I never thought I'd ever be writing this. Over the past few years as well as off and on throughout my entire life I have really struggled with depression. I think many situations and circumstances have made it extremely difficult for me to overcome feeling down and depressed and it has been getting worse over the last few years. I have probably been my weakest I have ever felt and after so many times of the never ending cycles I experienced of crying, sleeping the days away, letting things go that were important to me, struggling in college, ruining opportunities for myself I have lost who I am. I let myself down so many times and depression has gotten in the way of my life for far too long so now I've finally decided to do something about it. My last semester of college I walked across the stage and the very next week I learned that I had failed a few classes and that I would have to be right back in the classroom again. This semester was leaning towards another disaster ending and I was starting to give up on everything I wanted. After many days of crying and feeling like nobody understood what I was going through I decided to finally make an appointment with a psychiatrist. I saw him a few weeks later and was prescribed medication. I have had a hard time dealing with the side effects at first but I believe it has helped me a little. I contacted my college's disability services counselor where she scheduled me an appointment to come talk to her and I cried in her office the entire time the issues I was having with depression and how I thought I was going to fail my classes and get kicked out of the university. Luckily for me, I was able to get assistance from my professors after I met with her and she told me that it was making a big step to come into her office that day. Even though I was feeling really worried I was going to fail and nothing would work out for me, I needed someone to tell me that sometimes its OK to ask for help when I need it.
Last week I went to a therapist for the first time too. I am hoping that therapy will help me cope with depression and learn how to overcome everything I have been feeling lately. I know that this will be a process and a long road to recovery. I hope I can find support groups in my area and its good to know that I am not alone. I want to fight every day to become stronger. What do you guys do to help you cope with your symptoms for depression?
What makes you guys feel better?
How can I fight my episodes of feeling down and depressed when I can't get out of bed in the morning?
What works best for you?