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Is there a quick-fix for depression?

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Last Updated: 07/27/2020 at 8:40pm
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March 21st, 2016 6:09pm
If you're talking about depression as in "feeling sad," then the answer is sometimes! For a person that is feeling depressed, sometimes a little pick-me-up can help turn that frown upside down! However, if by "depression" you're referring to major depressive disorder, then the answer is no--there are no quick fixes for MDD. Clinical depression is an entirely different beast; just as a broken leg is different from the pain one feels after skinning their knee--apply a little Neosporin and a bandaid is fine for a scratch, but true professional attention is needed for a broken leg. So too of clinical depression; a little ice cream is unlikely to really perk up somebody that is suffering in that way.
July 11th, 2016 11:39pm
You can talk to your mom, dad, older sibling (if they want to talk to you; don’t force them!), an aunt, uncle, older cousin, great-aunt, great-uncle, grandma, great-grandmother, best friend, teacher, doctor, or therapist about your sadness. Is somebody else you love grieving? This spreads the feelings and emotions of being upset. Or are you being bullied or abused? (Report that to parents, teacher, 911 or therapist, doctor, or other grownups for help right away.) And the big question: Do you feel like hurting yourself or somebody else? Get 911 if you’re going to act on that immediately, please don’t. Confiding in family, grownups, and friends and all those people you love can help – especially if they’ve been through it before. Try listening to happy music, or music that reflects on your sad feelings. Meditating, yoga, and forming your own special silly song that brings yourself a few laughs or crestfallen chant that reflects on your feelings can help. Ever thought of writing down happy things, good memories, joyous plans, and achievements? Then writing down upsetting things, bad memories, expected disasters, and discouragements and failures. Put the happy list in the Cheerful Chest, a box with bright colors, along with other items that make you happy. Put the sad/angry list in the Crestfallen Cage, a box with dark gloomy colors (like black and gray). Count how many are in the Cheerful Chest and Crestfallen Cage. Compare them; see which one has more lists and objects inside.
August 15th, 2016 7:37am
Yes! In the short run I think doing catharsis in a positive way i.e. writing, reading, running is the best way to overcome/fight it. Sleep also does help. Or in the long run sharing your thoughts with anyone you're close to makes you feel lighter and less depressed.
October 11th, 2016 11:50am
There is no quick fix for depression but there certainly is way to help deal with depression and help to manage the symptoms
October 11th, 2016 1:39pm
There is no permanent "quick fix," but there are some things you can do to make yourself feel at least a little bit better right now. Go for a walk outside, watch your favorite movie or tv show, make a cup of tea, take a hot shower, play a game online. All of these things can help boost your mood, even though it can be hard to motivate yourself to do them when you're depressed.
December 19th, 2016 3:17pm
Depression isnt something that you can fix quickly. It takes time and a very strong spirit to learn to not to give in to dark impluses and the help of at least one person close to you and also professional help. Its something that is very hard to go through and that makes you a whole diferent person after you go through it.
January 3rd, 2017 2:43am
Any quick-fix is temporary. Depressed does not mean you are sad all the time, it's possible to be happy but still overall be depressed. Doing something you love or talking with someone can bring emotional relief but it may not permanently fix anything. Like most things, it needs time and there will be ups and downs. What is important is that you love yourself and take the time needed to get the help you need.
January 23rd, 2017 8:09pm
No, there isn't a quick-fix for depression. Depression is a long term condition and it requires some time to be overcome or cured that is, if it can be cured. However, there are steps we can take to immediately start making us feel a little better, for example, we can take baby steps towards what we like to do, go for a walk, talk to a trusted friend or someone here at 7cups.
May 15th, 2017 4:49pm
There is no quick fix for depression. It takes time for the mind and body to heal after such a heavy change. Lots of people deal with it differently so therefore times alter.
June 20th, 2017 5:56pm
There is not, and there will never be, depression on itself is the sum of just so many different factors and environments , it is strongly linked to so many other emotions and memories. Depression has a unique set of colors for every individual, so no, but I do not think of depression as a disease, but more of a state, a state we can all move on from if we are willing to fight for ourself, each persons path is different, but sometimes, just being willing to take that first step is the beginning of a new chapter.
August 28th, 2017 9:42am
Depression develops over a period of time. This means it will take some time to get out of it too as usually it has deep roots. The sooner you speak to someone, the sooner it'll get better. If you tie a knot, you can't untie it even quicker.
February 6th, 2018 7:35pm
Meditation, of course! Breathing exercises are very healthy for the body and are a cure-all for any sadness.
March 13th, 2018 7:57am
The only way to cure depression is to visit a clinical psychologist, get diagnosed and seek help even if it takes time
April 24th, 2018 3:30pm
There is no quick fix for clinically diagnosed depression. Depression isn't "fixable." It is maintainable, but it will never fully go away. Depression is a disease to be worked on day after day. All day, every day. There are days better than others, when you feel like you've finally gotten out of "that funk," but don't be surprised when it creeps back up on you. It's a constant effort that you cannot give up on.
February 11th, 2019 11:21pm
Depression is a state of mind that puts a grey cloud on everything. This grey cloud gets bigger and bigger. The more things happen, the more your grey cloud forms. The cloud contains negative thoughts, bad situations, many, many thoughts. Just as a rain cloud sends precipitation down to earth when the cloud gets heavy, your mind should do the same. No one in a happy state of mind keeps all of the emotions in this one spot for safe keeping. No. It is better to let this cloud rain down than to let it create a thunderstorm and then a hurricane that can tear you apart.... The best thing to do is to let you emotions be heard, by a friend, a family member, or a counselor, but never, ever let your cloud turn into a thunderstorm. Clear your mind and think about the issue. Address the issue and then blow it away like a wind from the east. Just know that everyone has a rainy day, but the question is are you prepared for it?
July 27th, 2020 8:40pm
There is no "quick fix" but there are so many quick exercises/actions that you can do in order to improve the way you're currently feeling. This depends on the person and what your style of relaxation is but you can: take ten deep breaths with your eyes closed, splurge on a self-care day at the spa (or bring spa products to your home!), comfort food, watching a funny TV show to get yourself laughing, take a shower and "start a fresh mentality," the list really does go on and on. If you want to go a different route, you can talk to a therapist either on this platform or in person, and if he/she sees fit, you may be prescribed antidepressants.