You asked the million dollar question: How to deal with depression. Well as far as I'm concerned, this is one problem that can be fixed.
While our minds are constantly bouncing around all day long from one idea and thought to another, like it or not, we're not computers where we can do more than one task at a time. Now since we can only really do one thing at a time, then why not use that brain control in a positive way. Depression are thought patterns about ones self. "I'm feeling miserable." "Nobody knows what I'm going through," and the list goes on and on. The way I deal with depression is by avoiding "me" at all costs. The less I think about me, the less depression is a part of my life. Instead replace it with thinking and doing things for others. It's simple to do and it's amazing just how much faster a person can feel better, not to mention how much easier it is for everyone else that's in our lives. My second fall back method for dealing with depression is to compare my lives with others.
While it's easy to buy into the idea that we've got it so much harder than anyone could possibly know, this just couldn't be further from the real truth. Sure, we have those months when the house and car insurance payments hit on the same month or the hot water tank blew up and the cat brought up another hair ball, but compared to the rest of the world, we're the luckiest people in the world. In Mexico if your home has windows, you're doing well. Heating and cooling systems are only for the wealthy. Owning a car for many is a dream they'll always have, but never enjoy because of the cost of buying, insuring and paying for the fuel. Even clean water and food at prices that don't empty out the wallet are things we take for granted that so many in this world of ours will never in million years enjoy.
Tonight I'll be just like every other typical American and grab a bite of dinner from my fridge that's usually stocked pretty darn good. If the humidity is a bit high, I'll turn on the A/C to remove the moisture from the air so I sleep better. Then I'll go into my living room and kick back in my recliner and watch some TV with a lap full of goodies. While this might be normal and no big deal to us, trust me, it's a concept and living idea that simply blows so many people in so many other countries away. Now if I were in their shoes, then I'd have a reason to be "really" depressed, but I know that while my problems are a pain in the neck and I wish they'd ease up, I'm very blessed. That's how I deal with depression. Hope it works for you, Bob.
After an accident in 1997 crushed the nerves in my pelvis, halfway down the calf and at the fibular head (knee), my left leg slowly started to turn color from the foot up, along with swelling and temp change. Within 2 weeks I was diagnosed with RSD. By 1999 I landed in a wheelchair and started a life taking narcotics all the time. In 2004 I got an Intrathecal morphine pump &5 years ago the RSD spread to my right leg and has done around 80% of the damage it did to my left leg in half the time. 1 1/2 years ago I went septic, and the infection did go body-wide. After 2 days in the hospital I then had a clot in my lungs. Both should have killed me, but this time I got lucky. Meanwhile I've been battling blood clots for the last 4 years. A year ago my left leg was ampuated above the knee after ging septic. Guess that about say's it all. Bob.