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For the majority of my life, starting around age 13, I’ve suffered from clinical depression, which is apparently fancier than occasional depression, because I like to go all out when I get a disorder or condition! It’s gotten significantly better since I had my son, although his birth story brought on a whole new level of trauma! During my teen years and early 20s, though, there were times I didn’t think I’d make it. Obviously, I did make it, but with a lot of help and therapy. Researching alternative depression therapies really helped me find ways of coping with depression, especially since I can’t take most anti-depressant pills. They make me really, really wonky. Like off my rocker even more than usual. They work great for other people, I’m sure, but for me, not so much.
Coping with depression when you can’t take anti-depressants
First of all, let me make it clear that I have nothing against depression therapies involving medicine. I know plenty of people who take them and they work great. I have a weird system, and everything I’ve tried has made me feel worse. I think it has something to do with my anxiety disorder (because one disorder isn’t enough, apparently!). Since I can’t take medication, I’ve had to find other ways to “fix” myself and get through the rough times. The things that really helped me the most are:
Spending Time with my Dogs
Having a pet to care for and snuggle with is one of the best alternatives forms of depression therapies, in my opinion. During the years that I was suffering from severe depression related to my infertility, it was my dogs that kept me going. The times I wanted to just curl up and die, I’d think about how sad they would be to see me go. Oh, sure, my family would be sad too, but to me, knowing that my dogs would think I just up and abandoned them made me want to hang on.
Relaxing with my super cool kid!
Once I had Jacob, after getting over the initial shock of having a preemie, a lot of my depression issues started to subside. Just spending time with him helps a lot! It’s hard to be down when your child is so full of life and love. His goofiness definitely brings a smile to my face every time I look at him.
Finding happiness in every-day moments
One of the major things that really helped is lowering my expectations of what I need to be happy. I’ve been broke more often than I’ve had money in my life, so money can’t be the root of my happiness. I’ve had a few really bad relationships, and learned that I can’t look to another person to make me truly happy. I finally discovered that life is full of so many little things that can bring joy. A really awesome cup of coffee, a fun day hiking near a gorgeous waterfall, an amazing book to curl up with long into the night- these are all ways to find pieces of happiness. When you’re suffering from depression, those little pieces can add up to a nice chunk of happy times.
Researching my condition
My therapist used to laugh at me because she said I knew more about depression and anxiety than she did sometimes! I can tell you pretty much exactly why I react certain ways to certain things, right down to what chemicals are at play. Researching my depression issues became super important back when I was about 22, around the same time I discovered the internet. I spent hours pouring over articles and looking for the causes of depression as well as how to deal with it. I still do! Lifescript.com provides medical information, tips and advice that are all written by professional health writers, experts and physicians. It’s a fantastic resources for researching your medical conditions. Knowledge really is power, especially when it comes to depression. Even if you don’t suffer from depression, they have really great articles on helping friends cope!
Want more information on coping with depression? Take a look at these articles:
- A Woman’s Guide to Depression
- An Expert’s Alternatives to Treat Depression
- Boost Your Mood With Exercise
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