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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
December 25th, 2015 10:59pm
Exercise is a brilliant way to help deal with depressive moods. I combine two things I love, walking and being with my dog and I find that by focusing on what I love a state of depression is minimalised.
dreamFireworks27
December 26th, 2015 1:55am
There is no way to actually get rid of depression. Some people find talking to someone helps ease the depression, and others find medication works. Try to find what works best for you!
JoeMarlo
December 26th, 2015 8:45am
Depression is an odd subject, essentially it is alleviated and prevented with a number of approaches. Therapy the primary and in more serious cases medication (anti-depressants) as the name would suggest. Both work and a combination of the two are often the best mode of treatment, however if the depression is mild there is countless tricks on how to spice up life and get more enjoyment out of it and I'll also mention that a third of depression dissipates of its own accord.
Anonymous
December 26th, 2015 11:38am
Talk about it with everyone you know. Share what's on your mind, and never assume anything your mind tells you to!
Anonymous
December 27th, 2015 4:36am
Try and look at old pictures and try and remember happy times and things that you did. It helped me.
PlacidPineapple82
December 27th, 2015 11:23am
I wish there was one sure way to get ride of depression. Unfortunately there are different strokes for different folks. As well as varying degrees of depression severity. If you are feeling under the weather, a simple walk might cheer u up a bit. If you are suffering with severe crippling depression, one will have to try very different methods. Most depression should be treated by a professional. Whether that be a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist. No matter the severity of depression, it is better/safer/easier to have someone help u along rather than try to tackle it on your own.
AJane18
December 27th, 2015 12:30pm
I don't know much about getting rid of depression, but there are lots of things that can help you cope with it. Even basic things like eating regularly, staying hydrated, making sure you get enough sleep and talking to people about it. Going to therapy can also be very helpful.
JayIvory5711
December 27th, 2015 11:16pm
Some people can get rid of depression by therapy, but others need medication as there is a chemical imbalance in their brain.
Anonymous
December 29th, 2015 4:06am
Getting outside for a few minutes, or even just opening a window can help sometimes when I'm feeling stuck.
Aprildays2432
December 30th, 2015 12:32am
I'm not going to lie, depression is tough to beat. Everyone has their own treatment but many decide to go through therapy or take an antidepressant or even both
glowingdreamer
December 30th, 2015 4:13pm
By thinking positive! But that could be so challenging when you are down in the dumps. But if one think about how damaging depression is to his/her health. He/she will think twice about harming themselves. Often times if I am depressed I think about how time always move forward and I believe that things will change, And I find something to be positive about, Even if it's something really small. Hope this helps.
gentleDreamer72
December 31st, 2015 10:29am
The best way to heal from depression is through both therapy and medication. Therapy can help you learn coping skills to regulate your emotions. Medication can alter your brain chemistry so that it is more balanced.
heatherishere64
January 1st, 2016 3:05am
There is no specific way to "get rid" of depression, it doesn't just happen over night. You have to go and seek help, sometimes, but not all times, medication helps too, and do your own part to live a much better and happier life,
Anonymous
January 1st, 2016 6:35pm
think of positive outcomes in your life and when you have those thoughts of depression and defeat do positive things either with your family or friends.
Putere
January 1st, 2016 6:38pm
You may want to think about professional counselling to help you get over Depression, as well as some medications plus therapy are a great combination.
BatWings89
January 1st, 2016 7:26pm
There are as many ways as there are people, but most of them involve getting support, having people to talk and go to in the hard times and building resources during the better times. Think about what cheers you up, make a care package to take the edge off and maybe find a counsellor. Also it's always good to remind oneself of positive things,writing them down, record what you've achieved, even if it's just taking a shower and drinking enough water.
Anonymous
January 2nd, 2016 9:18pm
You should go see a counselor who will pick the best route for you, whether it be medication or just talking. They will help you rid of your depression though there are no promises that it will be completely gone.
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 2:08pm
Depression is something which is not easy to get rid of easily. But depression Shows how strong you are to fight in a war. I have been depressed for a long time, it just comes and goes, comes and goes, but if you want to beat the depression a little I want you to distract yourself from feeling this way and don't give a chance for the depression to come by surrounding yourself with people who make you feel appreciated and happy, people who understand you and can distract you from all the bad things which you feel
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 2:58pm
Sadly you cannot ever get fully rid of depression, however, you can change your outlook on life/items and it will help you feel better. For example instead of when something bad happens saying "why me" how about saying "try me"?
fernyy3
January 3rd, 2016 6:03pm
Talk to family, seek help or maybe keep a journal. Depression may take some time to go into remission. Be gentle with yourself. It is a progress. There are people around you who really care for you weather you believe it or not.
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 7:43pm
For me, this involved a lot of trial an error, years and years of trying one treatment after the next, not only medications. I finally found what seems like the right cocktail of meds and now I can see a glimmer of hope. That little push is what is required to get out of the stagnancy and get unstuck. Then it's a process of changing the circumstances to alleviate the situational aspect of the depression.
healingParadise90
January 3rd, 2016 7:55pm
How to battle depression, do things that you enjiy not that you force yourselve to do. Talk talk talk. Listen to music. Stop being self critical and acceot yourself for who you are and want to be. If you want what others have and are, you will lose yourselve
assistinganxiousemu
January 3rd, 2016 9:22pm
You cannot get rid of it. All you can do it cope with it and accept that you have it because it is part of your mind and who you are as a person.
Yourfairygodbro
January 3rd, 2016 9:48pm
You don't immediately get rid of it. You have to be better than all your insecurities, know your worth and add taxes to it. "I can handle this and slowly, I am."
Alexandra96x
January 3rd, 2016 11:27pm
I'm still figuring it out, it is a long, hard healing process. What can you do on your journey? Well, I think getting 'rid' of depression is a daily journey. If you can have depression-free day then guess what?! You got rid of depression, just for that day. And sure, it'll probably be back the next day but then you can work on it the next day. Working out things that make you worse, your 'triggers', that'll really aid helping to work out what to avoid on a daily basis, some cannot be avoided, maybe it's something that someone else does but, it means you have something to work through with that person. Eventually you may be able to build an 'immunity' per say to those things and you won't feel so bad on a daily basis. But, hey-keep in mind-there is no CURE for depress, mainly because everyone is unique as is there depression. You will be okay. You will get through this, I have every faith. Good luck!
shiningWinter67
January 6th, 2016 2:48am
Depression could always stay with you, but you can start with little steps like getting into things that you enjoy then move on too what caused your depression and open up perhaps?
hopefaithlovefrida
January 6th, 2016 5:31am
Don't overthink. Try to do things that don't let your mind get into deep thoughts that make you sad.
Lotus48
January 6th, 2016 7:38am
seek some help from family or a professional psychologist or therapist. Talk to a good friend, meditation, taking a vacation, workout, water therapy, etc.
Reid3020
January 6th, 2016 10:23pm
Getting rid of depression is difficult and I think it is something that will always be with you, but over time you will learn to deal with your problems to a point where it feels like depression has disappeared when in face you are just learning to live with it - whether it be with therapy or medication. Everyone is different though. Some people have bouts of depression for a short while and then it never comes back again - others are different.
simran14
January 6th, 2016 10:54pm
engage yourself in new things that u feel capture your attention.......dont worry believe in yourself all will be good