How can you beat depression without having friends and family to support you? Is it possible?

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UniversalMind
December 7th, 2015 1:53am
It's very possible. I've made it by looking for balance within, meeting my own needs and loving myself(my inner child) unconditionally
SparklingStarbuck
June 28th, 2016 1:52pm
Yes it is possible. The real truth of the world is that you are your best friend. Answer to all the questions is within. All happiness is within. All the creativity is within, All the power is within. All the abundance is within. What ever you want, it is within. So, in case you want to fight depression without friends and family, try going within yourself. This can be done using meditation. You can win this entire world using the power which is within you and the depression is not a big thing to win. BUT the only thing required is a positive attitude and strong self confidence on yourself. So stay happy, stay strong, stay motivated. If you can't, at least trying doing this. Initially you may even try to fool yourself. But the thing is believe in your self and start it TODAY. May the joy be with you :-) !!!
Squigz
June 23rd, 2015 2:28pm
Beating depression is tough, and often comes with a feeling of being alone and unwanted, or even of being a burned to anyone who might want to support you. In my experience, it's also something that you have to do constantly. Depression never seems to fully 'go away' forever, and sometimes it seems like it's just too much for you to face alone. I've personally battled depression alone, and I would say that I have beaten it a few times without turning to friends or family for support with it directly. Though I found that helping others through depression and just trying to make life the brightest and happiest place I could for everyone around me helped give me reason and purpose, and that gave me the strength to drag myself out of it. Not for myself, but for those around me.
LastHope1218
October 31st, 2016 7:02pm
It is possible. I have personally experienced this, as my family threatened to put me into a mental hospital. Because of this I had to hide my depression from them and my "friends" all turned on me. Trust me it was not easy to overcome that depression alone, but I did it. I found that playing a musical instrument helped me channel my emotions into something constructive. Also to go with that, I made a new best friend and started to confide in him. So yes based off my own life I can honestly say it is hard to beat it alone, but it can be done.
YourNewLife
March 19th, 2018 5:03pm
First thing to do is to recognize: 1. You have enough strength and desire to overcome these negative emotions by seeking help. 2. It seems like you have had a LOT on your plate. Sometime things happen to you that are out of your control and you mustn't let that lower your image of yourself. 3. YES you can. But often times it is difficult to develop the skills and tools to develop your emotional control! The good news is that you clearly already have the drive and desire to improve! My next step would be to read! Read, read, read. Take as much information as possible and never let anyone tell you that you can't do it (not even yourself!).
justkismet
March 25th, 2015 4:11pm
If you feel lonely, just know that we at 7 Cups are always here for you. And you can always seek help near you from a support group or a professional therapist. You are not alone. You can get through this.
glowingPeace32
June 6th, 2015 8:13am
You always have yourself to support. So hope for the best! It always gets better, there will always be something to live for.
fancifulApricot74
January 18th, 2016 5:15pm
Well from my personal experience I beat depression not by myself but with the help of my best friend, but remember it should be a trustworthy friend
tranquilLion61
April 25th, 2015 4:33pm
Broaden your horizon, don't just think about your problems think outside it. Don't think about a small room, think about a park then go there. Have fun.
gabriella21
November 3rd, 2015 1:24am
Is it possible to beat depression without the support of friends and family? I don't think it is possible to fight depression without family and friends, I think the support of family and friends can be vital as that person will have a greater chance recovering in a speeding manner knowing he/she has love one supporting them. note there are different form of depression like those normal down periods that everyone goes through once in a while, that can be brought on by a rainy day, broken heart, the flu or even for no particular reason. for this some people will listen to music or get themselves engaged in other exercise tat seems to help and within a few days these mood go away. But there is a clinical form of depression that require all the support you can get from both friends, family, physician and even a supporting group as 7cups listener. I personal can relate to this form of depression appetite being affected, sleep patterns, lack concentration, sadness, numb, empty feeling, anxiety, hopeless, self-worth, loss of self esteem etc. in summary it actually dominate my life and in order for me to surpass all this I normally seek all the support I can get from friends and family and other sources.
Anonymous
April 25th, 2016 5:50pm
Of course its possible! While family and friends may not support you, here on 7 cups we definitely will! Use this site to your advantage to talk to people who can help you work through it!
ladycat946
July 5th, 2016 9:33am
You can consult a doctor or a psychologist, They are professionals and they can sure help you with that disease :)
Wolverineclaw
December 28th, 2015 8:19am
It is quite difficult but not impossible... In fact, there is a huge bigger enemy of depression... Its called faith. I can ignore it but we have to reveal the truth.
Anonymous
July 17th, 2017 5:44pm
While having friends and family supporting you is very important for every endeavour in your life, it is very possible to overcome depression on your own. After all, you're truly the only person who can help yourself get back up on your feet. Therapy is always an important thing while dealing with depression or any other mental illness. Follow the doctor's instructions and advice. The feeling of loneliness may sometimes be overwhelming, but you have to push through for your own good. You have to keep trying and not give up on yourself, you need to be your own Hero.
Nithou
December 29th, 2015 1:39pm
It's always possible to beat depression, through physical activities, with the help of your physician and psychiatrist, or even by talking with strangers, we are truly never alone, there'll always be support if you look for it, just remember that you are not alone :)
Dextroze
November 23rd, 2015 7:16pm
Beating depression is possible by self mediation and increasing self-esteem with doing the things we love to do .with the people we love ..its possible if we understand our feelings ..then we can react on every negative toughtstto change them to positive
TaranWanderer
May 2nd, 2017 7:12pm
Although it's a lot nicer to have friends and family, it's 100% possible to beat depression on your own. It just takes time and a lot of effort, and it may not feel like it's getting better very quickly, but if you keep at it, you can get through it!
dancingMist97
October 25th, 2016 12:59pm
You can always receive support from a counselor who can guide you through this process. In order to beat depression you have to be able to change your perception. This can be done by the one and only YOU. You need to be able to think about the type of person you want to be and the person you are today and what necessary steps you need to take in order to get to that position or to even reach your goals.
Anonymous
November 7th, 2017 1:32am
Anything is possible if you believe enough
helpfulPurple95
July 27th, 2015 6:37pm
It is possible to beat depression without support from friends and family. There are other sources that one can seek support from, including a 7 Cups listener or a therapist.
HereToHelpYou742
August 16th, 2016 11:23pm
You can but it could be harder because friends and family are your main support system
PosiPotato
February 12th, 2018 8:42pm
Absolutely! You may find yourself a new network to rely on. It won't always be your closest friends/family. When I first began my journey, my counsellor was the biggest help!!