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Does depression get easier to deal with in time?

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Last Updated: 02/24/2020 at 9:49pm
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May 24th, 2015 6:05pm
Yes, at least for me, I've had it for 3 years and the more I fall into depression, the less time it lasts. You'll know how to deal with it faster and much better. I hope I answered your question! :)
March 8th, 2016 5:25am
I think it depends on the person and how severe their depression is. If you're working to rid the depression, it can go away but it can also stay. In time you will probably get more used to it, and maybe know ways you can help yourself through it.
September 28th, 2015 7:20pm
Yes it does. That's because you learn more about yourself and about your depression and you learn more how to control it.
December 22nd, 2015 11:34am
I think it depends. For many people it get's better with time and for some people it gets worse or stays the same. Everyone is different and you should never be ashamed to seek help from doctor's or somebody who have gone through it, if you need it.
March 2nd, 2015 6:02pm
They say time heal wounds, physical wounds heal easily while mental takes more time usually. You see time sure heals wound but it doesn't guarantee that there will be no scars left. You have to improve yourself and work hard to get out of the deep depression so it cannot leave a scar on you. And then one day in life you will thinking back and laughing, seeing how you were performing in past.
September 8th, 2015 12:33am
Yes. It does, indeed. You become more aware and tolerant of it over time, and for most people, it goes away completely, eventually.
April 12th, 2016 6:42am
Way easier. Its something Mental, you can't feed it or it will get stronger. Or if you ignore it, it weakens. You got this!:)
November 13th, 2018 7:16pm
Depression definitely gets easier. When you are in the darkest weeks/months/years of your depression it is so incredibly hard to believe, but as someone who got through those days I can assure you that you will find coping mechanisms and ways to accept your depression and get through it. Look at it like your wading up a river. Its difficult and tiring. Some days, the currents are so tough or you are so tired you get pushed back. You might even find your self falling right back to the beginning. The top of the river looks so far away but eventually you will get so sick of being stuck in the currents you will force your way to the top. People will show you how to create rafts and build bridges and yeah, you'll be tired and hurt, with cuts and bruises, but they heal with time and eventually you will look back down the river and realise how strong you were to get to the top.
April 4th, 2015 7:01am
It depends on the type of depression you are suffering from. If its severe, you may need proffesional help in dealing with it. Others may fade away with time. However, it depends on how the person approaches the situation.
April 4th, 2015 12:05pm
Often times depression does get easier with time, but like anything else it is a learning process. It takes time to learn to manage your symptoms and recognize your triggers, and learn to respond to them appropriately and in a healthy way. One of the best ways to learn these skills is with coaching, counselling, (like here on 7 Cups!) or therapy. Medication can help with symptoms too, and should be monitored by a doctor or psychiatrist. Over time the overall feelings of depression can change; they may go into remission and you may never feel depressed again. Every person is unique and each case is unique. Do not hesitate to talk to someone.
April 5th, 2015 5:58pm
Depression is difficult to begin with, mostly because everyone has their own way of coping. It helps to have a supportive group of people or someone you really trust...and in some cases some individuals may need medication--but that is something to discuss with a medical professional. Though, overall, a combination of medication and counseling has been showing to be more effective for someone dealing with depressing by helping them cope in healthy manners.
April 10th, 2015 4:25am
In my experience, yes it does. What has helped me is learning CBT methods and mindfulness/meditation techniques, thanks to my clinical psychologist. I think of them as my "toolkit" - I have learned to choose the right tool from it whenever I need to.
April 30th, 2015 11:16am
No, You need an expert solution to your depression because the more it takes being depressed, the more its deeper.
May 1st, 2015 6:49am
I think so.. as you reach out for help and learn more and more, you learn more coping skills.. it seems like things I learn as one part of a skills set is repeated in the next type of therapy and so on, so there's a lot of reinforcement of what works as time goes on and you gradually learn other ways to see things.. In my case this is facilitated by medication and therapy on a regular basis.. but all of it ties together to make a firmer foundation and a better life
May 6th, 2015 3:20am
It totally depends on you, how you view the world and what you believe. There are people who stick to their depression like glue, and wont give it up for anything. They are in love with their depression if they know it or not. If you want to recover you need to believe you will recover.
September 30th, 2015 1:42pm
Depends. For some people it get's better and for others it gets worse or stays the say. Everyone is different and you should never be ashamed to seek help if you need it.
November 10th, 2015 8:28am
Depression can get easier to handle with the correct help as apposed to time. From personal experience I have found that time only made it worst as it drew me further and further away from people and from those that could help. But when I finally decided to get help I finally started to really get better and be able to get back to who I was before.
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November 17th, 2015 4:01am
No - depression only gets easier with management. If you don't change anything, if you don't try to help yourself or manage it then it will only get worse. You need to fight every day for peace, and if you don't search for recovery, you will never improve.
November 24th, 2015 5:34am
Yes and no. There will be days that won't be your best and there will be days you can't stop smiling. It comes and goes. Personally, for me, each time it came back - it was harder to deal with each time. But it's different for everyone. Maybe we'll eventually learn to cope or break out.
November 30th, 2015 3:39pm
Depression comes in many ways, It will get easier to deal with with time, but you can also open up to feel much better.
May 31st, 2016 3:19pm
It can do, if you work on yourself for yourself. You have to decide that you want and deserve recovery, and I can tell you now, you do. You have to believe that you deserve to get better. You learn to love yourself and begin to identify early warning signs of when things are going to go downhill so that you can take steps against it. To be totally honest, I don't think it actually gets easier. I think you just get better at handling it all. So one day your depression won't necessarily be easier to deal with, but you will have become stronger and know yourself better, therefore it will seem like it.
October 3rd, 2016 2:38pm
Depression isn't a thing that lasts forever, unless you let it take control. Positive thoughts are what will break down your depression. So of course it gets easier, but only if you don't let it win
October 11th, 2016 1:43pm
sadly, for most, no. depression is basically prolonged sadness, but heavier. for some, it is a constant presence that hinders their life, but sometimes they are able to push it away. for others, it comes in unpredictable bursts, which devastate them. so yeah, it really depends on the person.
March 6th, 2017 2:52pm
A little. You know what helps you, what makes you more comfortable, what gets you out of bed. It becomes easier to deal with because you have the coping mechanisms that are tried and (mostly) true.
March 27th, 2017 3:24pm
Depression is a very difficult thing to live with, it is something that a lot of people don't understand. Once you get through the rough time, it will be easier to deal with, but there might be times when it comes back.
February 24th, 2020 9:49pm
Depression does get easier with time. sometimes you can get tunnel vision really easily and it may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It's really difficult but it takes a bit of perseverance. Depression is a phase. Slowly slowly if you change something day by day for example before you going to bed trying to think of at least one thing that your thankful for or made you happy in that day then you begin to realise how much your missing out on by being sad. Remember every minute wasted being sad is a minute of happiness that you can never get back. Remember to have good company. from experience ive realised that if you have bad company that dont keep you on your feet then your only going to keep falling. you need friends that keep you going and are able to make you smile. you need reassurance from them and thats when you begin to accept your depression as a way of life. and everything will slowly fall into place. Never keep things in. Write them down, talk to someone. keeping it all in will feel like a bubble but then all of it will come down and pop and you won't be able to deal with it anymore and that makes your mental health worse. look after yourself and give time to yourself to heal.