I Overcame Depression

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 527 People

    I always say I'm a few thoughts away from

    that dark place, from that inconsolable pain that gnaws at my spirit, that leaves me feeling empty and unworthy. Suicidal. Lonely. Broken. When someone you know suffers from depression, just listen and be there to support them. Don't judge them or give advise. Depression...
    SagSunshine2014 SagSunshine2014
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 25, 2014

    I was diagnosed with depression eight months

    ago. and I'm in therapy and I take antidepressants. but I still feel bad. everyone says that it takes time to heal.. but I just wanna know how much time will it take.
    Orit1420 Orit1420
    16-17, F
    Oct 21, 2014

    I was depressed for a very,

    VERY long time, I was so down I was starting to consider methods of suicide. I still have bouts occasionally, but no where near as bad. The way I cured my depression was by literally telling my negative thoughts and pain to go **** themselves. I'm not kidding. I actually stood...
    ElementalOdyssey ElementalOdyssey
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2014

    I've been a survivor of sexual

    and domestic abuse. And even though that's happened to me I still have hope in humanity. I've tried not to feel. There's been times that I've cried myself to sleep just hoping and being numb most of the times. I've realized that after all this time I can still smile.
    earthangel1020 earthangel1020
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 9, 2015

    I spent most of my twenties feeling depressed,

    worthless and lonely (even though I had friends I regularly saw, I never felt connected with them). At times I felt suicidal and I wanted to be dead before I hit 30. 4 years ago, my partner and I got together. We had known each other for years but she was always with someone...
    tungsten4 tungsten4
    31-35, M
    2 Responses May 31, 2014

    Last year I was really depressed

    and would physically hurt myself to try and stop it. It didn't work. But I didn't give up and quit life like I had thought about doing. I'm still alive and well. Not only that, but I'm happy. Please don't give up. Please stay strong because you'll find your happiness too.
    OperaFantasma OperaFantasma
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 8

    I have a kind of awesome story.

    i think its inspirational in ways, and hope it will speak to someone. its a little long, but i think its worth reading. August 2014, i found myself fighting another serious down time dealing with my depression, self hatred, and loneliness. I had been contemplating suicide...
    homelessheart homelessheart
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 12, 2015

    I was bullied a lot as a child up to my senior

    year high school. Wether it was over my weight, my shyness or maybe they just didn't like me. I had learned to fight back at times but it was the emotional bullying that really tore me inside. I am sharing this not to get attention, but to hopefully let someone realize that they...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 23, 2015

    Caught In A Never-ending Whirlwind Most Of Us (Believe) Will Never Escape

    Just A Thought, Or Two, Thanks to The Rockefeller Foundation for providing the most debilitiating institution this world will ever know, the U.S. gov't school system introduced here and abroad in the 1930's modeled after old Prussian, Germany's socialist system designed to...
    tmajor tmajor
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2012

    Not entirely. I am beyond overwhelmed with the

    difficulties in my life. The circumstances would be surmountable to someone who didn't have so much trouble breaking bad old habits. I just cant stop myself from crawling back into that dark truth-less cave iv been hiding in most my life sad dear Lord i need u
    stufy stufy
    51-55
    1 Response Aug 18, 2014

    I didn't really overcome it I just no longer

    think negatively of myself ..it's always with me , the spectre of depression , but I chose not to see it and make myself busy moving towards whatever that would make me happy
    black08cat black08cat
    70+, F
    1 Response Mar 22

    I battled depression

    and won but I still have depressed moments
    NemDragon NemDragon
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 30, 2014

    The people that have never been depressed have

    no idea what it's like. Depression is a cold dark silent hell where, the only sounds you hear are your own. The sounds constant regret asking yourself "why do I mess everything up" " why did I do that" " I shouldn't even be here" then comes the self hatred, you keep telling...
    shaunrain shaunrain
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Apr 6, 2014

    My Dark Companion

    Yes I have, but that doesn't mean my troubles are over. But for once I'm okay with that.Will it come back? Am I slipping into again now without realising? I don't know. I don't think I'm going down again. If you've been to the very bottom surely anything slightly better than that...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2010

    1). I tell my story so I can remember what I'm

    fighting to stay away from.2). I cherish the one who fought for me when I could not, and have cut the ties from those who did not.3). I slow down. I take the strings off the guitar, polish it up nice, every last inch. I walk to class although I have a bike. I take the long way...
    HozierAndMumford HozierAndMumford
    18-21, M
    Jan 13, 2015

    I sunk into a depression

    once I entered high school, and having social anxiety was no help in trying to make friends, which I failed at doing. Even when I had people trying to talk to me, I wasn't able to talk back to them for fear of what I say, I am still struggling today to say what I truly think...
    roamingtree roamingtree
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 14, 2015

    "I woke up one day and decided I didn't want to

    feel like that anymore, or ever again, so I changed."
    ElementalOdyssey ElementalOdyssey
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 13, 2014

    The pain I endure exercising leaves me feeling

    better than any prescription or therapist has. I'm not saying therapy or pills are bad. Both have given me a solid foundation to get to this point. Exercise just lifted me out of my depression.
    hunterrrama hunterrrama
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jun 15, 2014

    I'm so happy! Happy happy!

    I don't ever want to be so depressed again that I would be willing to hurt myself.
    BrokeAssBxtch BrokeAssBxtch
    18-21, F
    Sep 8, 2015

    I just removed "I battle depression" from my

    list of groups and I feel so happy to finally be on the bright side of life again :)
    Musiclife12 Musiclife12
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2015

    Let's not think of how

    or why because questioning things is what got me there in the first place. I'm fine with not analyzing my feelings...
    TheIceDragonReturns TheIceDragonReturns
    18-21
    Mar 11, 2014

    No Need For Anti-depressant Or Pitying Gaze

    The only person that know that I was depressed is myself. I never talk about it. My friends or people around me never noticed because I didn’t do anything weird. I was my usual self: quite, straight face, with short response such as “yeah” or “ok” when people talk...
    Airlangga Airlangga
    22-25
    3 Responses May 15, 2013

    I struggled with depression 2nd semester of my

    freshman year of high school. No one understood me. It was honestly the worst couple of months of my life. But now, I am very happy and loving life.(:
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Aug 3, 2015

    It all started when I was 13 years old,

    lots of changes were happening. My parents were already not together anymore since i was 3 years old, my mother and she was getting seperation again from my ex-step-father i guess, she was with him for 8 years, i was still living with her but she was having a hard time dealing...
    zetreax zetreax
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 17, 2014
    stufy stufy
    51-55
    Jun 30, 2014

    "I didn't want to wake up.

    I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare." I overcame Depression but I'm slowly slipping into it again.
    T055 T055
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 22, 2014

    How I Pulled It Off

    The unrelenting feeling of worthlessness; it's intense and there is very little relief for people who experience depression. The symptoms differ greatly from what would typically be described as sadness. Daily life is hindered greatly, the ability to function at work, pay...
    SoulSucker SoulSucker
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2012

    All Of The Sudden

    i stopped giving a **** about the things holding me back. i quit smoking cigarettes yesterday and havnt looked back. i quit drinking last week. i now refuse to spend any more money on weed until i find a better job. one i can actually live off of. why? because i am...
    sedi97 sedi97
    18-21, M
    May 14, 2013

    I did it. I overcame depression.

    It's hard and it takes time but it will have an end with the help with yourself. I fought depression but I still have some days where I think it's coming back and I fight the feeling off.
    footballismahgame footballismahgame
    16-17, F
    Mar 16, 2014

    I did it! I had been depressed

    for seven years because of childhood traumas and other things. I used to cry everyday, I could not study. I had to spend my time at home, doing nothing. I eventually managed to get out of it thanks to my mother, my psychiatrist, an hypnologist and spirituality. I don't think I...
    Moonbows Moonbows
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 6, 2015

    Life Is Too Short.

    I remember those days... it was a dark period of my life. I remember lying on my bed, staring blankly at the ceiling wondering what was wrong with me. The alarm setting off, I couldn't be bothered to get up, so I let it rang for a few minutes until I forcefully rolled myself out...
    dokkyo dokkyo
    22-25
    Oct 17, 2011

    ... I have had depression

    for as long as I can remember. When I started school I was always the odd man out; In grade school no one really liked me because I was quite, played with stuffed animals, and very smart. They always teased me but you know how kids are they are mean. My parents thought it would...
    deniseee deniseee
    22-25, F
    Jul 13, 2015

    I Overcame Depression Without Touching Anti-depressants.

     I have family members & friends who are dependant on anti-depressants to get through the day. See them suffering the adverse effect whilst on them, while withdrawing or when switching meds, meant when I had depression, I avoided doctors like the plaque. In fact, one...
    MadaManga MadaManga
    22-25, F
    13 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    My Battle With Clinical Depression

    By way of introduction, my name is Dave Kanofsky and I had suffered from the adult symptoms of clinical depression for thirty-five years. In 2007, thanks to a combination of the right medication and years of talk therapy, my symptoms were under complete control but my financial...
    daveyboy54 daveyboy54
    56-60, M
    1 Response Jun 23, 2011

    I decided that there was two ways of looking at

    my situation. I could feel constantly depressed and fall into an abyss of horror that benefited no one. Or I could be strong and get on with my life and not let it bring me or the people I love down with me. I may have experienced more tragedies than most. Cancer, bus accident...
    sarahwhoknows sarahwhoknows
    18-21, F
    Nov 18, 2014

    My sole was kidnapped

    and locked away in the dark gruesome pit owned by depression. Years of my life were stolen! Years that I can never claim back. Bullied by my own inner voice, smothered in self hatred. Depression turned my mind against me. Drowning in pain. I was blinded. I failed to...
    busybrain busybrain
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 17, 2015

    Yes, It Can Be Done

    I was depressed and suicidal for the first 29 years of my life. As a child, I didn't think my parents loved me or wanted me. (Now I know they did, but never showed it in a way that I could understand.) I was socially inept and didn't get along with my peers. I endured some...
    Aeolosoma Aeolosoma
    56-60, F
    46 Responses Feb 25, 2008
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 16, 2014

    Easier Than I Thought

    I was diagnosed with chronic depression. I was depressed about everything and I was depressed about nothing. They put me on an SSRI called Lexapro, which at first seemed like a miracle drug. But after two months it put me in a constant haze where everything seemed like a dream...
    sensesfail sensesfail
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Jan 25, 2010

    How I Overcame Depression

    Just wanna share with all of you how I battled depression. I had chronic depression for years. Mostly was in a state of melancholia, bus occasionally suicidal. I found out my depression mostly stemmed from by lack of self esteem, poor future prospects, and my conservative...
    travellinglight travellinglight
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 13, 2013

    I Know How to Handle It Now

    I am forty six years old and I have been battling depression my ever since I was 12 years old.  I assume it was a hormone thing because I was a very happy child and began to experience this in my adolescence.   Although on the other hand my circumstances...
    fortysomethingwife fortysomethingwife
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Mar 12, 2009

    In the past I suffer badly from depression ,

    from my teens , to my late 20s , with support , but was determined not to do it with medication , so a change in lifestyle and outlook on life was needed . So I spent less time on my own , and socialised more and when along I spend it driving myself on positively . "The glass is...
    Fireape Fireape
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 8, 2014

    The Only Person That Turned My Life Around Was Me

    I battle depression twice in my life: between 13-15, and 17-21. My first battle was mainly because I was lonely. Everyday was pain for me. I was an awkward, yet intelligent, girl, with frizzy hair, crooked teeth, pot belly, acne, and glasses. I was bullied so much. I had no...
    NightElectric NightElectric
    22-25, F
    Jun 12, 2013

    I Still Battle It Everyday

    But I know how to beat it.  It's taken some alternative methods, a lot of work and a lot of money-but it works for me.  I have learned how to cope when the feelings come and how to let them go.  I also realize that I will ALWAYS have to deal with depression.
    snugglebunny156 snugglebunny156
    31-35, F
    3 Responses May 5, 2008

    I Love Me Now

     I know this sounds dumb, but one thing to remember about life is that you are the most important thing in only one mind...yours!While others can come and go (sad as it is) if you learn to love yourself, you will want to improve yourself and experience happiness.I hope this...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jan 5, 2010
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