just dont let it take over you, even when you feel like it already has, there's still a bit of you in you, just keep going and try not think negatively and keep your self busy, talk to people, etc, just dont give up you're not alone, im having the same stugles, we'll get through it together, just stay strong and belive :)
I know what it's like to feel depressed. it's not a lot of fun. But I do believe things will get better as time goes on. We just got to keep faith in ourselves.
Anxiety and depression can lead us to frustration, self loathing, and pain, right? Well, I read something once that has helped me cope with these destructive results of depression. It was the idea that we who suffer from depression are sick with the illness. It could be compared to diabetes or cancer. This lead me to realize that there is nothing wrong with me as an individual, but that I am uhealthy. I hope that this attitude towards your depression will help.
I know that this small piece of advice wont solve your inner battle but it's a start.
Other things to consider and think about are treating yourself like you would a sick friend; show sympathy and kindness towards yourself as you would a sick friend. Don't give into the self loathing.
Anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, finding the source of your depression through counselling and therapy (don't give up after seeing one therapist--it takes time to find the right one!) and life style changes can also send you towards recovery.
I wish you luck. You're not alone, enduring the pain.
Also, a note to Exceptionallady, "drugs" from doctors have proven to be beneficial and successful for many people until they're able to pick up the pieces in their lives, in turn, finishing their use of medication.
They are not for every one. DeathRabbit.
I agree. I'm glad you found things that work for you. I wanted to comment only to aid the diffusion of the stigma around anti-depressants.
I have had some serious anxiety since grade school. It will take me out for days if I don't practice my coping techniques....Yoga. Brick house Yoga.(is so sexy)Run, or walk. Take a hot bath with a bunch of oils. Lotion, back rubs, candles, ginger ale, gum,Read out loud to some one who needs it, origami, no booze, no drugs from doctors, and talk about it. Do not supress it. Be very careful who you talk about it to too. It is easy to be vunerable in that state. I get it. The "imbalance" as the lizard says can be situaltional or dietary and you are to busy to notice. Nothing is wrong with you. Careful with caffine. Some of us have more powerful reations to what we put in us and around than others...Take it easy and smile. If you can
Read the book, Hope and Help for Your Nerves (Signet) by Claire Weekes. You wont regret it.
I get it from my lyme I hope it goes away
Anti-depressants and counselling first. Then systematically removing unnecessary stress. You have to be ruthless about that process. That's why the medication has to come first. It's almost impossible to know what you should keep in your life when your self esteem is affected by a chemical imbalance. It's also really handy not to have expectations of yourself whilst you are in the process of healing. Good luck with it. :o)