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Shouldn't I be able to get over depression on my own?

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Last Updated: 07/23/2018 at 6:51pm
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November 19th, 2015 1:44am
Sometimes, you can. But you should always go to someone for help. Have someone there that can guide you. Its tough to carry so much weight on your own shoulders. Having people there to support you and keep you up is essential.
November 19th, 2015 4:04pm
Yes, you have the ability to get over depression on your own, only if you fully understand what is troubling you.
November 20th, 2015 2:05am
It is a serious mental illness, so professional help may be needed. You can seek out a guidance counselor, therapist, psychiatrist etc
November 20th, 2015 7:02pm
No. Unless you're sure you can do it with time. I did it all on my own, and I almost wish I hadn't. Seek help, do it anonymously if it makes it easier for you, but don't do it on your own. Please talk with someone and let them know what you're feeling like, let them know and maybe they can help.
November 21st, 2015 10:27am
I go to my Safe Spot. Its a quiet & beautiful running water ! RELAX and think it out ! Take An hour if you can to think of the things making you sad or upset, Why they are bothering you so much?? Are They That Serious? How to better yourself and your situation!!!
November 21st, 2015 5:53pm
i would suggest otherwise...yes you might be able to control it..but the built in will more often than not catch you off-guard driving you further deep in the pit..realize it's not your fault..can a cancer patient be expected to cure himself..get help..depression is as legitimate an ailment as any..and sadly the one so left un-understood..
November 22nd, 2015 11:41am
Getting over depression is very difficult, especially alone. In most cases, you need some help from others to make it an easier process.
November 24th, 2015 10:57am
Depression is a major problem faced by youngsters these days, it can be due to one cause or a combination of causes. It has claimed many lives, as suicides. The major problem with depression is that people don't realize that its just a disease like a fever or a flu, and it can be treated medically. If you know you are suffering from depression the first thing you should do is talk about it to your parents or your loved ones. They are your well wishers. Next you should consult a psychologist immediately. The psychologist is a professional and is trained to treat people suffering with depression. Along with the medical advice, you can try to motivate yourself by doing things that you love, setting a short term targets and working hard to achieve them. Having a purpose in life gives you inspiration to go through the hardships. Depression is a serious problem and you should never take it lightly.
November 25th, 2015 4:50am
Some people can. That's why was created, but I'm sure they realized that talking to others worked better than talking to a computer.
November 26th, 2015 2:22pm
Everyone gets to the point where they need some help from someone else. That's not a weakness. Depression is such an all consuming illness that it might be difficult to deal with it on your own. Remember that it's okay to let someone in and let them take care of you for a while
November 26th, 2015 10:00pm
Although depression can show up with many similiar symptoms in different people, everyone is still very unique as to how they respond to methods of working with depression. I don't know if "getting over" is the best wording, as depression can be life-long and/or recurring for some people. I know that for myself, (dealing with depression for around 15 years) even when I find I am feeling low again, and even with all of the tools I have from years of support/therapy, I still find that I need help from others to work on the effects that depression has on me and my life. It is great if you can learn new skills to help out with depression on your own, and just for ongoing maintenance of your mental health. Even with doing things on your own, you might still find that you need outside help, and that is a good thing! Finding help in others places shows strength, so never feel that you have to go through depression alone.
November 27th, 2015 8:45am
Everything is possible, so of course yes you may be able to recover on your own, but a little push from someone else can do wonders :)
November 27th, 2015 7:12pm
It is a lot harder to do it yourself because talking to family or friends or a professional help a lot
November 28th, 2015 7:17pm
I did'nt. Don't worry - the reason is that you cannot be truly objective - you need someone's help for that.
November 29th, 2015 2:05am
Oh no, it is almost impossible. You yourself are dealing with the depression, it is very hard to recover without family and friends to help you
November 29th, 2015 4:25pm
For me, that was a tactic that I tried to use but I wasn't strong enough on my own. So I called on my friends and honestly it was the best decision I've ever made.
December 2nd, 2015 5:48am
i think you can but it would be very difficult and you would have to be very open minded and learn to be positive
December 2nd, 2015 10:54am
Yes! You can ! It's great that you wan to come over your depression. It means you already are thinking about coming out of it. Just stay positive and think it's only you that can change your life.
December 3rd, 2015 6:03am
No, not in most cases. Depression is a very serious diagnosis. It affect people in many different ways and it can make you lose your zest for life in general. Sometime medication and therapy is needed and other times having a really good support system and someone you really trust to talk to can help tremendously and get you out of your depression.
December 5th, 2015 5:16pm
I dont know if I have ever had got out of depression on my own like you can definitely try out new things out of your routine which will distract your mind but the new people around you if they are good they can just boost the healing. Its the new memories you create that replace the memories which depress you.
December 5th, 2015 8:19pm
No as you will go round and round in circles. You will keep thinking the same things which will make you become worse. Having family and friends to support you gives you hope and confidence for the future.
December 6th, 2015 4:37pm
Based on my experience, Everyone have their own episodes of depression. It depends on how one succumbs to it. The greater the fear the more that you should have other person to be with. Depression isn't something that you get over on your own. It's is cured by having people around you and supporting you on your battles :)
December 6th, 2015 7:16pm
Definitely not. Depression is illness and with illness we visit doctor (in this case, a therapist).
December 14th, 2015 4:37pm
no depression is somthing you need other people to get over because then you know those people care for you and thats all that matters after that
December 22nd, 2015 7:15pm
I used to always think that depression was like walking into a deep dark lake and never being able to get out. It can feel like drowning as another user has so accurately described. I have been there... watching everyone else happily rowing about on clear waters while you are wading through sludge, desperately trying to climb out of the shallows. What I have realised though is that your mind is the lake and your feelings are directly related to how clear or how polluted that lake is. Some of us have a clear blue pool that is healthy and fresh. When things are going well, you can float on the top and easily see the sunshine through the water. Some of us have had our water polluted... You can't see the challenges ahead and when they do appear, they are too big and too dark to overcome.... and they drag you down to deeper depths. This pollution can come from anywhere and it can take many, many different forms. Sometimes we pollute our own water and sometimes it just gets dumped on us. Overcoming depression is the clearing of your water... the cleansing of your lake. Some pollution is easy to get rid of, you can take the problem and simply throw it out yourself. But if you are in that deep dark lake and you feel those poisonous waters surrounding you... then sometimes the only way to be free is to ask someone else to help you out of the depths. I always imagine Frodo sinking in the river, his hand disappearing down below, before Samwise reaches down and pulls him up. No one will ever have a 100% pollution free lake and there will always be shadows waiting for you in the waters of your mind... but if you can get to the point where your mind is clear you will be able to overcome those everyday shadows by yourself. And sometimes... most of the time... We need a Samwise to help pull us up before we start breathing again, and start swimming in the clear blue waters of our mind.
December 28th, 2015 2:41am
Depression is a serious matter, and experts on it are certified medical specialists. It is not a bad thing to need and/or seek out help, as that is the quickest and most effective way to battle depression.
December 29th, 2015 4:13am
No. Depression is a very personal problem, but it's one that can't be faced alone. You need the love and support of others to help take you out of the dark places that seem all too comfortable to stay in. Even if it's just opening up to a family member or venting to a friend, it's important to let others in.
January 12th, 2016 5:30am
No. Depression happens from our automatic thoughts. Its like the world is always glass half empty. getting over that on your own is near impossible.
February 2nd, 2016 10:35am
No. Personally speaking, getting over depression on your own is not possible. you need support from friends or family or even a counselor. Talking things out, finding ways to be distracted and to be reminded of the better parts of life is very important. Having a support system to make you realize that whatever it is will get better and to guide you towards a goal which will get you out of a certain mind frame is essential.
April 4th, 2016 11:32pm
You can get over it alone, but it takes far more time than it would if you had someone there to help