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When does depression go away?

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Last Updated: 05/11/2021 at 2:04pm
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April 5th, 2015 3:47pm
Many people mistakenly view depression as a moral failing, Nevertheless, depression is a serious clinical disorder characterized by a complex integration of biological and environmental vulnerabilities, life events and patterns of thinking and behaving that lead to the clinical presentation, The cause can vary for each person. But whatever the contributing causes for your depression, all practitioners agree that depression requires treatment. I should just toughen up and take it. It’s important to realize that “depression isn't a natural consequence of living life; it’s an aberration that doesn't have to be tolerated, I’ll snap out of it.” Letting depression go untreated in hopes that it’ll go away can actually exacerbate the episode, make it last longer and increase the risk for suicide. I’ll be like this forever. The biggest misconception patients have is that their depressed feelings, fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate and loss of interest will last forever; that there is no relief in sight.
April 29th, 2015 12:18pm
Only YOU can decide when depression goes away for YOU. Once you are able to reflect upon yourself and see just exactly what it was that has made you feel so depressed, and once you have managed to formulate a step-by-step procedure to tackle each and every problem, then can you proceed on a much easier path to shaking off something that an amazing person such as yourself should never have to feel! How long you stay depressed for is completely up to you. It can last an hour, a day, a month or a year, in fact there is no given timeframe as we all handle our OWN emotions in our OWN way. The sooner you come to terms with what it is that bothered you and work through each thing and reflect upon it (either with a friend or alone) the sooner you can return to your amazing self. Depression is an evil emotion, so bring out that inner happiness inside of you, believe in yourself as others do and you can fight it off, today!
November 2nd, 2015 5:37pm
Depression, I believe, is all in the mind. You just have to choose to be happy, and you can only be truly happy when you set yourself free of all the worries by acknowledging that you have no control of things. And that's a good thing because having so much to control is just...a very exhausting responsibility, you know? I don't think depression goes away all by itself. It's you who has to push it away.
August 11th, 2015 7:08pm
This is hard to put into words, so I'll just say what happened to me. I had horrible depression throughout high school, and my first round of College. I associated myself with this "disease," thinking I'd forever be depressed. Then I started working full time, and things just kind of fell into place. For me. I still struggled mentally, but I buried myself in work, and just stopped my bad habits. I call it the mental slap in the face, or the lightbulb. It just goes off, and you go for it. Your mind and heart have to be ready for it. I think that it doesn't matter what medications you might be on. At the end of the day, the "sickness" goes away when your mind is ready. You suddenly become actively interested in bettering yourself, turning things around, or working towards a goal. Now that's not to say that you will never get depressed again, because it creeps up on you. However, when your mind is in this new place, coping becomes a bit more doable, and you can identify those triggers, and identify those feelings, what you're like when you start to emotionally spiral, etc. That's how it happened for me, but everyone's case is different. Work caused my mental slap in the face, for another person, it might be something else.
May 20th, 2015 4:38pm
Sometimes depression can leave you feeling down. Even if you are getting some help for it, it can still make you feel down. So when does depression go away? Whenever you make it. Talking to people here at 7 cups of tea can really make a difference. If you need advice, there are your friends who will help you!
March 1st, 2015 5:03pm
As much as I would love to say that depression is a phase that will be over soon, it isn't the case. Depression is variant, but often is a long process. Finding some help, someone to talk to, going to the doctor about your depression are the best things that you can do right now, to get the support you need. Another good idea is to read more about depression using the self-help guides available on this website.
March 3rd, 2015 12:58am
Depression never goes away completely, you just learn how to cope with it in a way that works for you. Because depression is different for everybody only you can find a way to cope.
January 5th, 2016 10:22pm
Some people worry that depression will never go away, or that it's a fixed thing that you always have to deal with. As I've seen, when you become passionate about something or find something to love, it seems to fade.
July 12th, 2016 11:03am
Depression is really weird in that sense. It never truly goes away, even if nothing's wrong and even with medicine it's always there creeping. But there are ways to make it manageable.
April 4th, 2015 6:09pm
It does not go away. But from personal experience, I can say it does get better. Surround yourself with positive people and find outlets for your feelings.
May 7th, 2015 6:06pm
From personal experience, depression goes away when you decide to accept what is happening in life. It goes away when you find the ability to laugh at your self. Depression goes away when you being to look at the beauty in the world. Surrounding yourself with positive people is key.
June 4th, 2018 6:51pm
Every one and every episode of depression is very complex. It can be situational depression or something long term. Sometimes it can resolve by talking with a therapist or seeing your doctor. Other times it may need stronger intervention. Unfortunately there is no one answer for this. The good news is there are many things you can do to help get through
September 14th, 2015 11:41pm
Depression isn't something that can just go away on it's own. It can subside or greatly improve when you take the time to get to the root of your depression, and work towards fixing whatever may be causing it. Mental health can be a lot like physical health, which means it requires constant maintenance and work on a daily basis.
May 31st, 2015 7:29pm
If it does go away — which is the goal of treatment — you might naturally start to worry that the symptoms will come back
June 10th, 2015 11:03pm
It doesn't go away but it does get better while it is always there it gets easier to carry that is my belief
May 31st, 2016 5:04pm
Depression doesn't go away it takes time and help and for some even tablets. Talking to people can help a lot.
May 22nd, 2017 7:36am
For some very fortunate people depression goes away on its own, but for others, it may stick around for a few more months or years, only to sadly return once more. After somebody has had one episode of depression they are predisposed to have another one later on in life- It is unclear when.
September 26th, 2017 5:15pm
Thats not straight forward, I feel like it is going to be a constant thing in my life which will never truely go away. That doesnt mean I will always be depressed. It just means that I have to keep actively managing it. I am in a good place right now and do not feel depressed, but I still have days where I feel like I am going down the wrong road again and have to be careful not to fall back into old habits and allow depression to take hold of me again. I do this by keeping my routines, the discipline which i have worked hard for. Things like excercise, eating right, not isolating myself and not letting depression take away my hobbies. By doing this I manage my depression and ward it off. Its going to be different for everyone, but I feel like by always working towards self development and keeping a healthy life style you give yourself a better chance. Ofcourse everyones starting point is not the same, for some it might be excercise and diet, others may need medication or therapy, I cant tell you which is the best one, so see what works for you :)
December 4th, 2017 4:40am
No one can say for sure. One thing is for sure though, there's no other way to face depression but to though it. Go through the process of understanding yourself, your condition, you life situation, and the process of healing.
March 26th, 2018 9:56pm
Asking when depression goes away, is a question without an answer. For some, it never goes away and for others it might, or it might go and come back again. Even if it doesn't go away, with the right help and support, and knowing what works for you, depression can improve.
December 3rd, 2018 6:36am
I’m not sure that depression goes away.Many have compared it to the big black dog on a leash that follows you around.He’s soft and fluffy, and come on he’s a dog.But when he’s around you aren’t you fully, or at least where you want to be. Our job is to minimize that big black dog into a playful puppy that’s small enough to move off the couch when the depression has you in its clutches.The dog may always be there, but he can easily be a roommate than a demon in your personal and mental wellbeing. Everything comes with balance and patience. I’m Here to connect with all of my fellow humans to keep depression in its place rather than wave a magic wand and make it disappear.
May 11th, 2021 2:04pm
Depression can almost always be helped. The treatment approaches that have been shown to be most effective in reducing depression include cognitive restructuring, medication, improving interpersonal relationships, and activity scheduling. 2.1.6 Cognitive Restructuring Depressed people tend to notice and remember negative aspects of their experiences more readily than positive or neutral aspects. They also are more likely to interpret their lives with a negative bias, while non-depressed people interpret events with a positive bias. Exercises in the following lessons will teach you how to test negative thoughts by reviewing all the information in your life-positive and neutral as well as negative. You will learn how to evaluate your negative thoughts and learn to think in more adaptive ways to reduce your depression. 2.1.7 Medication If you experience intense depression or long-lasting depression, or if your depression includes physiological symptoms, such as disruption in sleep, jitteriness, fatigue, or loss of appetite, you may benefit from a consultation session with a psychiatrist or another physician who can evaluate whether or not medication might be helpful. 2.1.8 Improving Interpersonal Relationships Some treatments for depression emphasize the importance of improving close relationships. If you are in an abusive relationship or a relationship with someone who criticizes you constantly, it can be hard to recover from depression. Couples therapy or family therapy can help you improve relationship conditions that may be feeding your depression. If you are being physically or sexually abused, almost all communities have special programs nearby to help you. 2.1.9 Activity Scheduling Activities can be connected to the way you feel. If you track feelings of depression, you may discover that when you are depressed you are more passive and less active. Following the observation that depressed people tend to stop doing pleasurable activities, depression treatments often emphasize increasing the weekly number of pleasurable activities. Additional ways to improve mood: • Surround yourself with people who have a positive impact on you • Invest in friendships and have a “go to” person that you can trust • Become more forgiving - forgive yourself and forgive others ( • Build on areas of strength and note evidence for new beliefs that replace old negative beliefs (praise yourself for things you accomplish) • Keep a gratitude journal (