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What do you do to battle depression?

RinkuTheRuffian

Punished "Venom" Rinku
This is coming from someone who has random bad depression days all the time, I flip on a bad Linkin Park song and realize how dumb I look being sad, then I play something happy, nostalgic or relaxing and think about how my attitude must affect the people around me. Maybe I'll also have a cup of tea and a shower, but more times than not I suddenly feel a little better.
 

Elohiim_Koshiiri

Terradorable
how do I battle it?

Drugs

lots and lots of drugs

then I fix the cause of the depression and stop taking drugs
 

shapeless0ne

it's a moth! it a dragon! no, it's a avali boi!
step one: get out a pencil and some paper
step two: think about what's making me depressed
step three: draw my fursona wile incorporating whatever has me feeling down into the drawing, for example: my shark sitting at a table weeping with an paper with some writing on it next to him.
step four: after I'm finished look at the picture and see how sad my fursona looks, to make sure he looks as bad as I'm feeling. for example: I'll add some bags under the sharks 'who I previously mentioned' eyes and maybe some snot running down his snout.
step five: put the picture away, and repeat next time something happens.
 
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Somnium

The Sparklewolf
Banned
This. Totally.

Well, everything except the stop taking them part :V

Ricky, your fondness for drugs starts to worry me. I have this uneasy feeling you're gonna land in jail one day, if not for drugs, then for other crimes.
 

Ricky

Well-Known Member
Ricky, your fondness for drugs starts to worry me. I have this uneasy feeling you're gonna land in jail one day, if not for drugs, then for other crimes.

Much appreciated <3

I've already been in jail at least six or seven times for various bs reasons though.

There isn't a reason for me to do illegal stuff anymore, anyway.

There are plenty of novel unscheduled compounds that do the same thing :V
 

Zebradawg

New Member
Another technique I have heard of involves writing a letter to yourself. I've never tried it but I think it would work.
Pretend that you are writing a letter to your extremely sad friend, (but the letter is actually for you.)
Be sure to fill it with lots of encouragement and notions of your friends' worth and importance.
Then read the letter to yourself, pretending as if it were written to you from your closest friend.
It may be silly, but this actively interrupts the negative thinking cycle. You are training yourself to interrupt the depressing train of thought.
 

Somnium

The Sparklewolf
Banned
Much appreciated <3

I've already been in jail at least six or seven times for various bs reasons though.

There isn't a reason for me to do illegal stuff anymore, anyway.

There are plenty of novel unscheduled compounds that do the same thing :V

There are analog acts, buddy, plus these untested substances can be very harmful. I guess you're just a recidivist then v.v
 

Ricky

Well-Known Member
There are analog acts, buddy, plus these untested substances can be very harmful. I guess you're just a recidivist then v.v

I'm well aware of those laws, which don't cover everything. They only cover schedules I and II for example, so things like benzodiazepine analogues are not subject to it, along with anything that's a novel substance or at least different enough to not be considered an analogue. There is also a clause where it would need to be shown beyond a reasonable doubt they were intended for human consumption. Sometimes this is pretty obvious, but the onus is on the prosecution.

I've only gotten convicted for minor bs like drunk and disorderly.
 

Ahkrin Descol

RELIC Specialist
I tend to roll with the earlier discussed celebration of small victories in small doses (I end up feeling insignificant if I do it too often (Yay, got out of bed while many others do a, b and c...)).

In the long term I focus on what needs to be done by a certain time and prioritise tasks to meet their deadlines. This helps me figure out what time I can actually play with (hobbies, etc) and if I ever really need a kick up the arse I can just remind myself of the long term consequences of not getting shit done.
 

Fopfox

Member
I don't have clinical, if that's what you're referring to.

If not, I try to focus on something productive or even just try to clean the house. Getting something done at the end of the day helps a lot, moreso than indulging yourself in what you like. It helps you feel like you're doing alright and taking care of things.
 

Simo

Professional Watermelon Farmer
I try to break my usual routines, and do things like walk around neighborhoods in the city I don't often get to, observe the people, the buildings/architecture, window-shop, and meander about with no specific goal.
 

Elohiim_Koshiiri

Terradorable
I'm well aware of those laws, which don't cover everything. They only cover schedules I and II for example, so things like benzodiazepine analogues are not subject to it, along with anything that's a novel substance or at least different enough to not be considered an analogue. There is also a clause where it would need to be shown beyond a reasonable doubt they were intended for human consumption. Sometimes this is pretty obvious, but the onus is on the prosecution.

I've only gotten convicted for minor bs like drunk and disorderly.


Ahhhh so you basically do what I do and self medicate.

As a doctor once told me. Drug Abuse and Self medication are two different things. Self medicating is to treat various symptoms of diseases when you are unable to get to a professional. Drug abuse is where you take it for recreational purposes and not to treat symptoms.

I am getting help now that my situation has stabilized somewhat and I am in the care of people who know so much more than me, so I try to be a good patient. However, I would not be here today if not for taking the leap of researching and self medicating when I had no other option.
 
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Lasvicus

Guest
Your name...
Religious? >,>
Ahhhh so you basically do what I do and self medicate.

As a doctor once told me. Drug Abuse and Self medication are two different things. Self medicating is to treat various symptoms of diseases when you are unable to get to a professional. Drug abuse is where you take it for recreational purposes and not to treat symptoms.

I am getting help now that my situation has stabilized somewhat and I am in the care of people who know so much more than me, so I try to be a good patient. However, I would not be here today if not for taking the leap of researching and self medicating when I had no other option.
 

Ricky

Well-Known Member
Ahhhh so you basically do what I do and self medicate.

Eh, alcohol perhaps to reduce anxiety, but that was never a good idea in the first place. I ended up drinking way too much and would make me feel lousy the next day and screw up my workout routine. Working out is a positive channel and this messed that up too. To be honest, benzos and even GHB is less taxing on me and even though some people get addicted to those I don't really seem to, just get insomnia which isn't a big deal. I know what the underlying cause is for my abnormal excitability of neurons since it's just neurophysiology and mostly has to do with muscarinic ACh, which interestingly is the one system ubiquitously effected as such throughout cases of schizophrenia though I'm not schizophrenic. I get hyperhidrosis fairly easily and have obvious signs of high levels of catecholamine along with increased focus, attention, memory and learning, and all of this has one thing in common which is increased muscarinic acetylcholine activity in the basal ganglia. It's something I could mediate if I wanted to, for example getting the entire thing to shut up using the aforementioned chemicals, but I don't and often choose to do things that make it even worse.

That said, this has nothing to do with depression for which there are several theories. It isn't something I've read a ton about but here is a review of it if you are interested:

drive.google.com: Biopsychosocial model in Depression revisited.pdf
 
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Simo

Professional Watermelon Farmer
Sometimes, though, I wonder.

 

Scar_Travis

New Member
I have (thankfully) been able to beat it a couple years back after extreme depression along with suicide attempts and such. At first I had realized that I am who I am, that if I live for approval then I will NEVER get it and will die from their rejection. For the longest time I kept myself super busy with hobbies such as writing and exercising (burn of lifting weights replaced my whole desire to cut). And then finally, I saw that all the pain was me letting people or events take control of me, I hate the idea of being a slave to anything so therefore wouldn't allow that; so I learned (after I lost my friend to suicide) that every person is actually very important to the way of life of others, that people depend on our existence and that we actually have talents that we can use to help others, which became my reason to stay and improve myself so that I can help others not have to be alone as I was (I want to note that despite what we feel, drinking and drugs honestly don't do much. Aside from the physical damage, it just increased paranoia and even sometimes shoved my problems in my face along with create new issues, and in the end I wouldn't know what to do and would have forgotten how I spent the previous day)
 

DarkMeW

Active Member
I except it. My life is crap, I'm in poverty, I've always been alone, and nothing I have ever done had changed any of it. To be honest my life has always been horrible, and most likely it will continue to be so no matter what I try. So I except it. I have substantial reasons to always be depressed. It's a part of me, and always will be, just like my nearly limitless imagination, my drive to create, my love a nature, my horrible bad luck, my overwhelming tendencies to always do the right thing no matter how much it bites me in the ass, and my need to find love even though it will never be. All of it and much more is a part of me and somewhere under all the pain, ego, and the accumulation of this life is, myself. My true self, hidden watcher of my life and in there I find acceptance.
 

aefields

Member
Drugs. Prescription antidepressants. Three decades of chronic major depression give me some perspective. The causes of depression are multifarious, and so the remedies must be various. Antidepressants are still rather experimental: why do they work for some but not for others? Pretty much you just have to try one after another, and in combination to find the mix that will balance your brain chemistry.

Sometimes, I'm doing something I normally like, and it gives me no joy. That is a chemical deficiency in the brain. Being angry or sad about some situation is not a problem - it's life. At best, drugs can let me be happy even tho I know there are horrible things going on in the world. Really, why feel bad if you can't do more than is possible? But I don't normally feel that in my heart even tho I know it in my brain. Getting high on marijuana and alcohol usually gets me into a state where I can acknowledge that things in the world are bad and that I want to try to fix them and I can't... but I can be happy anyway.

So: prescription antidepressants to level out things, and occasional doses of self-medication with whatever works for you (and y

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Myself, more than once I have stepped back from suicide because I know how it would hurt people I love and who love me.

Scar_Travis: If they demand you be what you are not, then their approval has no value. I realized this in junior high. The type of person who will act like a chicken and peck down any fellow chicken who is different is... well... a birdbrain in the worst meaning of the term.

Sometimes I wondered if I wouldn't have been happier if I had ignored the stupidity, ignorance, and evil of most people. Probably so. But they need to be opposed. And I feel good when I do.

A good friend of mine hung himself - successfully after several tries. I envy him that he escaped this nasty world. Scary, but true. Other friends of mine don't understand how I could feel that way about him. I envy my dead friend.
 

Luku_Zuku

Still trying to draw, slowly
Generally, when I feel down (I know I'm not depressed because I've met clinically depressed people), I recluse myself. I hide in my room under about 4 blankets, drawing reading listening to music whatever. I don't eat or drink or anything. I stay in my room and do what I let myself do
 
For me, I busy myself. I've been rescued by a sweet woman, but she is poly, so nights I'm not with her , I get very depressed, so I busy myself with housework, Netflix, drawing, browsing FA , this forum, wow, and other computer games.
 

Jazz Panther

Swing the Mood!
I talk to my friends on Skype, and I listen to "Loverboy" and "Foreigner" songs on Youtube.
 
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