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How i treated depresion without medication

Updated on November 2, 2012

How i treated depression without medication

I used to believe that depression was something associated with women and children .Now i realize that it could happen to anybody .When specialists say depression is a silent killer ,they are not far from the truth. I used some methods which could be termed as unconventional to treat myself .what you are about to read is from the horses mouth .

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How i treated depression without medication

Depression could happen to any body

When i hear about depression , i believed it was something associated with young people.That was my level of understanding as at that time. Never in my wildest dream did i believe it could happen to me.This shows that specialists are not far from the truth when they say depression is a silent killer . I looked quite normal outwardly but inside ,i knew i had lost all vigor .It hit me like a fast moving train. However, i can recollect vividly what lead me to that level .

I involved myself in the wrong deal which cleaned out my account and left me with a load of debt. As i was trying to get used to surviving with little income,creditors were at my neck .When my girlfriend discovered that push has turned shove ,she packed as many property as she could lay hands and showed me a clean pair of heels.All this stretched my endurance level to its elastic limit. Few days later , a terrible news came that my father has kicked the bucket

This was the last straw that broke the camel's back. I started having terrible headaches, heart palpitation , sleepless nights and lost of appetite . At the hospital, i was diagnosed with depression but there was no money to continue treatment . Consequently, i had to help myself with unconventional methods. Some of the methods i used include

Exercise

Nothing helped me fight depression more than exercise, i ate ,lived and breathe exercise .Every night,when sleep refused to come, i did some pushups and it helped a lot. Apart from that,exercise helped to increase my body metabolism. The shape and fitness level that i got increased my self confidence and it gave me a new lease on life.

Drinking lots of water

If there was anything like water abuse,i was guilty of it .I drank one liter of water before i sleep and it helped to increase my appetite . Secondly, i realized that water is good to detoxify the body.Every morning as i woke up i noticed that the volume of water i release increased and it added energy to the pit of my stomach

Music

I played a variety of music ,especially slow beat music . What i didn't need at that time was loud music.Most of the music i played were worship songs since i know the cause of my problem .When ever i play music i see myself in a new level of happiness.In fact i don't know what i would have done without music ,it was a life tonic.

Reading inspirational books

Uplifting books helped more than many other things in curing my depression. There was one particular inspirational book that really helped me a lot. I was able to understand that it is not what happens to you but how you handle what happens to you that makes all the difference.When they say if you are reading a good book you are conversing with the author ,it is not far from the truth. It came to my notice that most important personalities had passed through some lows in their life .This encouraged me and made me understand that it was just a passing phase

Avoiding self pity

Since i was not a child or a teenager ,i had to be strong ,looked neater and tidier than i have ever been .I also made sure my countenance didn't reveal to people that i was depressed .Besides, why would i let it out to people that i was depressed . Most people would enjoy seeing the spectacle .The rest could attribute it to some ill luck that i brought unto myself . By going it alone ,i avoided the fake pity of fake friends and it made my situation easier to handle.

This methods could be unconventional but they helped me a lot . Now ,there are books i don't read and musics i don't play because it brings me down and reminds me of my depression days. After 2months, i went back for check up and the doctor could not believe anyone could survive such levels of depression without normal treatment .

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      @anonymous: Thanks for the compliments

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and tools for fighting depression. I have suffered greatly from it at times in my life, and feel truly blessed now to be free from it. You have a great attitude!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks for the comment

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing your experience on this silent killer.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing your experience on this silent killer.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks for the reply, i used to believe it was a sign of weakness

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Depression can happen to anyone and most of us experience a good bout of it at least once in our lifetime. It's all just part of being human ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @casquid: Thanks for your comment ,i really appreciate

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I admire your courage and tenacity to overcome such a disposition. Everyone is not so Blessed. The steps taken, by you are good ones. It will go well for some people. Thank You!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for this article. It contains some good advice that I can use. I don't know that I'm clinically depressed but I fight waves of grief over my wife's progressive illness.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the comment ,if only sufferers should stop advertising it to seek for pity .

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Depression is a serious illness. There's a stigma to it in society. Wrongfully so.

      Nice lens. Sometimes it gets even worse! (from experience)

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      it works ,its tried and tasted but just like most things you have to believe in it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @SailingPassion LM: Thanks but it worked for me

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      A few good idea here

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      it worked for me it could work for you ,Thanks maraga for the comments

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      maraga 5 years ago

      good information. have been depressed and am going to use tips to handle depression