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Healing Through Words.

Updated on September 20, 2021

Learning to cope

We all have our own vices, and different ways of coping with depression. Some people choose therapists, and/or medication (prescribed by a doctor). Others find it quite therapeutic to write down their feelings choosing to use their paper and pen as their therapists, and/or medication. I am one of those people who chose the pen over the pill, not saying medicine is bad. Some people truly need it and find it helpful and probably couldn't live without it. So please, please don't go off your meds, or stop seeing your therapist if those work for you.

I used to be on depression medication and I hated the way it made me feel. They had me on so much medicine as a kid. I felt kind of like a guinea pig they had me on one medicine for depression, one pill to help me sleep because of the depression medication. Then they had to give me another pill to fix what issues the sleeping medicine caused and so on and so on. The mix of all these pills made me feel somewhat like a numb, intoxicated zombie. Half the time I felt like I was living in a nightmare, I never want to feel like that again. In my opinion, some of the medicines on the market today can actually make your depression much worse, and every pill doesn't work the same way on everybody. Plus if you don't really need them to begin with, they can really mess up your whole nervous system. It can cause somewhat of a reverse reaction. Besides, I've always been a very self-expressive person. So a medication that made it to where I couldn't even think clear made me even more depressed. I felt helpless and sad, and didn't want to do anything but sit around, eat and sleep.

Since I have started writing again, I realized what a good outlet it has become, for helping me to cope with my depression. The main reason I felt depressed to begin with is because I always kept stuff bottled up inside all the time, instead of letting it out. Writing allowed me to pour it all out. I used my pen and paper as a tool for releasing everything that was bugging me.

When you writing you're free to write down everything you have ever wanted to say without limits or filters. You can finally scold all those people who've caused you pain or stress in your life. You would be amazed at how wonderful it will make you feel, it's such a great release. Doing this along with a good nutritious diet, and exercise is how I have personally been winning my battle with depression.

I have stated this before but I feel the need to repeat it. Please understand that I am not suggesting people should stop taking their medications, that they are currently prescribed by their physician. After all that would be crazy, I'm not a doctor. Certain depression medications, do actually work for some people. Everyone has different brains, and bodies so people have different reactions to different things. Writing has made me feel so free and alive. I never found peace through taking medication, just numbness. I love my long lost vice, and I will write until I can't write anymore.




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    • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Thank you for your comments, and Camille, I do the same. I love my little brown leather notebook, it goes everywhere I do.

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      Camille Harris 

      6 years ago from SF Bay Area

      "Most of the reasons a person gets depressed to begin with, is because they keep stuff bottled up inside all the time, instead of letting it out."

      Bingo! I take a little notebook around with me, just to get my thoughts out. It is really helpful, and I'd recommend others try it as well.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      10 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, prettynutjob30, (I am not at ease typing your title) I appreciated this hub a lot. May I confess? I suffer from depression stemming from my being diagnosed with Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy in my nerve endings. I started this 'road of pain' in 2003 and there is NOT a cure for either one of these. Until 2002, I had never spent a week in any hospital, then one night at my job, my appendix finally ruptured...they had been ruptured for some time, according to the surgeons who worked to save my life. And when I got home, long story short, I swelled and swelled, and began feeling fire in my bones, joints, muscles...went to every specialist in two states. Finally, at wit's end, a great M.D. in Birmingham, Alabama, said according to my tests, I had these afflictions which work on the mental state of a person as well as the physical. I suppose that even after 2 therapists and 1 psychiatrist, I am learning to cope with the fact that I cannot work anymore, drive a car, lift heavy objects, I feel like half a man. That is true. I take meds everyday and have spinal injections in my spine every 3 months, but life was never promised, even by Christ, to be fair, so I found hubs and how much more useful I feel at getting to write and maybe cause someone to laugh. That feels good. And I am so glad you are on here with me. YOU ARE A TERRIFIC TALENT. Voted UP, Useful, Awesome, Interesting, Beautiful. Kenneth

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      10 years ago

      You are right. Things become good and situations become easy, when we think positive.

      You should promote your hub on traffup. More and more people should read it. Voted up :)

    • codeiris profile image


      10 years ago from Milky Way

      Feeling good and thinking positively matters a lot :)

    • epigramman profile image


      10 years ago

      ..I deal with 'situational' depression so you can imagine that I find your hub subject and you the writer both brave and courageous and inspiring too!

      It was fate that brought me here tonight - and it will be destiny that will bring me back ......

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      10 years ago


      I deal with bipolar disorder and I tried 13 different medications for several years, in which none of them truly worked for me and the side affects were not beneficial. Through a good counselor, I have learned to recognize the symptoms and manage them through doing activities that would be soothing for the depression and mania episodes. I appreciate your hub on this topic. :)


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