What to do during depression?

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Chennai Queen
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   Posted 1/6/2010 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have been going through the posts here and the responses and all I can feel is "Thank God for the Internet!" I have been stewing for the past few days - didnt know this resource was there. Am so glad that I have finally found it.

Briefly - I go through episodes of depression - now for the last 28years. For about 12 years I was on Prozac - God bless whoever made it - and it was such a relief. But then i realised that I have to find the strength within, build it up, find support, etc. so that I dont need to be on meds forever. The doc agreed and I have managed quite well. I am a fairly good girl now - eat properly, sleep for 8 hours, pre-empt stress, exercise (okay on this I am not so good), be nice to me - you know, do all the right things.

I do get episodes still, but not so bad and not so often.

However on 31st December I snapped - lot of stress - personal, work, family, everything through December. And then I couldnt snap out of it. I went through the whole range - no feeling, sleeping too much, tired all the time, didnt feel like talking to anyone, cried a lot - all of you know how it is. I feel better today, but not quite there yet.

What I am wondering is - when the episode is mild one can handle it - there are many tips for living with depression. But what does one do during the worst of it? When I simply cant get the energy to call a friend or send out an email or get on to the net? When I just want to curl up and hope to never to wake up again. I tried music, but after some time I couldnt handle the "noise"!!!

Do any of you have any one thing that you do during that time that helps? Please share it.

Many thanks for your responses - in advance - such a relief to find this forum.

Linx
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   Posted 1/6/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I find that sometimes if I turn on the TV that it helps to distract me or my thoughts. I guess it's all about distraction and finding something to distract your mind from thinking what you are in and about. I have taken on some hobbies such as jewlerie, or painting etc. I have to really push my self to go out side even to just look around and just to get the mail. Try real hard to stay in touch!. wish you all the best and I know how hard the depression can be as I'm in the middle of a deep one at this very moment....

getting by
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chennai Queen,
 
Welcome to the forum, and thank you for this post.  I think it would be nice if we all shared what we do to help us to feel better.
 
I know that sleeping isn't the answer, but often I allow myself to do that, and I feel better the next day.  I think guilt plays a big part in our deperssion.  And feeling guilty for doing nothing is hard to deal with.  But sometimes we just need the rest and to excape from everyday life.
 
Walking is good.  I do that a lot.  It seems to be good physically and mentally.  Also taking life one day at a time.  Try not to worry about the past or the future, stay in the "now". 
 
I hope that this helps some, and I hope that others reply with their ways to cope.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful day.  Stay with us.
 
Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
hi and welcome. walking, agree with karen, it is a good mental distraction-you see stuff, feel the wind, say hi to passes by, feel the chill and or warmth, you see birds, you may think a bit better as well. it helps me. you now when to push yourself, and now when you need rest, it is a balancing act living with depression. try not to isolate if you can, this is because you roomanate with your thoughts, thus sinking a tad. sadly depression is an insidious beast, and can strike when you are at your best, worst and in between, but know this, we all on this forum live with depression and we are here for support. with compassion, jamie.
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Chennai Queen
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   Posted 1/7/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot, Linx, Karen and Jamiee

The TV has been on today - and it has been distracting me!

getting by
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   Posted 1/7/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
That is good, sometimes you just have to allow yourself to do nothing but relax.  I am going through that rignt now.  Need a medication adjustment.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
  1. yes to that karen, relax!!
  2. good luck with the adjustment.
  3. cheers, with compassion, jamie. smurf

YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


loveless
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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Read a book. Have a movie marathon. Those are certainly my favorite things to do when I'm feeling down. It puts your mind in a completely different place.

Chennai Queen
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Loveless - thanks - that should be my name - loveless :)

loveless
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's fitting for many! :)
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