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Depression is not a laughing matter. And some say that depression does not exist. But speaking as someone who has suffered from depression,  I can tell you that it does exist. Depression is a reality for hundreds, if not thousands of people daily.

Depression can take everything out of you

Depression makes it hard for you to get out of bed in the morning. But you may have more power over the depression than you realize. Hey, I didn’t believe that either. But one day I woke up and made the choice to not let it swallow me up inside. You too, can began a road of recovery and find the strength to carry on. You will stop feeling so helpless and begin to focus on feeling more hopeful. Will you still feel this way from time to time? Yes, of course. But you will to learn to channel the negativity and turn it into something positive. You will learn to look past the grey clouds and look to the light. Now it does take commitment and it won’t happen overnight. But if you pace yourself and are good to yourself you will be able to transform your feelings and surroundings to a better tomorrow.

Handling depression more successfully with more choices

Talk to people you trust

If you have one friend or family member that you can turn to, than talk to them. Let them know what you are going through.  If you don’t tell them, than how are they supposed to know. Let your support system know everything that is happening. Now they may not be able to understand everything, but they can be there for you.

Don’t expect sympathy from everyone

Don’t expect everyone you talk to too understand what you are going through. If they have not gone through it themselves, they will not be able to fully understand how you feel. Some of your friends may be able to show you empathy and some sympathy, but don’t expect each of them to display both sides of the prism. I learned this the hard way, so you don’t have to.

Continue engaging in social groups and eat right

Getting out an exercising will also help your soul. You may not want to, but the fresh air will do you some good. Eat right and stick to only healthy eating. This will also help to reduce your depression and anxiety. The next time you want to eat a tub of ice cream, eat an apple instead. Get out and socialize when you can. This will also do you and your soul some good.

Join a support group

This may be the best thing that you could do.  As I stated, not everyone is going to understand what you are going through. A support group is what you need to be with others who suffer along with you. They can understand certain things that your friend and family can’t.


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