Coping with Depression When You Can’t Take Medication by Nicole Etolen | Jun 20, 2013 | Health & Beauty | 16 comments Pinterest Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Email Pinterest Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Email 16 Comments Christy Garrett on June 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm I think that pets are an awesome way to help cope with depression. After all, pets will show you what unconditional love is and they are always excited to see you. My children also brighten my day and give me something to live for. I too suffer from depression/anxiety for most of my adult life. I do take antidepressants but not sure how much they help. I also rely on my faith, husband, kids, and pets to keep me going. Reply Nicole Etolen on June 22, 2013 at 2:48 am I am so grateful that the unconditional love my pets give me! It really does make a huge difference when you’re dealing with depression. Reply CinnyBBS on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 am Pets are definitely great with that…whenever I feel down, I see them and I perk up right away! Reply Nicole Etolen on June 22, 2013 at 2:49 am I have really awesome pets with very unique personalities. They always manage to do something to make me laugh! Aren’t they great? Reply Amanda on June 21, 2013 at 2:42 am I am so sorry you have dealt with depression for so long. I didn’t ever deal with any until I started having miscarriages but it is so hard to deal with. I did take medication to help me through the rough patch after my third and then all was well again. These are all great things to keep in mind just for when you have the blues. All great advice and kuddos that you are continuing to handle it successfully! Reply Nicole Etolen on June 22, 2013 at 2:44 am I’m so sorry you had to deal with it after your miscarriages. I can’t even imagine that pain! I dealt with infertility for six years, and I would have gone off the deep end if I got pregnant only to lose the baby. Reply Emily on June 21, 2013 at 3:45 am I too, have struggled with depression since I was just a kid (diagnosed at 13 – though I think it started around age 10) and I’ve been on at least 10 different anti-depressants and none of them felt like they helped (though they didnt seem to hurt – either). I don’t have health insurance so I’m unable to be medicated. Things that have helped me are having a great boyfriend who I can talk to about ANYTHING, listening to music, painting, spending time with my nieces and nephews and sometimes just distracting myself with a movie, game, etc if I’m spending too much time thinking about something negative. Reply Nicole Etolen on June 22, 2013 at 2:46 am I was diagnosed around 13 too. They say that adolescent-onset depression is one of the toughest forms. Distractions definitely help! If I start to get too deep in the negative thoughts, I design my dream library in my head or something. Reply Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy on June 21, 2013 at 7:26 am Great post!! I struggle with depression every single day and I have to make myself get out of bed sometimes. Reply Nicole Etolen on June 22, 2013 at 2:46 am Thank you! I’m sorry you have to deal with it too. 🙁 Reply Kristyn on June 21, 2013 at 7:35 am this are all great tips and ways to help cope with depression. At one point I went through depression and it was hard but looking for the happiness in everyday moments helped a lot Reply Jennifer Van Huss on June 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm I have suffered through depression sice I was 13 as well. Luckily I am able to take anti depresssants but I agree the things you posted are perfect alternatives! Reply Amber Edwards on June 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm I’ve suffered from chronic depression for most of my life. IT is quite a struggle. Most places I turned immediately turned me to medication and just left it at that. They made me feel like that was the only option for treating depression. And that only made me feel worse! I’m so glad I have learned better since then and I can now be medication free! I really like the resources on Lifescript for helping me better understand depression Reply LisaLisa on June 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm Great post! So many people deal with depression daily and are not aware of other resources to assist them. Animals are a great part of that resource, they help in so many ways providing that love we need. I’m proud of you for sharing your life experience with us and very proud that you are so knowledgeable about depression. Lifescrpt is a great resource website ! Reply Marina on June 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm What great points. I’d also add prayer and time reading the Bible has helped me when I’ve been low. Reply Marie on June 29, 2015 at 10:12 am Great post, and definitely some stuff I’ll try to keep in mind. I’d probably add that friends, not all friends, but a precious few, can really help you when you need to talk to someone who isn’t feeling all the same emotions you are. They’re a good way to ground yourself when you can’t tell your own emotions from the depression. I have two friends, one I met on the Internet in fact, who know almost everything there is to know about my depression, and when I start to feel worse than usual or even if I just want to talk, I can count on at least one of them to be available. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.