Depression and Weight Issues - How do you deal with depression?




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llove
01-03-2014, 10:17 AM
Depression hurts.

Sometimes it even ruins all the motivation in me and makes me feel like there's no hope.

But I've found ways to cope with it. I like to watch movies, especially comedies. It helps to distract myself. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

How do you deal with depression?


EasySpirit
01-03-2014, 11:07 AM
Exercise! Walk, swim, whatever you can. It seems to physically and mentally help more than anything else.

SallyLa
01-03-2014, 12:24 PM
I write, draw or go spend time with family. Mostly my best tool has been my medication...


emilym
01-03-2014, 02:02 PM
Run and run and run and run. And eat healthily, too - nourish yourself. Get plenty of sleep, and plenty of fresh air and sunshine. A healthy, active lifestyle works wonders.

But, when I first started this journey, I couldn't have done it without medication. Sometimes, depression is so severe that you really *can't* find the motivation to get up off the couch and start working out. So, sometimes, I think medication is necessary. I know that I couldn't have started working out if I hadn't been to a psychiatrist and been medicated. Medication reduced my psychological dependence on food, and it made me feel energetic enough to start working out. So, I'd say that if someone is so depressed that they can't even start a workout program, then they probably need to seek professional treatment.

BettyBooty
01-13-2014, 02:13 PM
I also feel best when I run/get exercise. I start getting increaasingly irritable and moody if I skip more than 2 days.

EagleRiverDee
01-13-2014, 02:27 PM
Exercise has been my best help. Particularly hiking. I don't suffer from depression, per se, but from SAD in the winter. It helps a lot in winter if, on my lunch hour, I get outside during the daylight. And I try to get out in daylight on the weekends also- I snowmobile and hike on the weekends.

For supplements I take a multi, 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day (per my doctor's instruction and we monitor my D levels with routine blood tests), fish oil (proven to help with depression). I also take Ashwaganda, an adaptogen. My DH takes all that plus SAM-e because he has true depression and the SAM-e is a natural anti-depressant that works very quickly.

imabehot
01-13-2014, 04:18 PM
I find sensible eating and walking plus my antidepressants helps a lot. It's a combo of them all that works for me. I'm bipolar by the way.

amerrylife
01-13-2014, 05:56 PM
Like others said, exercise helps a lot. Endorphins are awesome. Eating well also helps - the better I eat the better I feel. I find generally trying to stay healthy helps improve my symptoms but they are generally mild to moderate anyway.

Other things I like to try doing - laughing (comedy movie or stand up), calling a friend or my mom, self care things like painting my nails.

seagirl
01-13-2014, 06:01 PM
I had a lot of band-aid approaches - exercise, yoga, writing, etc. but nothing really changed until I started Wellbutrin a few months ago. It turns out it was a medical problem requiring pharmaceutical intervention, which I thankfully realized before it became terminal.

Now if I'm feeling low energy I make sure I'm not on the computer too much, and get myself out into the sunlight and spend time with friends.

ohiofreespirit
01-14-2014, 09:20 PM
Writing is a great way to get out your feelings. Get some fresh air, don't stay couped up in the house. Even just a 15 minute walk can help. Talk to friends and family.

Small things can make a big difference.

Chardonnay
01-15-2014, 01:29 AM
Exercise, yoga, vitamins and passionflower (for anxiety) every day without fail, seem to be the only things that keep my depression at bay. I was on meds for 7 years, but I found those were bandaids. If I miss a day though, it creeps back quickly.

Delececake
01-15-2014, 01:31 AM
Imabehot- I am bipolar too. When I am ok I like to walk as the fresh air does help clear the mind. I also read encouraging material. I try to be around the most positive people possible. But when I am down, I can be really down and not want to get out of bed. Like my bed is my safety net. I seek refuge under my blanket, then manage to get up to nurse cup after cup of coffee which is not healthy. So with medications I try to stay stable but it does not always work. I hope that with renewed hope that this time I will manage to get onto a diet (new way of life) and lose this weight so I can feel freer in my body and more in control instead of letting food rule me.

arzu1991
01-16-2014, 12:10 PM
Medication helped me because I was suicidal. Reading and writing for me definitely helps. I know exercising and eating healthy will definitely improve my mood, so I am trying that to see if I will feel any better.

LilDazed
01-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Doing something that makes me feel productive helps (such as writing/voice acting/anything creative, really). Exercise helps sometimes.

For when I'm super down in the dumps, I'll just lay down and have a good cry. Letting it all out is pretty rejuvenating.

CharityMarie
01-20-2014, 04:57 PM
I'll be honest. Sometimes I make the extra effort to see friends, go outside, exercise and sometimes it really does improve my mood and I can snap out of it. But then sometimes doing those things just feels like going through the motions and I can't snap myself out. Then I just have a big old cry and try not be be too destructive to myself until it wears off. It's a constant struggle, you just have to be a fighter =)

NoFreels
01-21-2014, 11:21 PM
I like to keep active as much as possible. I have two babies under age 2, so it's hard to go out and just explore. But I try to do what I can. I also try to understand WHY I feel depressed sometimes. I know I have a genetic factor that I can't help, but I also feel I have lost purpose since being a SAHM. I am considering going back to school to further my degree so I can feel like I have a goal, outside of trying to lose weight. One huge motivator for me is my children. Honestly, I don't want them to remember me as a mom who is always "down" or negative. So I am trying hard to change that about myself for their sake. I also exercise as much as I can and I go out of my way to hang out with people. It always makes me feel better.

NoFreels
01-21-2014, 11:23 PM
I totally agree with what you said.

I'll be honest. Sometimes I make the extra effort to see friends, go outside, exercise and sometimes it really does improve my mood and I can snap out of it. But then sometimes doing those things just feels like going through the motions and I can't snap myself out. Then I just have a big old cry and try not be be too destructive to myself until it wears off. It's a constant struggle, you just have to be a fighter =)

VermontMom
01-24-2014, 09:46 AM
I stay on my Wellbutrin, I try to make myself work out everyday, even if its a dinky 8 minutes, I try very hard to not let myself dwell on negative, I try to think positive, I try to remind myself that I do love life when it is spring/summer/fall. I have to force myself out of bed sometimes, and try to recover most of a lost day. I wish I did have a trained professional to talk to. I come HERE for support.