Recently found I was losing interest in most things I have been doing. Have been working hard for the last 2 years. Everything seems like a burden now and whatever i do seems worthless. Consulted a doctor and it was found i am mildly depressed. Any of you been through this? What did you do to get out of it?
- Microsoft / EngorbitalTake meds, exercise, view your willpower as the scarce resource it is, take sick days when you really don't feel like working
- Thirding this, take meds as the last resort. As cheesy as it may sound, keeping a positive mentality helps a LOT. Even if you have to kind of 'force' yourself at first, try to bring enjoyment from the things you used to enjoy, and try to break your little bubble and go out and do the things you like.Sep 3, 20171
- Because that is $ and makes you a slave due to the dependency. If a doctor recommends medicine without spending time to find out about intricacies in your life, run the opposite way.
I recently had issues with IBS type symptoms. Went to my PCP, he asked me 20 generic questions and started describing some medication scenarios. What was weird was not once did he ask about my diet. Never went to him again.
Fixed my diet to cut meat, include more greens, started working out - all issued resolved in less than a month. Just saying!
- Google / Engdiv3rmoreFrom the first hand experience: I underwent treatment for depression. My psychiatrist told me that taking meds is like supplementing chemicals that your brain is not producing sufficiently enough. I took meds for a while and I started to feel much more confident and energetic. I stopped taking meds after feeling this way but I started to notice regression. I resumed taking them, still on an irregular basis but I changed my lifestyle by exercising frequently as I realized exercise and lifestyle changes are the only way to get out it. Good luck!Sep 3, 20174
- If you start with meds, you'll create a dependency, which is more money for your doctor. Take it from experience here, it's pretty hard to drop them once you start. Yes, they'll help out a bit at first, but they'll have side effects you do NOT want. Try all the other alternatives first, and hopefully that'll help you jump this hurdle 😊
- Google / EngFluttershyIt's often been said if you could put exercise in a pill you'd be a billionaire. Having had moderate depression at times myself, I agree wholeheartedly with especially doing some moderately vigorous cardio three times a week. Couch to 5K is a good plan for getting started.Sep 5, 20171
- Don't listen people who say don't take meds. That's a stupid stigma that needs to disappear. There's nothing wrong about taking meds and they can really make a difference. Help yourself...you need to do a lot more than just taking a pill but they would definitely have a big impact as your progressively move out of that state....talk with your doctor.
- Once you reach a reasonable euthymic level and you have a healthy and balanced environment you can get off meds. I have been on and off several times depending on the periods and situations of my life and how stressing or unstable my life was.
Getting off psychiatric drugs is very straight forward. You just need to work with your doctor a plan to taper them off which is basically reducing the frequency and dosage.Sep 3, 20173
- New j0bl4rk13I have severe depression. I sometimes let doctors bully me into meds but I always have to stop taking them. My brain is too critical. I cannot problem solve the same way on meds. Solutions seem invisible, I can't keep focus, and I cannot work through math in my head as I need. I can cope on my own. I have an emergency perscription to benzos for anxiety but daily meds for depression won't work for me. I have been on everything in my lifetime. Many more than once.
The first step to overcoming depression is realizing there is no perfect fix: including meds. The second step is keeping yourself occupied and amused. I do this by trying new things, taking strategic risks, and rushing goals.
- HouseCanary rBqo26Meds have been a key component in helping me deal with my own depression. I've regretted every time I've gone off of them (some were not by choice).
My advice would be to consider meds, but also to find a good therapist. I currently have the best therapist I've ever had, and it's been a game changer for me. Therapy doesn't have side effects in the same way meds can; there's very little to lose except some time and money. Don't be afraid to try out a couple different therapists until you find one who seems helpful, either.Sep 4, 20171
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- Meds were a game changer for me, I had struggled with depression for years to the point of having to be hospitalized for three months. Then I started taking meds and now I've been in remission for 7 years. I would not have graduated college without meds. Taking meds was the best decision of my life.
- Sovos $$$???Something that helped me: Set a goal that you've always thought of doing and dedicate yourself to a plan of small, incremental steps for getting there. Following through on the plan will have positive effects that are unknowable right now. e.g. Run a 5k, learn a language and travel to a country where you can use it, go backpacking at a national park, compete in a boxing match, write a book.
- Amazon fartmanIn my case I had to leave my job because it was part of the problem. I don't necessarily recommend that due to finances etc. I took time to reflect and develop hobbies while I had no work to do. Now I have a reason to force myself not to work all the time. Take it easy. There's a lot of people in the same boat, but don't accept it. Make some changes.
- Eigen / EngchancellormoreI lost interest on stuff I do and the life I am living long time back. Only way to reenergize is socialize. Talk with people who have something to gain or lose.
If you earned enough, than visit Africa or somewhere where you can see the harshness of real life than you would appreciate whatever you got.
Basically you need a new Goal in life.
- Microsoft podelaChange, my friend. Change teams, maybe company, maybe place. Find a purpose. Volunteer. Coffee with neighbors. Help a stranger. Buddhist meditation sessions.
- Microsoft prephRead this book: https://www.amazon.com/Depression-Cure-6-Step-Program-without/dp/0738213888 It's exceptional and is written by a PhD who researched why other cultures suffer almost no depression at all. Essentially there's a few root cause reasons behind depression - sunlight, exercise, omega-3, sleep, etc. talks about the drugs being almost useless unless in the severest of cases. Helped me for sure.
- Be kind to yourself, even if is hard don't skip on little pleasures, don't hide from social interaction. Being with friends, with family - helps a lot
- Are you working with your doctor? They should have some good suggestions for steps to take and it can be helpful to have this neutral third party that knows your situation and can push you to look at feelings or actions a little differently than you might on your own (or even than a friend/family member might)
- Autodesk FartSnifrSome good advice here, but don't be so afraid of medication. Just make sure it isn't coming from a primary care Dr., but instead, a psychiatrist.
But first, try natural remedies mentioned above. In addition, see a therapist. If you can't get out of the funk, it is ok to try medication, it doesn't mean you'll be on it forever. Key is, be learning coping skills from the therapist so when you and your psychiatrist agree to end medication, you have new tools to make life easier.
Some of those tools are listed above: friends, change, meditation, the outdoors and the number one tool to help almost every health and mental issue - exercise.
Remember, these negative emotions are not forever. Emotions are temporary.