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 of the main symptoms of my depression was avoidance of just about everyone & everything. Plus the lethagy, paranioa, bad sleep, suicidial thoughts etc. If you've had depression, you'll get the picture.
Fortunately - I managed to get myself over it.
Having look over actricles about curing depression I can identify some of what helped me.
A. I got a new job, after being unemployed.
B. I decided I would walk to work.
C. I went out with the new people I met at work.
D. With my earnings I was able to clear my biggest debts.
E. I became teetotal.
F. I started a comedy watching regime.
Unemployment & financial worries are a big contributor to the feelings of anxiousness that can cause & prolong depression. When I got them sorted, the anxiety lessened.
Alcohol contributes to depressed moods - teetotalism meant I was drinking myself worse.
And walking while enjoying your surrounding (especially good in the early morning) releases natural serotonin - what you are low on when you have depression. Laughing also helps, so do chucking comedies down my own throat probably helped too!
Meeting new people & agreeing to go out meant I was getting over my avoidance & taking some risk. As I had some good times, I got my "pleasure rewards" back.
Getting over depression didn't happen all at once - it took closer to a year to say I no longer that the issues that were plaguing me.
However, I just thought people should know that getting over depression is possible, with out having to resort anti-depressants, anti-anxiety or even sleeping tablets.
It's probalbly a bit more complicated if your depression is pain related, but even then there are pain management options & there's exercises that help not only reduce the pain, but increase your own sense of well being.