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HOW DID YOU GET RID OF DEPRESSION

Any success stories out there? Did anyone beat depression and anxiety? I’m ready to get my life back but I don’t know where to start anymore.

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Positivity ,glass half full mentality iCAN do attitude lots of music 🎧🎶🎵🦋🌹🍀🎷🎹🎺🌞🌸and relaxation techniques 🧘🏻‍♂️🧘‍♀️Keep on every day !!! Embrace the good days write off the bad ones .its a work in progress you have to use all your tools .

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Thanks Alan, the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression can cause me to really get depressed because I always feel numb and in pain. I’m trying but it’s so hard not to think that something else is wrong with me

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I know ,when your stressed your mind plays tricks on you,are you on anxiety meds to calm you down?come on here more and get some forum love 💕 off the hippie sisters there’s loads of lovely people on here no need to feel isolated 🎶🌞🦋🌹🎵🎧🎹🎸🧘‍♀️🧘🏻‍♂️Sorry I have headphones 🎧 on and go emoji crazy sometimes x meditation at nighttime helps you calm your brain down you just need to relax your mind .

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Dude, you always seem like a happy person. Are you sure you are on the right support forum? 😁😊🎸🎶🎵😎

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Hi pal, yeah I’m at the right place 😊gorrilaz live at Glastonbury Clint Eastwood 🎶🎵I’m happy🎧🎶gets you in the right frame when you see the crowd rockin too ,🎹🧘🏻‍♂️🥁you tube 🕺🌞hope your coping ok too,we’ve all arrived here to reach out to each other on bad days and share the good ones 🙌

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Alan, you know how much I love you & your positive vibes. I’m so happy that you’re on this forum. You keep us all smiling & feeling the good vibes. 😜✌🏼🖤🤟🏼💕

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Lol you like my emojis I think it’s my lyrica meds keep me from dipping too low I do love this forum family were all members of the crazy club We try and rally each other along which we all need and you’ve taught me I cloud 😊🎹🎵☝️🌞🎸🎧🎶🍀🌷🤭 x

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I’m trying to get you hip to the new technology, best friend! 😊 we are absolutely members of the crazy club & I am proud of it! 😜 We keep life interesting being this way. Who wants to be “normal” anyway!?!

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Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say 😉🦋😻

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I did. Let me know if you want to talk i can teach you all kinds of things! I beat it, you can too!!

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How did you beat anxiety it was it only depression?? Please let me know I have been anxious since August 12 today is sept 16 abs I still feel fear and starry thunking oh bad things now fighting with shortness of breath which seems weird. Please help

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Hey So17, it’s just in your mind is what people tell me. Easy to say but I find it true. I try to distract myself whenever this happens. Like this morning I woke up and even though my mind was telling me to stay inside and hide all day, I went outside and walked for about 30 minutes and felt great. I was anxious while doing it but I got through it. It’s really no big secret the only thing you have to practice is mind control. Try looking at “the secret” on YouTube and tell me what you think. We’ll get through this together.

Xoxo

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Oh my I feel a little better but on Tuesday I ended up in the ER with what seeems shortness of breath due to chronic allergies doctor said it was a little bit of both my allergies and my anxiety which do not help I get out of a fear and go into a next one. I have having to leave like this. I started lexapro 10 in August 17 and on September 4 my doctor raised it to 20 he said about 4 weeks to kick in but now is it from the very first does or from the day he raised it. I can’t wait for it to completely kick in. I started doing yoga did it 3 days from Wednesday this past week. My side effects is sweating and dry mouth it has been less and less but I woke up today with my tummy feeling weird it might be what I had for dinner who knows. The one thing I hate right now it’s my breathing but I know I have to control it. I had all kinds of test and all is good just my mind giving me a hard time oh dealing with it. Please help what else should I do. Would I continue my lexapro or should I do something diffrent. Please please help

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Inbox me if you ever need any pointers I’ve had anxiety for 6 years now i know all the tips and all the tricks to help get your mind back on track. My issue is my breathing as well so i could help you with that too. I beat depression and anxiety by simply practicing mindfulness and meditation and all the tips and tricks that i can show you.. i do not believe ANYONE is born anxious or depressed something along the way, maybe without you even knowing has caused this anxious behavior our brains are like sponges they absorb EVERYTHING around us and wants we begin thinking a certain way it is VERY hard to reverse that.. but notice i say VERY HARD and not IMPOSSIBLE. You can do it too. Stay positive, okay? You will make it out on the other side ❤️

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Hi ,just do slow nasal breathing and your mind will calm down ,best wishes

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Thanks for writing back I love your name by the way. Alan!! Neat not so common name. Today I am feeling more blue than ever very weak very sentimental but maybe because it’s the day of the month and I am blaming my hormones!!

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Hope tomorrow is better for you ,nice to meet you as such 🍀

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Thanks I am hoping and praying for a much better day tomorrow. Good night

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I totally relate with you. If you’ve tried several medications, therapists, psychiatrists and other forms of treatment, I understand how it can feel hopeless. Have you tried all those things? Or you just don’t know where to start?

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Hi Maria, I’ve only tried medicine which was buspirone and I’ve only taken it once. I feel like if I can gain control over my mind I will be okay. The medicine made me feel horrible. I’m trying a more natural approach if I do decide to take meds like St. John’s Wort or anything natural. I see a therapist for the second time ever Thursday lol I can’t wait

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The more you see the therapist, the better you’ll start feeling. You have many options so you don’t have to feel this is permanent. Even if you give another medication at some point, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m so happy you’re excited about therapy. That’s a really good start!! ☺️

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No one beats depression. You manage it, like an annoying little friend. There is no winner in this game. Hope that doesn’t seem too cold, but it was a realization I had to accept mysef

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That’s completely false to me. You can’t have that mindset that “no one beats depression”

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I respect your mindset

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Just, over time, it’s okay to not beat it. I don’t want to place that expectation on myself. Different things work for different people :)

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Corey, you’re so right. Different things do work for different people. Hopefully once you reach a peaceful place in your life you can say you beat depression! Good luck to you love!

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youve got to love yourself 💝 first,hope anxiety 59 comes along soon with some forum joy and hugs for you ,she really warms you up 🙃😊🎶🎵🌸🌞🦋🧘🏻‍♂️🥁🎸🎧

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I think that is the secret Alan because love is the absence of fear according to a lot of spiritual teachers.

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We need to surround ourselves with positivity and love 💖 And spirituality xx🌞🍀🎸🎹🎧🦋

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Yes. I agree. I love your positivity!!

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Thank you I’ve been in a deep depression I know how scary it can be when you isolate yourself this forum is a lifeline if you need someone to talk to xx🌷

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It sure is. Just one kind message can uplift you so much!!

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So true,sometimes that’s all you need is a few kind words .

🦋🌷 x

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It’s pretty powerful.

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❤️ The only law of depression that seems to exist is to just keep on talkin about it. Good luck❤️

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I completely agree with acceptance, because I think we are prone to be that way, but it can get better, maybe even in remission. I know from experience.

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I tried acupuncture and after the 3rd session I couldn't believe how much better I felt, like the dark cloud of depression had finally lifted. I'm also doing other things to help myself but I believe the acupuncture is a big part of the improvement.

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I have been retraining my brain & it's thought process, it has been very helpful. I feed my mind with positive thoughts as it breeds more positive. Listening to music is also helpful along with just keeping yourself busy. I'm here for you, I know how bad it stinks to feel the way you do right now. If I can help you in any way just let me know, okay? Love, peace, light, joy & hugs!!!

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I knew youde come and join me and sprinkle some joy and hugs around 🧘‍♂️🧘‍♀️🍀🎵🎧🎶🌹😊🦋🥁🎹 xx

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Well now you know I just had too, hahaha! I've missed you all so so much! Love, peace, light, joy & hugs!!!

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Love you too sister lol,have a good day xx✊🌞🎶🎵🎧🎹🎸🥁🇬🇧

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You do the same, get your joy & groove on! Love, peace, joy, light & hugs!!!

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I will now I’ve had my special hug fest xx🎧🌹🦋🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️🙃😊

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Well now we don't have to stop it, hahaha! Love, peace, light, joy & hugs!!!

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Thank you so much!

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My pleasure! I am here for you my friend! Love, peace, light, joy & hugs!!!

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I feel like it’s a work in progress! diet plays more a role than people realize, and I agree with ma y things others have said on here about feeding positive thoughts-what you feed your mind with matters! and making sure to journal, talk sort through thoughts and question negative thoughts!! also prayer can be very powerful!! great question- thanks for sharing here!!💞

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Deeaire. Im having success in the last couple of weeks—finally—through a number of strategies. First and foremost is exercise, particularly cardio that brings my heart rate up (spin classes, rowing, ellyptical, fast and inclined walking on treadmill). Getting 7-9 hours of sleep. Cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates. Positive thinking mantras: I’m OK as I am; This is temporary and I’m progressing e.g. And being active (socially or otherwise engaging in activities and thereby being outside myself and distracted. I meditate, though that is less effective alone. Focusing not on the past or future but the present moment...THE ANXIETY AND PHOBIA WORKBOOK with CBT techniques is marvelous in conjunction with these. These in tandem, holistically, seem to be lifting my energy and spirits. And then the negative thoughts that cycle me in anxiety and depression lose their power or don’t even appear. My body is key to healing my mind. Good luck to you.

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I completely agree! Good luck to you keep moving forward I’m right behind you!

Xoxo

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I beat it about 3 months ago. It was trough acupuncture 5 sessions and I was back to my old self

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I am trying so hard to beat it. Day 8 on Welbutrin. The side effects are just awful. I can not stop thinking negative thought. Sleeping only a few hours a night. Not eating. I know the meds are supposed to take some time. Just seems cruel to me. Someone feels this awful and the meds to help make you feel worse. 😩

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I believe that you cannot beat depression or anxiety forever. It will always come back. You will have good days & bad days. Just treasure those good days that you do have, whether they are few & far between. Never give up on yourself no matter what! You’re special & you were given this mental illness for a reason! We are all here for you & we love you!!! 😊🖤✌🏼💕

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Yes I agree. I think that our genetic make up makes us over-react to things. But it can get better.

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Just keep fighting and believing better days are to come. That’s what I keep doing. It has to right?!?!?

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I have beat depression - for me, focusing on the good and trying to be grateful for the good in my life helped a lot. I also could NOT have beaten it without my faith in God. I knew He did not make me to be depressed, He made me to be whole and joy-filled and so reading the Bible and meditating on that helped me as well. I had a wonderful therapist who was able to get to the root cause of my depression and when I was able to let that hurt go I found tremendous relief. I would encourage you to keep going to therapy and if you are a believer turn to God. There are also lots of other anti-depressant/anti-anxiety meds out there besides the buspirone so if you want meds to help recalculate your brain chemistry and take the edge off so you can focus on the good, talk to your doctor about an SSRI as an option - they worked well for me and for my son. Keep trying to be positive!

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There's hope! Recovery is lifelong and a lot of learning! I can't say I'm a success in that I have beat depression and will never experience it again.... But I am a mental health professional, Married, with master's degree, working full time, who also has major depressive disorder. I have learned to manage my symptoms as best as I can.

We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for!

Here are some things that have helped me over the years:

-the right medication

-individual psychotherapy on a weekly basis

-support groups (online and in person)

-cognitive behavioral therapy

-learning about myself and learning to accept and appreciate myself

-mindfulness practice (deep breathing, guided meditation)

-yoga

-being more comfortable asking for help

-exploring various hobbies

-sharing more with my girl friends who understand me/accept me

-being more open about my diagnosis and struggles in general

-journaling

-asking for and receiving prayer (being vulnerable)

-being clear with boundaries

-not spreading myself too thin/taking on too much

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Well ... you aren't going to get rid of anxiety & depression with BigPharma drugs from your local M.D. pusher. I got rid of mine by going off the reservation to fix my thyroid collapse and deep nutritional deficiencies. Here is a summary of what I learned from mine:

I realize it is very difficult to think long-term when you do not feel well,

but I am going to ask you to do just that. I am going to ask you to think

beyond the treatment which you might be receiving from a conventional M.D.

(which may well involve treatment with drugs like anti-depressants,

benzodiazepenes, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers), to the Big Picture.

Like you, I at one time had very severe depression and anxiety, and at one

point had a terrifying panic attack. The eventual solution to my mental-health

problems did not come from an MD; in fact, MDs were more of a problem than a

solution. The solution to my problem took about 21 years to realize, but

things don't have to take that long; they only take that long when the patient

has to find the solution themselves.

I will ask you to recognize some basic principles:

1) Do not believe MDs, other than the renegades. Those renegades include

people like David Perlmutter, Mark Hyman, Kent Holtorf.

2) There are a few Naturopaths, Pharmacists, and other 'alternative' healthcare

types who know what they are doing. People like Izabella Wentz and Tom

O'Bryan, whom you will find on Youtube.

3) Mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and panic attack, can

be caused by toxic foods in combination with nutritional deficiencies. When

toxins cause endocrine collapse, that collapse can lead to the classic

symptoms of depression and anxiety. Do not automatically assume that you

have "genetic problems", even if your parents had similar problems.

4) Most American corporations are out to make your food so cheaply, that

you cannot maintain your health on it.

5) Many Americans are deficient in basic nutritional substances. A doctor

who tells you nutritional substances are a waste of your time, is probably

a quack, esp. if the doctor isn't willing to test you for deficiencies.

6) American fossil-fuel and chemical corporations are out to terminate the

planet.

7) Cheap refined carbs (and esp. gluten) are some of the most dangerous foods

you can use.

8) Only a small number of US MDs understand that most Big Pharma drugs don't

work because they are foreign to human body chemistry.

9) Few US MDs know how to do hormone therapy properly. This is esp.

true for patients whose Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal-Thyroid axis is

collapsing from bad food and chemical pollution.

10) The only food you can trust is what you raise yourself, which is not

possible for most people.

11) A substantial proportion of Americans would rather go to their grave,

than a gym. While you are trying to find a solution to your mental-health

problems, vigorous exercise will give you a respite from feeling like hell.

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What happened in my specific case illustrates the above pointers. I had

gluten intolerance when I was born (and I later realized it came from my

mother’s side of the family, given my mother’s health history). When I

was a teenager, and into my late 30s, I had fleeting symptoms indicating

ongoing destruction, yet no MD knew what they meant. During this period,

gluten (along with a few other foods, and growing up in a very polluted

environment) was launching Hashimoto’s autoimmunity that reduced my thyroid

function, and degrading my gut (gluten enteropathy) such that I was not

absorbing nutrients, and especially amino acids from protein foods. This

resulted in a deteriorating mental state in my early 40s, followed by a

terrifying anxiety/panic/depressive attack at age 45. It took an astounding

12 years to find out that gluten is my kryptonite, and I had to go to a

Naturopath for that diagnosis. After diagnosis, it took another 9 years

to reach a state where I really felt well; the final step was learning how

to bypass my damaged protein/amino acid metabolism, by using free amino

acids. The key takeaways from this long period of illness are: you cannot

have good mental function when you have hypo function of your thyroid and

adrenals; you cannot have good mental function when you have hypoproteinemia;

and treatment with BigPharma drugs like anti-depressants, mood stabilizers,

and anti-psychotics will NEVER make you feel well.

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I don't know if there is a way to completely beat depression and anxiety. I think people can learn to live with them. I've experienced them in waves where they come and go. I have found sleep, exercise and nutrition are key factors. As a last resort you can talk to your Doctor about medication and or behavior therapy. For me dependence on God is the only real help in living in this difficult world and dealing with trying circumstances.

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