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5 Ways to Snap Out of Depression

Updated on September 16, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

Don't Feel Sorry for Yourself

Depression Hurts - The first step is to talk to somebody, your general practitioner, your religious leader or a therapist.

All Doctors agree that stress, anxiety, pressure, doubts, and fears can hurt anyone’s health physically, mentally and emotionally.

However, for many years I existed in a state of persistent worry, stress, anxiety, fear, panic, and trauma that put a lot of pressure on me. External influences also have affected my moods and state of mind, but I got help and so can you.

Depression is a mental illness that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. It’s one of the most common mental illnesses.

I think one thing is that anybody who's had to contend with mental illness - whether it's depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever - actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they've had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering.

— Kay Redfield Jamison

You Are Not Alone

"It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Robert Schumann has been mentioned. Also, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, some of them with rather grim ends." Stephen Fry

I Created a Monster in my Head

I had to demonize the critical voice and make it the enemy. For me doing so created a physic warfare. I would create a reality with no basis in fact and convince myself that the things I was building were real. Was I a fake and meaningless person?

I felt as if I had a Demon on one of my shoulders and an Angel on the other shoulder; negative and positive thoughts about myself and my life. It was so destructive and didn't solve a thing.

I realized, with help, I deserve to love myself and be proud of me!

Judgments Hurt - Don't be Victimized

People will call you crazy. The problem with this kind of logic is it's acting on flawed precepts. It is one of those off the wall phrases which coincides with the term 'nobody's perfect'; the human race's tendency is to make mistakes, big and small.

We can play word games, tossing concepts around, but being called crazy is entirely inapplicable to the experiences of reality. I am the only person that has walked in my shoes. You are the only person that has walked in your shoes. Who are these "enlightened people" that has the right to judge us?

I Want More - Rosa's Concepts

I want greener grass every season

Where there is no such reason

I want an abundance of love and affection

Where there is no such rejection

I want a bigger and better distribution

Where there is no such substitution.

I want more of a heartfelt connection

Where there is no such perfection

Understand Your Depression

My Tug of War

My thoughts keeps churning and twisting
From all my mixed emotions,
Being trapped in my tug of war
Like an imprudent dream that I keep having
Why do I feel this way?
Thoughts are like a shooting star
That flashes through my mind
Through the great division within my soul
0 the thoughts inside my head
The light that ignites my soul is burning my heart
A feeling that begs for me to reach out
Hurting me like a splitting headache
I am scared to know what it's like to be loved
Maybe I'm not marked for happiness
But as amazing as some people are
It's not enough to make me believe I am worthy
That someone could ever actually understand me
It is impossible.
I will always be alone,
Trapped in my tug of war

For bipolar in adults, I think there's pretty good agreement about what this looks like. For bipolar in children, there is some considerable debate about where are the boundaries. At the mild end, are these just kids who are active? Is this the class clown at the very severe - is this something other than a mood disorder?

— Thomas R. Insel

Success Starts With You

Lifestyle Changes in Coping With Depression

You can also make lifestyle changes that can improve your self-esteem. Aim for as much balance as possible in your life. Set goals. Here are some thoughts;

  • eating a healthy diet - stop snacking and give up junk food
  • getting regular exercise - walk more, take the stairs, clean the house
  • getting a good night sleep - early to bed, relax
  • volunteering - hospital, nursing home, other
  • a new hobby - painting, needlepoint, other
  • socializing - join a bowling league, participate in a club, and spending time with friends who make you feel good about who you are.

I'm bipolar, but I'm not crazy, and I never was. I'm stark raving sane.

— Emilie Autumn

We Are All Human

Accept That You Can't Change Others

We live on the assumption that we can help change someone. We invest a lot of time, funds and possessions to try to change someone. Our intentions are indisputable, but the outcome is a letdown. We cannot turn a person around. Therefore our efforts are completely sabotaged. We then feel helpless and depressed.

Sometimes we adjust our behavior and attitude to accommodate someone; looking for ways to work with their character. We accept this kind of relationship because this person shows physical affection, material /gifts, kind words, assistance with chores, etc. Thinking the right behavior cancels out who the person is (controlling, verbally abusive, sexually abusive, physically abusive, demanding, threatening, etc.).

Sometimes it is relatives that trigger our depression. However, we can't change their behavior same as we can't change their DNA.

In conclusion, we choose between accepting to live with a bad relationship and ending the relationship. Either decision can put us in a state of depression.

It is evident that we are who we are too. We are all capable of improving individual skills and intelligence through education. We all can train ourselves or be able to develop new traits. However, all these efforts only improve us and make us better at dealing with depression none of it changes us per say.

Negative thinking patterns can be immensely deceptive and persuasive, and change is rarely easy. But with patience and persistence, I believe that nearly all individuals suffering from depression can improve and experience a sense of joy and self-esteem once again.

— David D. Burns

Be Positive In all Things - Survival Skills

Life is amazing! To take care of yourself physically, spiritually and emotionally is the best gift you can give yourself and those who love you.

Taking care of yourself and reducing the stress in your life.

Life is not a bed of roses. There will always be thorns. It is our attitude, how we land on our feet, and how we hit the curve balls and the fastballs that life pitches.

Science

"The ever-quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essence of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disease. " James D. Watson

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© 2017 Rosa Ann Crowder

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      John Johnson 7 months ago

      Activity:

      Solve this crossword puzzle focusing on mental illness.

      1 2 3

      4 5 6

      7 8

      9

      10

      11

      12

      Across

      6 People with mental illness generally experience a change in this

      7 Failure to get treatment for mental illness can hurt these between people

      10 Excessive worry about an upcoming event or task

      11 This gender is statistically more likely to have depression

      12 One symptom of mental illness is losing this in hobbies and pastimes

      Down

      1 A risk factor involving DNA

      2 Mental illness is a type of this, which also includes diabetes and cancer

      3 PET and MRI are examples of this type of technology

      4 A mental illness exhibited by excessive and prolonged sadness

      5 These are imbalanced in the brain in a person with a mental illness

      8 Psychotherapy and medication, for example

      9 Negative attitudes about people with a mental illness

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      Misty Anderson 7 months ago

      I am glad you are doing better. Good job writing about depression.

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      jerry carman 7 months ago from 1724 st. james place elkhart,indiana

      I have been reading your hub and you have the right ideas even with pictures and bold headings. Before you contact a doctor pray about it first!

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      Rosa Ann Crowder 8 months ago from Valley

      Thank you Debra

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      debra willingham 8 months ago

      loved reading this ty