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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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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
August 12th, 2015 3:02am
I think in most cases depression can't really be gotten rid of completely. However, I do think that over time one can develop a strategy for coping with depression which makes it more bearable and less consuming over time
Anonymous
August 12th, 2015 5:26am
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you. To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.
Anonymous
August 12th, 2015 11:23am
Some people can easily get rid of depression, some have to learn to live with it. Sometimes medications and therapy can help an individual to over come their depression which may take weeks, months, and sometimes years. Those who have learned to live with their depression had found a way to cope with their everyday lives.
Pureun
August 12th, 2015 11:36pm
Although it's very difficult to overcome depression and could take years, I do believe that it is still possible to get rid of depression with knowledge about depression, yourself and with the support from the community (friends, professionals).
openedmind81
August 13th, 2015 12:58am
You can work on triggers and coping mechanisms that would help you manage the depressive feelings, emotions and state of mind.
magicalEndfoftherainbow28
August 13th, 2015 3:04pm
Of course! Depression is a part of us as sensitive human beings, but it is something you get over! Some things you may carry with you forever, but not in a bad way. Depression teaches you a lot about yourself and about how you react to certain situations, and what things you need to inprove about yourself!
ArtisticChris
August 13th, 2015 3:29pm
Yes you can. With the help of therapy and medication, plus resources and videos that can pick you up again if you don't feel well, you can get rid of depression. It takes its time and many fights need to be fought until that. But it's possible.
kittykat
August 13th, 2015 5:58pm
Some people recover from depression while others struggle with it for their entire lives. Even if you have chronic depression, though, it's not a hopeless cause! Antidepressants can help with the chemical imbalance in the brain which causes depression. Therapy and support groups can help with finding coping mechanisms, and exercise and sunshine can get endorphins running which help to lift some of the fog that comes with it.
Anonymous
August 14th, 2015 11:01am
Yes, although it may take a long time you'll surely get out of depression if you are ready to take necessary actions.
coolvibes
August 15th, 2015 2:05am
depression is a condition that can be managed but sometimes does go away. Many people have a very productive and full life while managing their depression, so depression doesn't have to determine your quality of life its just an illness like any other that requires tending too.
CrystalFriend
August 15th, 2015 4:50pm
I don't think you can ever rid yourself of it. I think it is going to be something that is part of who you are. Something you can learn to manage. Some things can trigger it, and you can have rough times. I think overall if you take the steps to manage it, and practice self care, you can learn to live with it. You will learn your triggers. It's about self acceptance. Understanding this is part of who you are and you will have good days and bad days. It is difficult, but I believe it is possible. Everyone deals in their own way. What works for me, may not work for you. The trick is to find what works for you.
Larzy
August 16th, 2015 4:08am
It can be treated, yes. I've found that during my depression I don't want to be happy anymore but apparently it's just my mental illness speaking.
Jenniferroseh98
August 16th, 2015 1:43pm
Yes!! In time though. It all depends on you. If there are issues causing you depression maybe you can solve them. If there a triggers maybe you can find out what they are. Never give up fighting!
Alice2907
August 16th, 2015 9:16pm
Yes you can get rid of depression. I spent almost a year of my life struggling to get through each day and then I decided I had had enough so I thought about the things in my life that made me feel depressed and I slowly began to change each one and feel more positive towards the world around me. I still have bad days but most days are good
Anonymous
August 18th, 2015 11:17am
Yes, you can! Most kinds of depression are treatable and psychology has come a long way throughout the last years. It may take a lot of time and probably you have to look through a few professionals until you find the one you can work with best. It certainly isn't just a question of having a more positive view on life or something like that. You need professional help, but if you get that, there is a possibility, that you'll get rid of depression for good.
Helpingpeople444
September 1st, 2015 12:34pm
Getting rid of depression isn't something easy. It is hard and takes time. But the first step is to really focus on yourself and to never give up! Because you may go through times that you feel like giving up but you cant and cannot forget that it'll be okay! Stay strong xx
StayStrong152
September 8th, 2015 7:47pm
Depression is not something that can just go away, however it can be treated and manageable through therapy and medicines and other things
PhoenixB
November 10th, 2015 6:20pm
You can grow out of depression- yes. It takes holding on and having faith though, and I know that's hard in the moment. In the moment, medication and other solutions alike can help.
HawaiianAir
November 11th, 2015 2:07am
So many people ask, "How to get rid of depression?" This is a totally normal question to ask when you're feeling down and bummed out. The best way to get rid of depression is to talk to therapist about it. You can start here by chatting with someone on 7 Cups directly, or join our depression chat room.
comiingofage
November 15th, 2015 1:40pm
Depending on who you are or how bad your situation is how long it takes to get rid of depression can vary. Overall depression is very hard to get rid of because it sticks with you for a long time. What I would suggest is try finding thinga that make you happy. Depression isn't something you snap out of right away, it takes time. Recovery takes time and it's a long journey but maybe there are certain things that can help make that process less difficult. If you haven't already try talking to someone about it. A counselor, therapist, anyone you trust, etc. Get out and enjoy the world. Even on days where you don't feel motivated to do anything just try something small. After you try the little things you can move onto doing bigger things. Having a healthy lifestyle also helps too. Things like eating well, doing some type of exercise(s) can help lighten the mood of things and make you feel better inside and out. Find hobbies. Go for walks, write something, read, create some type of art. Doing things you love will help as well. Doing all of these things won't cure you within 3 days of trying but if you keep doing them you will notice changes in yourself and feel better. Again, recovery takes time but you can do it.
Anonymous
November 16th, 2015 5:13am
There isn't really a way to "get rid" of depression. Its a chemical imbalance in the brain, to put it simply. But with the right medication, sometime you can begin to be different. I quit caring about what people thought and focused on who I was and wanted to be. Its helped quite a bit. If you feel like you're getting better, then you most likely are.
goldenheart88
November 16th, 2015 6:46am
maybe seeing a doc will help or some happy music or a relaxing shower there r many things u can do to change the mood but some need medication
Anonymous
December 11th, 2015 1:13pm
to get over depression you need to be strong and not afraid, it will be hard, but it is possible, lots of people take anti depressants to help which you could try. Focus on what makes you happy
blissfulEars51
December 12th, 2015 1:17am
you can't get rid of depression, but you can learn how to live with it. Depression is like always walking around in sleppers. It's basically not being able to leave your confort zone. My opinion is always trying to see the bright side, sleep well, and exercising. this will help you not overthink things, and feel good about your body. finally, when everything else fails, chocolate is alwyas a temporary answer :)
yoitsspencer
December 12th, 2015 1:23am
To get rid of depression it's best to be reated by a professional, but venting is highly beneficial.
ChlobiWanKenobi
December 12th, 2015 3:07am
Depression is not something that simply goes away overnight. Depression is an illness and needs to be treated over time. For some people, depression never fully goes away. Talk to your doctor if you think you may have depression and they will tell you about treatments.
Anonymous
December 12th, 2015 3:59am
I don't know if you really can get rid of depression. But I know that you can at least control it. To do this you really do need to get help, because if you don't get professional help than it isn't going to go away. Some will recommend medication whilst others recommend some sort of therapy. It depends on you, how severe your depression is and is based on what will work best for you.
peacefulReeds21
December 12th, 2015 4:22am
Think about the cause of depression and then count and think about the blessings you have got. There will be no depression.
Anonymous
December 12th, 2015 10:04am
doing the things which we have interests on.keeping ourselves busywith the other things we like to do.
Quietspace
December 12th, 2015 1:57pm
Find a good therapist who you can relate to and who can help identify the root cause of your depression. That's a good starting point.