sometimes I just need to sit in the tub with the candles and some soft music and just cry ya know... Definately whatever works for each of us is the way to go though
10 Sep 08
i think you are doing really well if you have discovered those little things in life that will help you along the way. I find when Something is really bugging me I go and do a lot of gardening - my husband says he can always tell when I have had an off day or two by how the garden looks :)
@jimbomuso (950)
10 Sep 08
Hi witchywillow! Unfortunately for me my depression is a constant background noise which I dont get much respite from, If I stop the meds it just magnifies. I have to try and maintain a 'good outlook' but I do get the odd day of contentment.
10 Sep 08
what do you find you do on the "bad" days?
10 Sep 08
In a nutshell... I struggle, on days like that, there's not much I can do except 'go with it'. I try to look after myself ie try and talk to a close friend, have a nice long soak in the bath, put everything else on hold etc.
• United States
10 Sep 08
Are you phasing out the medication?
10 Sep 08
been off it for about 6 months now. I have a friend who is still on them and she doesn't think she will ever be ready to come off them. I found that I had to make positive life changes myself such as more exercise, getting out into nature more, eating good foods etc.
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
8 Oct 10
Well, sometimes its unavoidable that we feel depressed for the day..but for the health its not a good side, i believe in Meditation which will balance our mind and helps to be normal at situations.
• United States
11 Sep 08
I haven't gone for long periods of time where I feel 'okay'. I do have days when I feel more energized and then a few days later I'll go back into the dark. And I hate having this happen to me. I was on meds in high school and it didn't do anything for my depression. Of course I had focused more on the side effects because they were taking over my life at that point in time.