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

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Last Updated: 04/26/2021 at 2:59pm
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January 27th, 2015 4:25am
Depression is temporary. It is a state of being that one has the power to change. Remember that you are in control and you have the power to overcome this!
September 22nd, 2015 2:40pm
Every problem, no matter how big or small it is, comes with an expiry date. All you need to do is to endure the problem until the expiry date passes and then you are a free bird. Depression is not different. And as any other problem, depression seems to never end. But it can be brought to an end if you struggle not "with" depression rather "against" depression. And trust me, it will be one of the most wonderful and mind empowering experiences of your life. And a positive thing about depression unlike other diseases is that fight against depression need not be a one man show. Many people at the same time can fight together and all of them can get out of it easily and quickly. Just remember this: no matter how vast and seemingly endless an ocean is, there is always a shore on the other side. :)
May 10th, 2015 11:43am
I can tell you honestly and genuinely--no. I've struggled with depression, myself, for a good portion of my childhood, and even currently. You will have moments where you feel doubt and weakness; everyone does. But you will ALWAYS have moments of unabashed and true happiness, regardless of how brief or long they are. Those are the moments that will lift you up and allow you to keep going; those are the moments that will give you chances to come up for air. With time, those moments become longer and longer and longer, until they stop being moments and start being life. You'll get there, and all of us at 7 Cups are here to help you towards that.
April 8th, 2015 5:54am
No, you wont. You can go seek for professional help and they'll lead you to yourself. You can also join some activities to lessen it and always think positive. :)
May 27th, 2015 9:46pm
Depression is no longer a struggle as soon as you learn to accept and manage the difficulties of depression. It will take time but with some dedication and hard work, you can overcome the darkness of depression. There's always a hidden light to find.
June 5th, 2015 10:06pm
I'd say yes. Depression is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life, but there are many ways you can manage it so it might be less of a struggle.
July 13th, 2015 4:16pm
Probably not. There are different types of depression though and some do get over it and some struggle more. It really depends on your motivation to actually want to get over it(which can depend because depression basically takes over your life) and on how far it has come.
September 7th, 2015 1:00pm
I honestly feel like I will. I've delt with depression since I was 8 and I'm now turning 18 . It makes me feel pretty sad
September 7th, 2015 11:10pm
No, you won't. Or better, do you want to struggle with depression for the rest of your life? The question itself makes me think that your reply will be negative. You don't want it; you hate it. You want to be finally fine and free from these dark, invisible chains. And with your will and therapy, yes, you will be fine again, also if now it seems impossible or that you are too weak to do it. You can. I did too. And I'm finally fine today.
November 23rd, 2015 2:51pm
It would be ridiculous for me to say some cliche answer, and depression can differ in many ways, but the way I look at mental illnesses is that it's okay to be sad. It's okay to feel the need to die. Although, that doesn't mean you should let it take over your entire life. My advice is to do things that make you happy, within reason, and try to think happy thoughts. Keep your hopes up high and your head down low!
January 5th, 2016 12:37am
There's no real way of knowing. You may, you may not. It depends on how you handle it. If you believe you will struggle for the rest of your life, you may. Try to be positive!
January 26th, 2016 5:12am
Will you struggle with depression for the rest of your life? No. Only if you don't let the depression to be more powerful than you. Say No! To depression. Go out, spend time with friends and family, craft something, dance, play, travel. You can do so much more than just sit and cry. Just do it, you are strong and you can make it!
August 16th, 2016 7:46am
no, eventually with time and help you will heal from the things that depress you and be able to move on to bigger and better things
November 14th, 2016 1:45am
Not necessarily. First of all, you can't think too negatively about how long your depression will last, because with a positive outlook, you're more likely to heal faster. But if you feel as if you'll have depression for the rest of your life, consider evaluating yourself to clearly see your emotions.
July 3rd, 2017 3:18am
No, people can overcome depression. There is no need to let it bring you down all of your life. You can make your future
February 26th, 2018 10:10am
For many people, it is clinical and will eventually leave! Chances are that it will leave and you will recover from it.
April 3rd, 2018 9:02am
This is not a permanent situation that you are facing this is going to end and you will even not remember it after some time you will move on the thing you should only remember is that you should fight in every situation your best and you will win it
April 3rd, 2018 8:05pm
No you will not. If you get help and surround yourself with people who hold your hand through it, you will overcome and defeat depression.
April 30th, 2018 11:36am
Hopefully not. It honestly really just depends on your situation and what type of depression you have. I have a type of depression that is genetic, so I will have to struggle with it because I physically am unable to make certain types of chemicals that enable my brain to feel happy. I take medications and those help, but I continue to feel depressed on the weekly. I utilize my coping skills to help myself so I can be safe and get back to being my happy, normal self. Some types of depression are seasonal, so you may only have to deal with it once or twice every year. Other types of depression are situational-based, and once you find a way to overcome whatever triggered that depression, it can go away. The answer I want to give you is no, but it truly depends. Hopefully things work out the best for you, and even if they seem incredibly dark and hopeless right now, it does improve. You can still get better even if you have depression forever. c:
July 9th, 2018 1:21pm
No. Things will always get better. While depression may not always go away permanently, you wont have to constantly struggle with it as you can learn how to COPE with it
October 9th, 2018 11:08am
Life is challenging and can get you down at times, but you can always 'bounce back'. It seems like you are feeling really overwhelmed right now, you must be going through a difficult time. To 'bounce back', you can build your skills to manage emotions, handle stress, and seek help. What strategies have you tried so far? Are you seeking help from anyone at the moment? Learning to cope with depression takes time, so do keep that in mind and be patient and caring to yourself too (: many people with depression (including myself) do recover and lead fulfilling lives, I am hopeful that you will too.
January 8th, 2019 1:31am
If you think a certain way and if you focus on one thing, then yes. I believe in the Law of Attraction, and if you think that you are going through depression, then you may experience depressing occurrences throughout your life. Unless you decide to do something to change it, you will continue to be depressed. You don't necessarily need pills or medication to stop being depressed (I'm not against taking meds for depression) but it would definitely help if you put a positive mindset and have a positive outlook on life. Try to do things differently, perhaps! Keep your head up.
February 18th, 2019 2:58pm
Depression for some people may be lifelong, it honestly depends. Receiving treatment/medication, for some people, have not necessarily killed depression all together, but has reduced the symptoms. I think it's best to consult a doctor about what to do when it comes to putting a stop/slowing down depression, or making it so where it doesn't have a tremendous affect on your everyday lifestyle. Some people may experience depression symptoms for the rest of their life, and some may feel much better after receiving treatment for it. I think weather you deal with it for the rest of your life depends on the choice you decide to make.
April 26th, 2021 2:59pm
No, it will get better. The stress will losen its hold on you, but you must not sit back and wait. Try to help yourself and telling someone that you are depressed will help not only you help yourself, but for them to help you too and with that help you WILL get better and things will get a bit easier, but life is hard and it won't stop being hard, but we have to push through it.