Depression - page 2

Anyone have experience with depression? What helped you? I have a strong family Hx and have intermittently had mild-moderate depression over the years. Recently though I have suffered "severe"... Read More

  1. by   augigi
    Thankyou for sharing your stories and tips. I've started medication, and still attending the psychologist for weekly cognitive behavioural therapy. I've also been overwhelmed by support from my friends, family and workmates. Hopefully things get brighter soon
  2. by   Tweety
    Quote from augigi
    Depression isn't "about" something. It may be exacerbated by certain stressors, but it's due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. I don't personally think reading the bible will help with that as I believe "god helps those who help themself", but thanks for the input.
    I'm sure you meant that your personal depression isn't about anything, rather than a blanket statement about all depression in all people.

    There is situational depression that many people experience and to say "it's just a chemical embalance that needs correction" is only part of the equation for them.

    The Bible didn't help my severe depression I went through in the 80s. However, besides emotionally depressed, physically in horrible shape and exhausted, I was spiritually bankrupt. The recovery was long and slow and all areas needed to be addressed for me to find lasting peace. To this day I need to be attuned to those areas.

    Good luck with the medication.
    Last edit by Tweety on Sep 29, '06
  3. by   MarySunshine
    Exercise helps me very much with moderate depression. I literally think of it as my life-line. My time at the gym isn't just about being more cardiovascularly fit or better looking (that helps!) but I feel like a different person if I don't exercise. Best wishes, augigi.
  4. by   augigi
    Major clinical depression is by definition rarely "situational". That is what I was referring to.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from augigi
    Major clinical depression is by definition rarely "situational". That is what I was referring to.

    O.K. Won't go off topic any further. Thanks for the clarification.
  6. by   augigi
    MarySunshine, you inspired me to get off the couch and go for a walk!
  7. by   jennshort568
    I am BiPolar and have so far only applied to nursing school. I have been in school for four years just not nursing. The right medications is only part of it. Talk therapy helps alot and gives me the skills I need to make it thru each day. Exercise and diet are crucial. I used to just pop the pills and wait for recovery. It wont come like that. You have to work at it and it is a struggle. But with the three things it is very 'do-able' (lack of a better word there....)