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I'm 26 born and raised in Minneapolis, depression has been an uphill battle for 10+ years. I have been hopping the fence on medication because I am not a fan of taking pills every day. Some days I cant leave the house and others days I feel rather hollow or lacking of substance. Talking to friends help but sometimes I get to a point and rather not reach out.

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  • Have you tried reading any books that can possibly help with coping with depression or even like working out to get your mind off thing's.

  • The chemistry of calm is one I liked the most. It focuses on changing lifestyle and diets and the such. I just went for a hike with one of my friends. Exercise has been one of my focuses, walk at least 10k steps a day. It does stimulate the mind and body.

  • I can relate to not wanting to leave the house, but that has just been for the past year for myself.

    I experienced various physical illnesses and conditions, which caused me to stop the volunteer work that I LOVED since I've been retired.

    But I digress. I HAVE been in therapy and take medicines for my anxiety and depression. However, the BEST thing that worked for me was joining a self-help group! There are many out there and most are free! They may ask for a very small donation, but only if you can afford it.

    Unfortunately, my particularly set of groups have stopped for various reasons, but I found one online in meetup.com! I think that's the url.

    Anyway, the one I found is not far from me and they sound similar to my other self-help group. You don't HAVE to talk, participate, just show up and listen to others who are going through similar stuff that you are going through.

    I plan to start going to this new group as soon as it gets warm here again. I live in NJ and HATE Winter, not just the lack of sunlight but the cold temps.

    Hope I was able to help.

    Good Luck,

    MJ

  • I understand what your going threw ,the way I got threw the depression I have true friends that pulled me threw everything

  • I'm very sorry for your pain... Do you have a therapist and have you considered a low dose antidepressant. It’s worth researching. It works wonders for me!

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