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How I Won The Battle Over My Depression

I am one of those individuals that took heavy anti-depression medications for years, with little to no results. For me, my depression has been a debilitating condition that caused me to do nothing, and experience virtually no life at all. After spending years of following the doctorís advice, I finally took the problem into my own hands, and change my life for the better. This is how I have won my battle over my depression.

Tip: Do not let your depression control your social life by keeping up with normal social outings and activities. Depression may cause you to want to avoid these activities.

For well over a decade, I suffered with ongoing depression. There were times when it was worse than others, but it was always there. I felt the sensation inside me of total emptiness, and being all alone. The helplessness I felt was intense, and it appeared as though nothing I would ever do could ever make myself feel better again.

Tip: Do not let yourself get lost in a cloud of depression symptoms. Focusing on negative thoughts will have the same effect.

It began when I was a child, and my parents took me to the doctor to find out what was wrong. The doctor said I had clinical depression, and immediately put me on anti-depression medications. The outcome was not good. I felt more depressed than ever before, and desperately wanted to stop taking the medication altogether.

Tip: Find a hobby to keep you focused on something other than your negative feelings. Not having sufficient hobbies or not doing enough can cause depression.

I began researching online of alternative methods of curing depression and found that I could take positive steps to alter my behavior and how my body responded to the environment, and the foods I consumed. Living at home with family, it was challenging to change my diet, but I started becoming extremely picky on whatever I put in my mouth.

Tip: Look for a support network wherever you are able. Other people, particularly those who have staved off their own depression, are particularly useful at offering advice as you combat depression.

I started exercising every day without fail. I first began walking just a couple of miles, and found it to be quite challenging. Over time I was walking 6 miles a day, and was losing a lot of weight. I was soon light enough that I could start jogging, without damaging my joints. Becoming slimmer, I was feeling better about myself and certainly less depressed.

Tip: Call upon a friend or relative to either talk to over the phone, or better still, visit with in person and just find something to do together. Social interaction can help alleviate your symptoms of depression.

Because I was thinner, feeling better and certainly had more energy, I was attracting more people to my social circle. I was gathering new friends that wanted to hang out around me because I was happy all the time. I recognized that it had been a long time since I was feeling depressed, and would only slip back into that sensation when someone would say some offhanded remark, or try to make me feel bad about myself.

Tip: With depression you should live in the future, and keep the past in the past. Hope fosters life, and those who look to their futures often find hope.

I recognize that their ill words, directed as a knife to my heart, were simply their own reaction of their low self-esteem. I created a shield around myself that protected me from the further impact of their harsh words and ill feelings. In time, I was able to completely circumvent the outside forces and my inner feelings that had caused me to produce my own levels of depression.

I am now in a state of mind where my depression no longer exists. There are still times that I feel bad, but I do not feel depressed. I realize that I have control over my actions and feelings, and certainly the thoughts that I produce in my head. My battle with my depression is finally over and I am living a happier and healthier life.

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