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Depressed?

Cisco / EngBrytfuture
Sep 3, 2017

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?

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  • Microsoft / Engorbital
    Take meds, exercise, view your willpower as the scarce resource it is, take sick days when you really don't feel like working
    Sep 3, 20179
    • Microsoft / EngPillow
      ^this. But id put 'take meds' as last option unless you have severe depression. Most of the times, healthy diet, regular exercise and disconnecting from work to focus on other things will do the trick.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Microsoft / Engorbital
      Yeah, good point. Don't start out with meds. They cause sexual problems and make everything feel very flat.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Microsoft antimony
      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, 2017
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      The first things my doc recommended was meds. If meds are bad not sure why would she do that...
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Microsoft / EngPillow
      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!
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Google / Eng
      div3r

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      From 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, 2017
    • Microsoft antimony
      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 😊
      Sep 3, 2017
    • GoPro @@@@@@
      Excersize has been proven to be equally effective as medicine for mild and moderate depression. Go for nature walks..It's works like magic. Seriously
      Sep 4, 2017
    • Google / EngFluttershy
      It'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, 2017
  • Amazon 💩lit
    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.
    Sep 3, 20176
    • Microsoft !=hotdog
      ^^ this... Prozac has helped me quite a bit, especially when my depression was negatively affecting my work performance. Diet and exercise helps but it's not magic, some people can benefit from meds, they help me.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      Yes, my doctor recommended meds. Wondering if its easy to stop meds after the purpose is solved though...
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Amazon 💩lit
      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, 2017
    • I 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.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • HouseCanary rBqo26
      Meds 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, 2017
    • New / Engᕕ( ᐕ )ᕗ
      Try bupropion if you don't want to use an SSRI. Personally, these strike the perfect balance for me.
      Sep 4, 2017
  • Google dtpp
    I am under same situation. I am diagnosed with clinical depression. Travel helps , spending more time with family and friends is helping. Thinking of taking a new hobby and learn a new skill.
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Microsoft I ❤️ bOObs
    Google for 'Google depression test'. It is simple and helpful
    Sep 3, 20171
    • Goodman DeadSoul
      And have you read their privacy statement. They will use some anonymous data to their advantage. And the organization they have tied up with isn't even government recognized. It may be a helpful test but I'm worried about what they could do with that data. Misplaced fear?? Maybe.
      Sep 4, 2017
  • Salesforce SalesDaddy
    Have you tried crying at your desk
    Sep 4, 20170
  • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
    OP
    Already overwhelmed with the number of helpful suggestions....🙏
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Bloomberg iaYM02
    Don't take meds. Exercise, rest, socialize, add more variety to your life.
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Facebook vvvvvvvv
    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.
    Sep 3, 20173
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      Sad to know you had to go through this...
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Facebook vvvvvvvv
      Thanks but I've been completely normal for 7 years now. I'm actually one of the happiest people I know, and I think my friends can't believe I was ever depressed. It's all because of the meds.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Google mlm
      which meds do you take?
      Sep 4, 2017
  • 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.
    Sep 3, 20172
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      My work and family suck all my time... not sure if i can do something extra
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      Appreciate the suggestion though...
      Sep 3, 2017
  • Amazon fartman
    In 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.
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Eigen / Eng
    chancellor

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    I 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.
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Microsoft podela
    Change, my friend. Change teams, maybe company, maybe place. Find a purpose. Volunteer. Coffee with neighbors. Help a stranger. Buddhist meditation sessions.
    Sep 3, 20173
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      Yeah i think i need to get out of this soul crushing job
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Databricks / Eng
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      Yeah start interviewing. Also exercise
      Sep 4, 2017
    • Cisco cpIM32
      Try Interview Kickstart
      Sep 5, 2017
  • Microsoft preph
    Read 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.
    Sep 3, 20172
    • Cisco / EngKeepworkin
      Great book!
      Nov 17, 2017
    • Microsoft 🛩jetpilot
      Exceptional book. I’ve read it. Super helpful
      Nov 17, 2017
  • IBM ibdhsd
    I'm super depressed. I bought a ukelele... And am learning to play it. It is helping...
    Sep 3, 20170
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    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
    Sep 3, 20171
    • Microsoft antimony
      I found that this helped quite a lot more than I anticipated. It will probably be harder at first, but focus a bit more on doing things that made you feel happy.
      Sep 3, 2017
  • Uber xuulndr
    Exercise is super important - try to make it a priority every day. Diet is the next most important thing to address, followed by sleep. Focus on making your schedule very regular.
    Sep 3, 20170
  • ServiceNow / Eng༼ つ ◕_◕༽つ
    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)
    Sep 3, 20172
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      Yes she suggested meds. I have postponed taking them but looks like i will need them.
      Sep 3, 2017
    • ServiceNow / Eng༼ つ ◕_◕༽つ
      I hope it works well for you! (and if not, they should make adjustments until you find something that helps)
      Sep 3, 2017
  • Autodesk FartSnifr
    Some 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.
    Sep 4, 20170
  • Amazon Wildhawk
    Do something new that you haven't tried yet.... Go out, meet new people, it helps
    Sep 3, 20170
  • Microsoft bQkz48
    Age? 40+ totally normal
    Sep 3, 20172
    • Cisco / EngBrytfuture
      OP
      36
      Sep 3, 2017
    • Microsoft bQkz48
      Mmm try some sport and socialize, started to happen to me a couple years ago I found many 40+ go for the same issue independently how good the salary is, still I suffer from the same but I have 3 kids and a wife so I have to do my job anyway.
      Sep 3, 2017
  • Cisco zJUn18
    Try breathing exercises , meditate and eat dopamine rich positive food .. this will energize your body , calm your mind and give you good mood.. probably could help
    Sep 3, 20170
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    Sleep is very necessary, otherwise you get in a vicious cycle: you don't like what you , you need more time to mobilize to do regular stuff like work, you skip on sleep, and then you are tired and are doing the work even slower...which is depressing
    Sep 3, 20170

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