Is there a way to relieve a bit of the pressure of depresison?
March 5, 2008 5:29 PM Subscribe
I'm in the bottom the stereotypical bleak pit of a crushing depression. I'm doing the therapy. I'm doing the medications. But what do you do with your brain meanwhile? How do you keep going on?
posted by beautifulcheese to health & fitness (58 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
This year marks 20 yrs that I've started down the depression path but it really hasn't been until the last six months that I've actually truly started to deal with it. I have a new excellent therapist that puts up with all my crap and a semi-okay mixture of meds that help somewhat but day in and day out I'm in emotional pain a heck of a lot of the time.
I see the therapist as often as I can (once a week - and she sets special time aside for me to make it weekly) and we're going slow so as to not overwhelm me when I don't have any coping skills. Well aside from self-injury. But I am finding myself at a loss as to what to do during that down time. Otherwise I'd be calling her up or the suicide hot line 24/7.
I'm on disability due to the depression, cannot stand to be in public most of the time, and spend most of it alone as I have no real offline friends. I'm being bombarded by this pain all the time and have no idea what I should do about it. What things I could do to keep it at a level I can cope with. To get my mind off of it. If this makes sense.
I'll probably make enemies but I will have to say there's no way I can do exercise which I know is what I should logically do but self image, a life time of being mocked and physical capabilities rule this out as something I will get pleasure from at this point.
I guess I'm looking for other ways to just cope. Things you can do to just keep going on. Things you may have done that brought you a tad bit of relief if you've felt this soul destroying depression before.