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How to get rid of depression?

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Last Updated: 11/10/2020 at 4:01pm
How to get rid of depression?
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I assist adults and couples in CA experiencing relationship challenges and interpersonal struggles including anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other life challenges.

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August 9th, 2015 7:50pm
Depression is something you can get rid of over time, and here's how: lot's of hard work! Depression is a journey in which you learn more about yourself. It shows how strong you are, because depression is a war that each individual fights to win. I've been depressed for a long time. It comes and goes, and every time I feel it coming back I know I need to be willing to ask for help if I can't handle it on my own. You can beat depression and don't forget when you feel down there is always someone who loves you, who wants you to feel better than 100%, who will not give up on you
January 6th, 2016 9:34pm
it's not always curable... sometimes people have bad bouts of it and don't go out for weeks/months... there are positive distraction techniques I always tell my members about a depression first aid kit that can ease depression when it hits you hard...
November 25th, 2014 3:27am
Clinical depression is not something you can get rid of. No need to fear! There are many ways to minimize it to the point of it not interfering with life.
July 26th, 2015 1:11pm
Yeah of course :) Depression is curable and is usually much easier than you think. A doctor may be able to provide medication to help you achieve this, or you can take a look at the depression support guides we have here to help you see different ways to potentially achieve this.
July 2nd, 2015 4:55am
yes, you can . First of all it depends upon how bad your condition is . If it is normal then you can get rid of it by trying a little harder . Avoid staying alone and do things that you love to do . Stay engaged in your hobbies or hang out with your friends. Another thing i heard is that eating bananas can help in a way .As bananas contain tryptophan, the same compound in turkey meat that promotes a calm, relaxed mood, bananas are also said to aid in relieving the symptoms of depression. Combined with the benefits of B vitamins, the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, the so-called "happy hormone," helps improve mood and overall feelings of well-being. "Keeping your B vitamin intake up could ward off depression as you age," explains Emily Main in a Rodale News article. "[W]hen you combine food sources of B vitamins with the added boost of supplements, the positive effects on depression are more pronounced." And if it is more serious you need to consult a therapist or psychiatrist . And remember one thing you're an important part of this world and you are amazing in your own way . Saty happy cause you deserve it.
November 25th, 2014 6:30am
Yes you can get rid of depression. You first need to understand what the trigger of the depression is and seek help by a professional if you cannot figure this out on your own.
June 20th, 2015 9:17am
Depression, like any other feeling, fades away. This takes time, but feelings do not last for ever. We need to express depression and be patient until it goes.
December 25th, 2014 5:59pm
You don't get rid of depression, you learn how to cope and reduce further depressive mode to a minimum level to depressive free :)
November 28th, 2014 11:09am
Depression feels like a very dark place in your life but you can beat it. Things do get better with time and you can as well. Surround yourself with loving people and other things that make you happy. The depression will fade. Believe in yourself.
December 14th, 2014 7:40pm
It is possible, depending what type of depression you have. Chronic depression will probably still around your whole like, but there are situationally-specific depressions or other depressive episodes that, after time has passed will fade. You can always learn to monitor and control your depression through, through therapy like CBT, DBT, and ACT which can help you learn how to challenge your thoughts and change your moods.
December 31st, 2014 1:12am
Not totally, I think that it will always be there in the back of your mind, no matter how small that thought it, it will always be there.
June 25th, 2015 1:56pm
In my opinion, yes. Where there is a will, there is a way. Many people who have suffered depression have been convinced that there is no end to it. The mind is a very powerful thing, and in order to change that, you've got to believe in your heart that it IS possible to overcome it. Think of those bad days or bad times as downfalls. They're normal. Everyone makes mistakes once in awhile. If you make a mistake, earn from it. You want to keep moving forward. You are the boss of you. Try to help yourself because no doubt others are available to help you, but nothing will progress if the effort from yourself isn't there. Only you can change the way you think, so think positively! Don't dwell on the past. It is tough, but definitely achievable and absolutely worth it :)
November 25th, 2014 5:59pm
Yes, it's not difficult and definitely not at all impossible. Pain, whatever be it- physical or mental has a lot to do with how we control our minds. Depression too, depends on how much we are willing to let go of our ddemented selves by controlling our thought procees as such. The other day, I read about this procedure called 'Repression' where we are asked to corner every thought linked with the reason of our depression and to keep it buried down until we have finally gathered courage to accept and fight truth. This I believe, will be of immense help to those who think they're not strong enough to fight depression. Above all, Prayers. Everything will be fine, in the end. its always been.
June 28th, 2015 3:10am
Keep in mind, depression is something that is triggered from an event in someone's past. It isn't like an infection, it's a part of your psyche. Getting "rid" of depression is hard, but you can most definitely tame your depression, so to speak. It's possible to make it so that your depression does not affect your life so harshly, but I don't believe you can completely wipe it from your mind. It will always be in your past, but it doesn't have to affect your every day activities. I hope that answers your question.
December 7th, 2014 5:22am
It is possible to recover with lots and lots of hard work. Just know it will not happen overnight. Best of luck! :)
December 15th, 2015 3:50am
One does not simply get rid of it. BUT! My mother has a beautiful system that works brilliantly for me! There are 3 things you can do when you have a problem: 1. Talk to someone. 2. Try to solve it. And 3. Distract yourself.
March 11th, 2015 7:15pm
Yes. Medications, therapists, self-work, friends. There are many things that can help you to get rid of depression and it's possible. A lot of people suffered, are suffering or will suffer from depression in their lives and most of them will laso get rid of it. It takes work and sometimes look like a dead-end, but it's possible.
April 15th, 2015 1:50am
Depression will always be somewhere in your life, whether it's far away or surrounding you. You have to accept that and learn how to move on so it won't be surrounding you all the time.
June 21st, 2015 8:15am
I went through depression. I understand it. I think one of the best quotes I've ever heard about depression said something along the lines of "depression is not just being overly sad when something goes wrong, it's being overly sad even when everything is going right." It is hard to get out of. It is a mindset that just seems to possess you with no ryhme or reason as to why it chose to attack you. But, honestly, I have found that the best way to get out of depression is socialization and outdoor activity. Being with other people can lift your spirits and the outdoors can help you clear your brain. If you enjoy working out, phsyical activity is also one of the best ways to beat depression. I hope that your depression comes to a close and you find a way to overcome it :)
August 3rd, 2015 4:11pm
I think depression is fickle. For some it can go away for days, weeks, months. Years. Sometimes forever. I think it depends on the person's mental state, and willingness to change. For some, it's easier than others. For many, depression is always on your shoulder, waiting to strike. It's a demon. But it's a defeatable demon. And you can push back. And though it might never go away, you can always fight back, and win.
August 9th, 2015 1:16am
Absolutely. Some people struggle with mental illness all their lives, but they still learn how to function and be happy much of the time. They still have fulfilling lives. For others, depression is just a stage of life that passes completely. Either way, cliche though it is, the pain will pass and you will get better.
August 9th, 2016 2:08am
depression is not something you can just get rid of, the battle against depression is a long and tiring one, but the day you find yourself laughing at the silliest thing and realizing you're happy again, in that moment all the fight will be worth it
June 12th, 2015 12:25pm
of course! depression is different for different people. going through depression i have come to realize that is all in your head. yes! thats it. its all in your head. things might be horribly wrong at times. relationships might not work, stress at work place. but we need to take a moment and think, what is this stress for? these relationships? its for your happiness right. if it doesn't make u happy then move on. its in your hands. choose what makes you happy and not sad. It isn't that difficult how it sounds. The key is to believe in yourself. If you fail to believe in yourself and be negative about you, people will do the same and they will love to put you down, trust me on that. At times we need to be selfish and do what we want, what makes us happy, take those decisions. Don't let others decide for your life. Don't let others describe you. Stand up for yourself. Love yourself. Just by making few changes in your thinking you can overcome depression.
July 31st, 2015 9:52pm
Depression is a mental disorder. Some people take pills while others try remedies like meditation and positive thinking. You can never really 100% get rid of depression but if you have Faith, Trust and (no not Pixie Dust) those around you who care for you, depression will seem like a bug you can squish rather than an entire army of bugs.
August 8th, 2015 6:30am
No. I think depression can be overcomed is some type of way but depression kind of sticks to you. It can be recurring if the person is in a deep situation again.
March 10th, 2016 11:30am
From my personal opinion: It is of utmost importance that you first accept depression. Accept it as being a part of yourself. Look at it from a positive point of view. Sometimes, looking at it as your 'enemy', hinders the process of coping. Just like you do with a friend: get to know it. For example: what triggers it? Understand its' nature. The mind and the body will both be at more peace after having accepted depression as being a part of them. I believe this is the greatest milestone one has to achieve. Coping methods will work much better, because you are not tackling something which you hate, but your tackling something that belongs to you. It will serve as a method of reinforcement and motivation.
November 25th, 2014 11:13pm
Yes, some people suffer with bouts of depression - are treated with medication or therapy, or a mixture of both and recover to thrive with the rest of their lives.
June 26th, 2015 8:39pm
Depression may always be a part of your life but it is manageable!! In my opinion it is always waiting for you even when you feel you have "gotten rid of it" But you can stay on top of it and lead a happy life :)
August 14th, 2015 3:50pm
Yes sure,I remembered about my old hobbie.Its chess,I played from morning till night and it took all my attention.Forgot about depression.
March 24th, 2016 4:07pm
Depression can be hard to understand, I think the first step of getting better or as you said 'Getting rid of' depression, is noticing the depression. The second step, I think would be to tell somebody, whether it be a friend or a school teacher, its always easier when you have a good support system behind you. The next step I feel would be to ask for a consultation with a doctor, and maybe talk to a counsellor. From there, it should go pretty uphill :]