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Will I live with depression for the rest of my life?

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Last Updated: 07/24/2018 at 1:14am
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Feeling depressed or anxious can be so overwhelming. I want to help you feel better and be able to enjoy life. You are not alone and you deserve emotional support.

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December 10th, 2014 7:38pm
Depression can be a lifetime illness, however, it can be managed. Different points in your life may surface different symptoms. At some points, you may not feel like you are struggling with depression at all. Other times may be more difficult. Situational factors can enhance depression. The best thing you can do is handle each day as it comes with respect to your depression and focus on self-care when it is needed the most.
May 1st, 2015 9:37am
In my experience the answer to this question is an emphatic "No". Thanks to a combination of skilled help from my psychiatrist, my clinical psychologist and (last but not least) my hard work, I think of myself as having recovered from depression. Depression is a word - it is not a life sentence.
December 29th, 2015 12:18pm
Everyone is different, the main thing to remember is that you CAN live with depression for the rest of your life.
June 5th, 2015 8:37am
No. Your feelings of depression will go away eventually. It might take time depending on the situation but you will be happy again.
February 15th, 2016 11:56pm
You can but dont live with depression. 7 cups of tea listeners are here for that send a message to us!
June 14th, 2015 1:28pm
Maybe, it's impossible to tell. Some people will get rid of it and others wont, but that doesn't mean you can't be happy. With depression it's more about learning tools to deal with it and keep it under control, and I believe that anyone can do it with the right help.
February 1st, 2016 8:10pm
I once thought that I would and this made the depression last longer. Suggesting something that may or may not happen causes it to lead more to the bad side. Use more time on getting better every time the depression rears it's ugly head. Focusing on other things that you enjoy can slowly take the pain away rather than using more destructive methods. Talk to someone; sometimes the best medicine is someone that cares and will listen to you.
December 10th, 2014 9:52am
Depression is and can be a long and hard journey. No, you do not have to live with depression for the rest of your life. There are ways to get better, always.
December 31st, 2014 12:04am
No! Depression is very curable. With positive thoughts, a plan witha professional and a good support system, you can get over anything.
May 2nd, 2015 8:49am
quite possibly, but it can become more managable with meds, counselling/therapy, and other forms of relaxation sort of things.
September 14th, 2015 6:11am
Some people grow out of it and some people don't. I know that I will, but for you that's different. But it makes up who you are so don't hate it.
September 14th, 2015 10:52am
It really depends on your situation, but if you have chronic depression, then yes most likely. But, that doesn't meed you will feel depressed for the rest of your life. If you start therapy, get a good friend support system, and maybe even start prescribed anti-depressants, you may feel a lot better towards life and yourself:)
September 19th, 2016 10:28pm
No. You can overcome depressive thoughts with therapy, medication, deep breaths, meditation, and more calming techniques.
July 25th, 2017 12:29pm
I am not sure but , you can try to tell friends or family. So that people can help you. But, if youre not telling anyone about it, it can be difficult and maybe dangerous as well
December 5th, 2017 12:53pm
I have accepted i have depression and can only do as the best I am given in my life. There are times when I need help and when I ask I want the same from the person as if roles were reversed hat I be there and listen to their problems. I want sometimes to be complimented for the steps I am taking and to feel like I matter to someone. I don't want to be yelled at only sat down and to talk about things I may do wrong and how to fix them I need to let myself know I can only do good when I apply myself to changing the issues that I have failed in. I want to be respected for who I am good or bad and for others to see I have a heart just like them and I am special in some way to others. I don't want to run anymore and say no or i can't i need to learn to say it's just a hurdle I can overcome it or I know I can do it. I need to work on making myself better for me before others. I need to keep telling myself that I can only do good for myself when I push myself to those goals. I need to stop being my worst enemy
April 16th, 2018 8:01pm
Depression is a difficult emotion, and sometimes it can be a lifelong process. However, with positive coping mechanisms and potentially therapy, depression can be alleviated and manageable.
July 2nd, 2018 5:12pm
it depends, it usually goes away with help from friends/family/professionals/medication but some form of depression might always stay with you or may go away to re-occur, but it dosen't have to be a bad thing, you could use that to help others who feel alone and depression can be manageable.
July 16th, 2018 11:11am
Depression can stay whole life if it is not treated, you can see a good therapist, therapy, medicines and some Lifestyle changes can help. All of that would recommend by a therapist. Depression is treatable you don't have to live with it rest of your life. Hope it helps
July 24th, 2018 1:14am
Depression is chronic (for the rest of your life) but it will get better and worse throughout your entire life, so it may feel like your depression goes away sometimes.
June 5th, 2015 5:46pm
No, you do not have to live with depression for the rest of your life. It would be great importance, to go and speak to your doctor about what has been going on- He can support you, put you into contact with professional counsellors etc, he may put you onto medication that can help :) Always here if you need to speak :) And we have depression chatrooms here at 7cupsoftea, with people in the same situation as you. You are never alone.
November 30th, 2015 7:21am
You can overcome depression with things such as therapy, medication, self-help, etc! It will get better, no matter what it may look like.
March 21st, 2016 8:40pm
It depends on how you change your life. If you battle depression and change your mentality, then there is a good chance that you won't ha e it forever.
June 6th, 2016 12:49am
No, depression is a temporary state and can be combatted by surrounding yourself with things you love.
June 20th, 2016 12:16pm
Yes, it might be the case. However, with medication and counseling it can be managed and still have a good quality of life
November 7th, 2017 8:31am
Only if you believe so! Mind can be your biggest ally/power or your worst enemy, it is up to you to choose which one, starting with small steps everyday, no matter how depressed you feel. If your depression is so serious that you think you may live with it for the rest of your life then seek for medical advice if you haven't, especially CBT therapy, since a pill won't cure your depression, but CBT might.