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Will I always have depression?

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November 16th, 2014 12:41am
This really depends on your diagnosis. Some depression is temporary. Typically, this means that some event happened in your life and caused you to become depressed. Other depression is long term. However, there is still hope! The good thing is that, most people, with counseling and medication, can learn to manage their depression. They still have hard weeks, and sometimes things might get really really bad again, but for the most part they have it under control. Medication helps their moods even out, and counseling provides them with the skills to change how they react to their moods. By doing CBT and DBT I learned how to notice I was starting to have a real hard time again, and I learned things to do to make this depressive episode less severe. I learned about self-soothing, positive self-talk, journaling, distracting activities, and how to make it through days where every single thing I did felt huge and exhausting. So, yes, you may always have depression, but you won't always be depressed, and it won't always be at it's worst. There's a lot of support out there. I hope you get the skills and support you need so that you can start managing your depression and learning how to live with it - no matter how long or short it lasts - in a more self-loving way. Hang in there. It does get better.
October 30th, 2014 6:01pm
Not at all. Depression can seem as if it is never-ending, but it is not terminal. I know that it is said a lot, but things truly do get better. It all begins with YOU. I was depressed, and I was sat on my bedroom floor, crying my eyes out, wondering what I was doing. Then I had a eureka moment. What was I doing? I was bullying my own mind, making myself seem like a monster. I am not a monster, I am a human. You are not a monster, you are a human. I realised that there are so many opportunities and experiences in the world, and I can be anything I want to be. I can skydive, I can get married, I can travel the world. Life is taken for granted, and depression is just a horrendous black cloud hiding away the never-ending opportunities. But they are still out there, and black clouds pass. I made a blog of positive thoughts, and I changed who I was friends with. I began seeing things more positively and I was happier in the life that I had changed, myself. You can do anything you want to, you just have to be determined and fight for it. You are worth it, and depression is not incurable. You can beat depression's ass. I did, and so did millions of other people. Your journey does not end here, keep going, stay strong, I love you.
November 3rd, 2014 7:04am
Depression is a chemical imbalance of serotonin that can be treated in multiple ways its likely that if left untreated it will not go away.
November 11th, 2014 7:14pm
Not at all. Depression is incredibly treatable. There are so many times where, when really struggling with depression, I've asked myself the same question, but there are so many routes to get help, it completely depends on how willing you are to receive treatment and which kind of treatment works for you - be it therapy, medication, CBT, finding the source of the problem (if there is one) and eliminating it...anything. Never think that depression is something you will be stuck with for the rest of your life, no matter how much it feels that way.
January 21st, 2016 3:33pm
I wish this didn't jave a character minimum because I really just want to say ''no!''. So, instead, I've got five words for you: You. Will. Get.Through.This.
January 22nd, 2016 1:56am
No, trust me, you will find away to defeat it, although it may occasionally come back, but you will be able to overcome it. But, you will NEVER ALWAYS have it.
September 12th, 2014 11:59pm
I do not believe I will. I feel life is going to get married. If I have depression all my life then I learn to live with it.
September 17th, 2014 1:39pm
Not always. As long as you look after yourself and persevere with this, you will be able to manage your moods. You may always be susceptible to getting depression again though, but it is a learning experience which will bring you familiar to help yourself or others in a similar situation.
September 11th, 2014 1:26am
No, because if you start to love yourself and see that you are perfect just the way you are and be happy. :)
October 27th, 2014 2:41am
I feel like this question all depends on you. Are you willing to work your way through the depression? I know it may be difficult right now and I know it may seem like you can't get out of depression, but I'm here to tell you that you can! I had depression for 7 years of my life and have been completely rid of it! :) Keep your head up high and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
November 4th, 2014 12:28am
Depression comes and goes for most everyone, but if you seek treatment, it is a certainty that it will become more manageable, and yes, may even disappear. Even the happiest and most successful of people often deal with some level of depression. The more you accept it as something normal, but something also to be kept in check (much like fluctuating weight), the faster you can come out on the other end of it. Talk to a friend, family member, or professional! The first step is to recognize that you have it. The second is to ask for help.
November 7th, 2014 11:32am
Depends. If you want a fast way to rid depression. Try and find the source of it. I went through depression once but I got rid of it after I treated the source. Find the source and find a way to treat it.
November 14th, 2014 5:41am
No my friend.Depression is just a phase through which almost everyone goes in life.Just like any other common disease it fades away eventually.All you need is some patience,reflection and hope to go through.
November 17th, 2014 2:45am
The amount of time depression lasts varies between different individuals. Some only suffer from depression for short periods of time while others are unfortunate enough to have to deal with it throughout their life time. The key is to remain in treatment for as long as necessary and comply with all doctor instructions to ensure the best recovery.
June 23rd, 2015 12:12am
In my experience I'm unsure if I'll ever be fully rid of my depression, I've taken antidepresseants on and off for 12 years and I wondered if I'd ever be able to stop taking them, or feel 'normal'. The turning point for me was going to therapy with a psychologist once a week, I've been going now for 3 years and whilst it's been slower progress than I had hoped, I've successsgully weaned off my meds under medical supervision and have been off them for longer than ever with no current need to go back to them. I feel better mentally than I ever have and although I still would say I have depression, it isn't impacting my life the same as it used to. I believe & my hope is that one day I will be rid of my depression for good. It could come back if things go crazy in my life, but that may be more of a situational depression rather than an ongoing deep seeded depression. I hope that helps In Some way. My biggest fake home is that meds alone can help manage things, but it's therapy that helps get passed depression.
January 28th, 2016 1:45am
Depression comes and goes, that much I know. Of course there will be times when you feel low, and times when you feel happy - you just have to focus on the happy. Being sad is unavoidable but there are ways of making it more bearable, like always having someone around to talk to, comfort food and all that. Depression never lasts forever, and people have different ways of dealing with it, but though it may feel like it will never end, it does. I can promise you that, from my own experience. :)
September 13th, 2014 9:28am
Not if you say "Enough" and really mean it, and ask yourself why you're depressed and put an end to the reasons.
October 21st, 2014 2:47am
That all depends on you. If you don't like where you are, who you are with, who you are or what you do, change it. Make your life the way you want it. After all, you know you best.
October 24th, 2014 2:37pm
it depends, hopefully not but I think with a combination of love and care, you'll be on the right track to escape depression
October 28th, 2014 5:41pm
No, you will overcome depression if you motivate yourself enough and if you occupy our time with activities that you enjoy doing. hope, you will be better.
November 2nd, 2014 8:43pm
No! Once you find something to make you happy, you'll realize how much you love the happy thing in life
November 3rd, 2014 4:38pm
It is hard to overcome without a support network, be it friends, medication or a counsellor. You will not be depressed for all your life. The scars will be visible, but you will hopefully view them with pride as they made you tougher than you were.
November 7th, 2014 8:00am
This is not a yes or no question. Some people do experience depression for most of their lives, and some people find a way to see the good and the joy and be happy again. It is so important not to take the good thing sin your life for granted, and once we realize how lucky we truly are, just to be alive, that is when we begin to see the light and to really enjoy life again.
November 10th, 2014 12:54am
i believe if you find someone who knows how to make you feel better and you see them at least once a day you'll slowly cure yourself by having a happier life
November 14th, 2014 8:44pm
Depression is something that almost everyone struggles with, whether is be a small amount or to the extent of depression running your life, but depression is not forever! With the right dedication and determination it can be concurred because everyone is strong and everyone can fight it off.
May 3rd, 2015 7:04am
no, you won't. Once you start working on yourself and find the reason behind it. You are already half way out of it.
July 14th, 2015 8:27pm
No, not necessarily! Depression is difficult, but it is treatable. You can be happy again, you won't always feel that way. Believe in your ability to be happy.
January 23rd, 2016 3:18am
I know that depression can feel really overwhelming and takes it toll. It can be very difficult, but it is more than manageable. There are plenty of wonderful ways to manage, cope, and overcome depression, though. From talking with listeners, counselors, or other people, finding new hobbies and passions, meeting new, good people, coping strategies, and medications, there is a way that fits everyone in one way or another. It's only a matter of gaining the courage to take that big step towards better wellness and finding what works best for you. :)
January 29th, 2016 1:28pm
No. There is an end to each and every sadness and I believe that depression can end. You just need the right dupport and the right will power to get out of this. :)
February 3rd, 2016 4:57pm
To be honest, maybe you will. Maybe you won't find happiness. But you know what? If you fight as hard as you can, you WILL get through it. This is just another bump in the road of your life. You just have to climb over it. I'll tell you one thing, though. If you give up, you will always have depression. I guess that means you can't stop fighting then!