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I was wondering how any of you who exprienced depression finally started to feel stable again and even if not happy, at least not depressed. Because I just noticed for me I barley even felt the problems fading away but it sure as hell didn't happen over night. So if anyone can share what the process felt like or a key moment or any kind of exprience that he/she remembers or if it was a long process of small acts I'd appriciate hearing it out.
 
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I was wondering how any of you who exprienced depression finally started to feel stable again and even if not happy, at least not depressed. Because I just noticed for me I barley even felt the problems fading away but it sure as hell didn't happen over night. So if anyone can share what the process felt like or a key moment or any kind of exprience that he/she remembers or if it was a long process of small acts I'd appriciate hearing it out.
May be i am having a slow morning but I am reading contradictory things in your post. While you say 'depression being stable' and then you say 'at least not depressed'; so please allow me to respond, based on what I understand.

I have never been 'not depressed' . It has been with me since I was a teenager. Has it ever been stable? Yes, it has been stable and easier to manage but I was still depressed and suffering but since it was manageable, i was happy with it. However, i have lost control of it and it went crazy deep in a dark hole few times in my life, usually triggered by events that ignited the hidden fires of past traumas.
It also goes bad if I eat unhealthy food (sugar) and stop exercising.
I hope my post was helpful. You can ask any further questions and I will be happy to elaborate.
 

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I've posted this elsewhere on this site, so apologies for the repost:

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If you suffer from chronic depression, and were only mildly responsive to SSRI's and didn't like their side effects, try NSAID's. Recent research has found a link to chronic depression and inflammation.

I had a catastrophic injury that required long term anti-inflammatory medications as I progressed though physical therapy. As I got through the pain cycles, I noticed I hadn't been deeply depressed since my accident. I had never had such a long hiatus. After a few years I tapered off my NSAID's because I just really don't like taking meds if I don't have to, and my depression came back in about 4 days. I had a small setback/injury and took my preferred NSAID's again (Alieve) and within 3 days my depression was gone again for no other apparent reason. I've since experimented this and can now say with 100% certainly that I can control my depression with just OTC does of Alieve ([email protected] mg in the AM). It has been 4 years now, no significant depressive relapse after 40 some years of chronic, nearly constant depression.

I shared this with my Aunt (fathers sister) whom I knew also had chronic pervasive depression. She tired it and also had the exact same outcome.

I know it's not that good for my liver, but for the first time in my life, I am alive and full of energy/hope.

The only side effect I have is that I have a higher tolerance to physical activity because I don't have aches and pains that most my age have. This additional physical activity as a boosting effect on my elevated mental state. I feel free of depression even without the added activity, so this activity induced mood lift is a side benefit.

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My depression is not gone, and it continues to have cycles, but it's greatly attenuated. Most of the cycles seem to be metabolic, my seasonal affective disorder has started as it gets darker and weather changes set in. I have had some limited success with regulating the metabolic peaks and vallys with dietary changes. Mostly limiting blood sugars and increasing the number of times I eat while reduing total calories per meal.
 

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I got depression by the time I was sixteen and I'll probably never recover fully (I think when you're truly predisposed to depression it's going to happen like...dysthymia a lot of the time and then a full blown major depressive episode a handful of times in your life... I don't know, I'm not a medical professional but I'm speaking from experience and stuff I've read, which is sort of a lot)...I can say, though, that I was at my lowest a year later, age seventeen...I wanted to die and I attempted suicide (only time in my life that's happened), I just could not pry myself out of it... I know it sounds weird but hearing The Smiths pretty much completely healed me, I listened to their music all the time and I stopped wanting to die, I actually found the world beautiful and things like that... I don't know, I just felt like they understood me so well.

Anyway that's what got me out of the worst depression I've ever had. I don't know about other times... I think with other times I've been really low it's been from circumstances that I really needed to get out of, which is kind of different... This has been a tough year because there are certain circumstances I cannot get out of, which is hard (honestly I know it sounds silly but Trump being President is one of them...) Music helps me though, and exercise and nature and trying to be productive (that part can be hard, though, for me I mean)... It's hard to be productive when you're not sure how to handle a hard situation at all. One day at a time I guess...
 

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I changed the way I think about my life. I learned to control my thoughts and stopped worrying about the past/future. I imagined what I would do with my life if I was living on Earth alone. It relieved me of a lot of the invisible pressures around me. I found peace. I started building deeper relationships with friends and strangers. I realized that life is not meant to be taken so seriously and that our noisy society limits us from just being our true selves.

Depression is a serious issue for a lot of my friends. I'm not sure if it's just a problem for our generation (the millennials) but everywhere I turn, left and right, someone is unhappy and tells me they are depressed. You are not alone. Adulting is hard especially in this current society.

What causes depression? A few common causes that I've noticed through my own experience and my friends' are: expecting our lives to be different from what it currently is, not having a good support group (true friends), or unknowingly living our lives based on the expectations of other people.

Let me know if you ever want to talk.
 

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Never had depression, suffered PTSD which is similar Introspectively. I found the more I resited the more it persisted. Beat it by confronting my demons head on. No longer have any symptoms associated with the condition.
 

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I made the choice to end it and marshaled awareness to recognize when I got depressed and why and anger to confront the essential trouble with depression, worthlessness or powerlessness.

I discovered that my worthlessness or powerlessness was only a choice I inflicted upon myself due to the immoral values of society and others. I changed and became more moral. This emerged love with me for myself. Depression cannot win against a steady flow of choice for love.
 

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I made the choice to end it and marshaled awareness to recognize when I got depressed and why and anger to confront the essential trouble with depression, worthlessness or powerlessness.

I discovered that my worthlessness or powerlessness was only a choice I inflicted upon myself due to the immoral values of society and others. I changed and became more moral. This emerged love with me for myself. Depression cannot win against a steady flow of choice for love.
Depression is a mental illness not a choice.
 

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Depression is a mental illness not a choice.
Exactly, there is situational depression, and clinical depression, there is a difference. Situational depression is often treatable by mindset and therapy alone. Often meds are useful, but one not need stay on them for situational depression.
 

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Depression is a mental illness not a choice.
To some extent, illness is choice. I know you will disagree. Every choice you make affects your health. Your brain affects your body, yes, but choices affect the brain. Direction and wisdom affect the physical structures of the brain. The entire dynamic of reality is far more fluid than people believe. Will to power is largely valid.

Your kind believe this man is a cripple:


I am NOT saying that beating depression or dancing on crutches does not take massive effort and belief. It does! Drugs can help, but they are usually ... a crutch. You still have to dance ... even with your crutches, or ... it's you and your choices.
 

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I don't know if I can ever truly say "I'm out of the woods now". It's a gradual cycle and right now I'm at the highest point I've been in years and I'm not crippled by depressive episodes anymore. I guess I'm out on the otherside of depression now but I haven't found the key to happiness or anything yet. Next week I'll probably be inexplicably laying face first on the couch not wanting to move with overwhelming apathy but over all? My mood is good. I guess I just noticed my confidence coming back. Maybe really I've combated other symptoms than depression itself like anxiety.
 

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To some extent, illness is choice. I know you will disagree. Every choice you make affects your health. Your brain affects your body, yes, but choices affect the brain. Direction and wisdom affect the physical structures of the brain. The entire dynamic of reality is far more fluid than people believe. Will to power is largely valid.

Your kind believe this man is a cripple:


I am NOT saying that beating depression or dancing on crutches does not take massive effort and belief. It does! Drugs can help, but they are usually ... a crutch. You still have to dance ... even with your crutches, or ... it's you and your choices.
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