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I've been depressed my entire life, what is it like to not be depressed?

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Last Updated: 04/23/2018 at 6:17pm
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June 20th, 2016 11:04pm
To laugh till your stomach hurts,to go for a walk on the beach and smile at the waves,sun on your face,to have your favorite food and enjoy it,to run ,go on long drives,to see world without judgement,to see the best in you and others.
June 27th, 2016 10:04pm
Maybe everyone has a degree of depression? Like every body has different degrees of happiness, sadness, anger and more..
December 23rd, 2017 2:25am
I am the same way. I think I may have been not depressed for a short period (a few months of my adult life) and then I got hurt and that was ruined, I've always been depressed as far as I can think as a child. It's been with me forever and I'm 48.
September 9th, 2015 2:27am
I've experienced problems sure as eating disorders,drug addiction, depression, self harm, Family problems, breakups, lost of child, abuse, LGBT+ , etc because I overcame them. When you are depressed you think that you may never get better. I can not get rid of my depression, it is generic for me, but I learned to control it. I feels great to get better. I feel ALIVE. Not everything was perfect, but I knew how to cope in a different way other that drugs or self harm. I feel so much better and my mind is opened to new possibilities when I am not depressed.
September 11th, 2015 1:50pm
I wish I could tell you. But I can't. I'm chronicly depressed and have been on medication over half of my life. Though, I can say this: while on pills, I don't feel as down as I do without them. I can do things like clean, go outside, talk to people, etc without feeling worthless or wondering why I should bother.
September 13th, 2015 9:30am
To feel free, you feel happy that you have over came the issue that was bringing you down and you are strong enough to move on, let go and be happy.
September 17th, 2015 8:58pm
Imagine an emotional wind-up doll about entirely wound down. Think of it like another wind up to the maximum.
September 20th, 2015 2:36pm
I've been depressed ever since middle school. I was badly bullied, which almost lead me to suicide. Now i have meds that i take to help me.
September 23rd, 2015 6:41pm
It's like steping out of a swimming pool after being in it too long,feeling the wind,cold upon your skin and the euphoria of having to breathe again after a long time.
September 25th, 2015 12:19am
Not being depresseed is quie wonderul! you feel like you're on top of the world! being able to do what you want and what you please
September 26th, 2015 10:26am
I have also suffered from depression, and still do from time to time. I think I would be a great idea to start meeting with a therapist. You deserve happiness
September 27th, 2015 3:09am
I really am not sure, I am in the same position but I do know it does get better even though it doesn't seem so right now.
October 5th, 2015 12:43am
i have no idea, i've been depressed for as long as i can remember but i want to feel that way and i'm sure you do to so let's fight for it!
October 22nd, 2015 2:53pm
Well, I feel happy and free when I'm not depressed. I think you might be able to overcome your depression and see for yourself, I hope! ;)
October 23rd, 2015 4:22am
I can see that you are depressed. I guess you should seek help from a professional counselor about what issue is bothering you. I am here to help so you can share with me your experiences
October 23rd, 2015 1:20pm
You feel as if a ray of sun is on you, always shining you and keeping you in the light and not in a bottomless pit of emptiness and darkness.
October 24th, 2015 12:52am
I think the key to knowing what it feels like to not be depressed is gathering the moments of joy rather it's laughing at something silly or holding onto the moments of happiness and either writing them down and actively recognizing that there are times you do feel happy...and holding onto those memories, it does feel good!
October 24th, 2015 12:55am
To not be depressed. When you come out of depression it's confusing at first. You don't really know what's happening. You have more motivation. You feel as though you could actually have a future. You feel like you are worth living, worth being a person, worth being here. It's crazy when you realize how dark depression really is. It feels like life is giving you a second chance after all that time trying to ruin you. That's what it's like to not be depressed.
October 25th, 2015 6:12am
You smile and laugh, enjoy and live by simply making an effort not to fall- keep yourself together because you feel so much happier that way. You just have to try hard and be yourself to get this beautiful feeling
October 25th, 2015 8:20am
I wish I could help you with this but I've been depressed since I was a small little lad so I wouldn't know.
October 28th, 2015 12:02pm
To my be depressed you will feel happier, as if you have less worries in the world. You can feel this way too! How about starting up a chat with me sometime soon?
October 29th, 2015 2:42am
To not to be depressed... is like taking your blindfold off... You see so much more beauty and how blind you have been all your life, and you learn how to appreciate the littlest of things,
October 29th, 2015 2:43am
Even with depression, anyone can experience the joys in life as someone who does not have depression. When you feel happy, you are feeling what it's like without depression at that exact moment in time. It's a wonderful feeling, treasure it.
October 29th, 2015 3:50pm
Trust me it's amazing when you consciously try to pull your self out of depression and not be depressed is such a relief. You'll actually enjoy once you start ignoring the things that depress you.
October 29th, 2015 10:28pm
Its hard for a lot of people to remember what its like to not feel depressed. For the most part its being happy and free especially from worry like.
October 30th, 2015 9:46pm
To not be depressed is to have hope and feel that even if circumstances are not the best that there is a silver lining to everything. Being able to find reasons to be grateful is also a way out of the depth of depression.
October 31st, 2015 1:21pm
How do you know that you've been depressed all your life? Perhaps you have had a hard life but there were nice moments too. Have you ever experienced joy? Have you ever laughed?
November 1st, 2015 10:35am
Even for people who became depressed later, it's hard to remember, but I would say it's just the general concept of enjoying stuff. People will still get sad/desperate/unmotivated/numb at times, but only in response to an event, not as a general state. And over all, they just enjoy stuff, they get high hopes. they don't dread waking up etc.
November 3rd, 2015 2:19am
Even though I have been diagnosed as depressed, my symptoms are very well managed by medications prescribed by my doctor. The feeling is like being freed from something inside yourself. For me the feelings of apathy and nonchalant behavior that made me so frustrated with myself have faded away. I can pride myself in my work, focus, have supportive relationships, and attain my goals with less resistance from the chemical imbalance in my brain. Not having depression does not mean you never feel sad. Things will still bother you, cause you pain, and make you worry. But you know that those feelings will not last forever.
November 5th, 2015 6:25am
Being depressed shadows your mind from seeing the possibilities in the world. Everything you see as a depressed person is darker and gloomier. If you are not depressed life will be a journey with endless possibilities. You will see the brighter side of things and move forward.