Hello, Taraturtle, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
You've been given some very helpful information, and I hope you will apply as much as is appropriate for you.
Deep in the minds of all of us who suffer depression is the idea that we will one day be okay and that it's up to us to make sure that happens. I've found that reliance on a religious Superior Being has been of great help and supplementing that with meditation, as was suggested by Gettingby, is a double whammy at knocking out depression.
Try to help yourself, not only in spiritual ways, but also in physical ways, as well. Please do not eat or drink anything with caffeine in it, because while it gives a momentary boost, it causes a reaction by creating a drop in feeling tone as soon as the caffeine wears off. The same thing is true of alcohol and chocolate; they all provide momentary relief but make the illness worse after the positive effects wear off. (Those two directives were given to me by my pschiatrist when I first saw one for depression.) In addition, they are addictive, and you want to avoid that at all costs.
Watch your diet, as well. Look at a website called Alkaline Foods.com and try to use foods of that type rather than foods that are acidic in reaction. Foods can be calming, too, as they react chemically with the fluids of our bodies. Lemon juice is one such example.
You have a journey to make to come out of the tunnel of depression. Once you've come through that into the sunlight, life will be far more effective for you and you will enjoy living.
Take care of yourself--that's the ultimate goal.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/13/2012 7:24:04 AM (GMT-6)