Being the only un-depressed one in my family is odd

United States
January 14, 2007 2:27pm CST
My whole family has struggled with depression, and most of the extended family, and all of the nuclear family, has been on anti-depressants before, or is currently on them. I never have needed them, or even come close to needing them, despite having been through some pretty hard times. Why not? Well, I'm attributing it to a few things. One, I'm an avid weightlifter and I do a lot of cardio as well, so I've kept myself in very good shape, and working out literally changes your mental chemistry as well. When I am stressed out or feeling down, I force myself to workout, and I feel much better afterwords. Second would be my diet, which I always make an effort to keep in check, and I make sure to get enough of my needed nutrients. It's not always easy but it's very well worth it. What's your strategy to beating the blues when it's something that runs in your personal family?
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@marciascott (25552)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Just keep thinking possive. and tell yourself you won't be like the rest of the family. It sure can be heriditary. but as long as you keep it in your mind that you are not going to let it get you down, you will be alright. excerise is good for your mind. I like to walk that makes me feel better.
• India
15 Jan 07
its not odd ..its gud that u r nt depressed,..bcum an inspiratino 4 othr members too..
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@Pekachu (1112)
• United States
15 Jan 07
it runs in my family funny thing mom is the only one not on antidepressants hummm interesting
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
15 Jan 07
Good for you! My boyfriend is the same way...nothing effects him. He doesn't let things get to him...unfortunately I do...and have had to be on medication. I am slowly trying to get off...because I don't like being on it...and it makes me very tired all the time. I do try and work out...and it does help..but I don't have the energy much of the time. If you have any suggestions...I'd love to hear them. We do eat pretty good...I try to eat fruit...veggies etc...
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• Philippines
15 Jan 07
Your very lucky to be out of those family illness. You should be thankful to God about it and try to help your family also.
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@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
15 Jan 07
Good for you. Because it is SO hard to just get up there and work out when you are feeling down! When most feel down they are inclined to eat like myself. Congrats for being able to beat the blues. But with some its a chemical imbalance which causes depression. I personally don't like antidepressants because of the side effects they cause but there are some natural remedies that can help.
@perugu (5280)
• India
15 Jan 07
hi,your is the best policy in facing problems and get out of that situations.i saw my friends in the same situation,they ruin their lives also with heavy drinking..smoking...every time they used to told me this drink habit gives them relax..relax...finally effected in all ways...
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@jray721 (1969)
• United States
15 Jan 07
hmm my situation is completely opposite! im the only one in my family who struggles with depression. actually some of them have it, but refuse to get treatment. but no one in my immediate family understands what its like to go through that.
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@Wanderlaugh (1623)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Not really wanting to plug one of my own discussions here, hassanchop, but I did one a couple of days ago, "Depression- what have you been told?" in which I related how I got over my depression by doing just that, exercising and eating properly rebuilding the body and mind. You're saying you think it's a preventative, too? It does make sense. I'd be interested if you have any comments on the thread of my discussion, too. Got a very mixed bag of reactions to the whole idea.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Please go to indianchild.com which discusses remedies for depression.It is under the home remedies section. There is a long page on things that help with depression. I like it because none are addictive or require scripts.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Execercise really does help! Good for you! I wish I could get it done. There really isn't a good place for me to exercise and time is an issue as well. I have two kids that need my attention. I would love to go for walks around the neighborhood but there are too many dogs and people just fly down our road. I can't really afford a gym. I wish I could find something that would work for me. Suggestions anyone?
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@kgwat70 (13394)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This discussion is the total opposite for me and my family as I am the only that does suffer depression but I have been doing well for the last 3 years. What I do to keep from being depressed is get out of the house and keep myself busy. I have been told that too much time in the home can make someone feel even more depressed or it can make someone depressed. Keeping busy with activities, sports, going to the movies or doing anything outside of the home should help. Dieting is very important too just like you said so you pretty much hit the main things.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
14 Jan 07
i can it zoloft. yes I am am one of those iunfortunately people that can not beat my blues with exercise and diet like you. some people's depression/chemical imbalance is a little far worse then others and need it controlled with medication
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@remaster74 (4065)
• Greece
15 Jan 07
The best way for me is either chatting online or knitting. Don't laugh! I like knitting a lot and I have created some masterpieces. I'm proud of myself for them and that I have found such an easy way to get rid of stress.
@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
15 Jan 07
Eveybody has their own way of dealing with the problems they face and destressing and letting off steam. Its great that your method is through knitting and its aa bonus that you have been able to create some knitting masterpieces! Why not showcase some photos of them to share with us all?
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
24 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
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well I am on lexapro now but at one time I was able to keep it under control with meditation, st. john's wort, and positive thinking techniques. You are probably right though. I have heard that exercise helps considerably with depression.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Well, that is really great and good for you. Stay healthy!! Thankfully, my family doesn't have too much of that. I just try to do things that I like to do to stay away from stress.
• India
15 Jan 07
hi good that you have not had depression. Keep it up. Have a positive attitude in everything. The best way to beat depression is to have a constant positive attitude in everything and to have a positive re-inforcement in mind once you are depressed. That would be enough. Depression should be treated at the very early stages itself. Engage your mind in something and dont keep thinking about problems that will only make you worried. After all, munching a problem in your mind will have no solution whereas positive re-inforcement will build you quickly. Beleive it worked with me. I was once upset very much and felt very bad at life. But I myself have come out observing every person I meet and see what is positive in them. Then I started to put positive things in my mind every day which helped me finally. When it works for me, I beleive it will work for anyone. All the best...
@superbren (856)
15 Jan 07
i have no strategy , i often think i am lucky too as my entire family suffer from depression too.im quite open , i dont mind admitting im wrong , i dont take things too seriously and i dont hold grudges. i think all those traits in my personality have helped me over the years . i encourage my children also not to hold grudges as it makes you bitter and eats you up . we have a rule in our house , if we fight we make up immediately.grudges and anger against people can leave you feeling depressed.
@arwenrey (316)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
I solute you for successfully avoiding your family's depression. It's hard to do that when your around depressed people. The way i overcome depression is by exposing myself around positive things and happy people. Like watching love story or comedy movies and also i keep myself staying inlove! It think love is the best cure for depression.