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I Overcame Depression

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    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 2 Responses Jun 23, 2011

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    Was Depressed ~18 Years, Recently Defeated It

    My overall temperament gradually improved, especially in the past couple of years, but I didn't chemically beat depression until only recently (at 19 years old). It helped that I experienced love for the first time, which made all sorts of nice chemicals swirl around in my brain...
    rowingineden rowingineden 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 12, 2010

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    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 2 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    Want This World To Be Happy Place

    hello friends , i am medical practioner by profession i want to share some medical fact and mystery to be happy always 1) we all are destined to be happy and prosperous, but y most of them are not happy? ans- actually we all search a happiness in something which is of some...
    chokien chokien 22-25 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

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    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 17

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    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 46-50 Aug 18

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    Once You Hit Rock Bottom, The Only Other Way To Go Is Up

    I had depression starting when I was 8 years old. At the time I didn't know it was called depression; I just knew I was sad all the time. My parents were getting a divorce and my mom was explaining it to me. I knew what was going on but I didn't know everything. While they were...
    flannelsandlife flannelsandlife 16-17, F Aug 24, 2013

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    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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    I Overcame It

    i had depression for five years, i was in and out of hospital on various medications. i eventually overcame it but it was very hard. i have now found a suitable anti depressant and i think that has helped alot although i still have my bad days. my adive would be get help and dont...
    danifantastic danifantastic 18-21, F May 16, 2009

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    Invitation For Radio Interview

    Your stories about depression are inspiring. I am a licensed therapist with a radio show and I would love to interview someone who is willing to share their story.
    Shanekam Shanekam 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2013

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    Near Death Resurrection

    In the past i have seperated from my wife because i got married young and thought that i wasnt really ready for it...Ive always been a person to not want to hurt anyone so i tried battling my feelings inside and trying to not hurt her. It didnt work out so well. I started going...
    jbratnick jbratnick 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 9, 2012

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    Early Years

    I am not sure if I tried suicide but was definitely depressed years ago. I have since overcame it. Nothing changed except my perspective. Your perception is truly important not just a pundits way of dissuading someones conclusion.There is always a better way to spend your life.
    myhue myhue 22-25, M Jun 4, 2013

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    A few years back I was very depressed

    and it seemed like everything horrible that could possibly happen did. I started cutting, stopped eating, and shut everybody out of my life. It went from bad to worse when I attempted suicide a few times. This may sound cliché but it's true, I met a guy who made me feel so good...
    Avery1313 Avery1313 13-15, F Jul 21

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    Life Is Like A Music Box

    Music cannot be heard if its not cranked, when its winded up the music begins. Just like life despite your situation life can only go one way. Its either a sweet melody or a song of sorrow.  I have come to understand things will not be better no matter how hard I try, I do...
    SacredTune SacredTune 16-17 Jan 18, 2012

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    04-02-13

    Slowly I want to fight depression. Starting now I will do so (: I will not speak of depression anymore. I will not cry when telling my story to my therapist. I will just put a smile on my face while she stares at me..
    sunflower300 sunflower300 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 2, 2013

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    On February 14 2014 I tried to kill myself

    and then went to the hospitable, when I was there they ask me "why do you want to kill yourself" I said " I'm just tired of being bullied and did not have any friend". After that day I stood up for myself and said I" don't give two **** of what you say" and after that day they...
    warfire23 warfire23 22-25, M Mar 12

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    feel like that anymore, or ever again, so I changed."
    ElementalOdyssey ElementalOdyssey 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    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 41-45, F 3 Responses May 25

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    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 49 Responses Feb 25, 2008

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    It wasn't easy. But with sheer determination

    and after much soul searching, I managed to keep my depression at bay. As much as I'd like to delude myself that depression is "defeated," I know it could come back if I slip up.
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 26-30, M Aug 18

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    Try This Little Experiment And See If You Can Figure Out What Really Makes 'You' Happy!

    http://www.upworthy.com/scientists-discover-one-of-the-greatest-contributing-factors-to-happiness-youll-thank-me?c=gt1
    TtotheD TtotheD 56-60, M Sep 26, 2013

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    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 1 Response May 31

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    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 1 Response Oct 17, 2011

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    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

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    What Do You Each Mean By 'depression'.

    I am reading stories about 'recoveries' from 'depression' but in many of the stories what is being described does not seem to be depression. if we are talking about depression as a condition that overcomes and overwhelmes and appears to have no root or recent catalyst. Some...
    Samerac Samerac 36-40 4 Responses Oct 13, 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 6

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    Simple

    very simple. i started my depression when i was 11 when i wanted to kill myself. it stuck until i was about 19 when i was able to pull myself out of it with a lot of time and effort. all i can say is simply DO NOT GIVE UP. if i can make it through the hell i went through(living...
    Spilled Spilled 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2013

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    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

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    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 13-15, F Mar 16

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    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 36-40, M 2 Responses Mar 8

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    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

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    Just when I think I'm not getting anywhere in

    life, I remind myself that there's others that are doing worst than me, and that's when I thank GOD for providing what I need...so cheer up and forget about what your mind whispers, and say. " I feel better, because I choose to "...now start your day and be all positive vibes...
    Daprofessional Daprofessional 41-45, M Feb 20

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    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...
    Awanputih Awanputih 18-21 2 Responses May 15, 2013

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    I battled depression

    and won but I still have depressed moments
    NemDragon NemDragon 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 30

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    Comes and Gos

    I am currenty fighting it! i am really happy right now. So i feel like this is something that wont fade. Bad things happen but i cant let them get me down any more. Staying strong and fighting through it. I dont think i will ever truly concor it cause its a day to day thing. but...
    tomtombear tomtombear 18-21, M 4 Responses Sep 16, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    Life Story

      I think I need to explain the process of going down emotionally, and list some of the dysfunctional thoughts and how I got them. I will not talk about all of my problems because it will take too long. I will talk mostly about my dad which was probably 50% of my problems...
    fernjim fernjim 61-65 Jul 15, 2009

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    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 2 Responses Jan 5, 2012

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    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

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    Stufy Stufy 46-50 Jun 30

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    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 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 6

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