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Top 10 Tips for Beating Depression

Due to the comments on our recent list dealing with suicide, I thought it would be useful to put together a list of things you can do to help you overcome depression and improve the quality of your life. This is a list of the top 10 tips for leaving depression behind.

10. Develop Interests

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Perhaps one of the most common reasons for depression is a lack of enough interests and activities. A small number of them tend to become routine and often boring. Interests and activities are very important in mental health, contributing to self-esteem and happiness. They give satisfaction, help make you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind off problems and negative thoughts and emotions. Simply cultivating them can sometimes cure depression, grief, addiction, explosive anger, anxiety, excessive worrying, or guilt, especially if you do the activities whenever you feel the negative emotion. There are many things you can do in this area: house work, visiting the sick or elderly, developing a hobby that involves the use of the hands, and so much more.

9. Keep Positive

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Negative thinking habits play a very important role in depression. Research shows depressed people tend to minimize their accomplishments, talents, and qualities. Happy people experience failure, disappointment, rejection, negative emotions, pain, and great sorrows, too, just like depressed people. But happy people keep a positive attitude by gracefully accepting sadness and suffering as normal parts of life, while doing what they can about their problems. This also makes them more pleasant to be around and improves their social lives. Part of happiness is a courageous choice of loving life in the face of suffering, a chosen position or view of things.


8. Fix your Personal problems

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Work on your personal problems, using small steps to make sure you avoid becoming overwhelmed. Work on only one or two simple things at a time, breaking large or complex problems into goals you can easily accomplish. Use rewards, friends, family, and support groups. What negative or stressful situations exist in your life? What can you do about them? Don’t give up and allow your problems to continue. Brainstorm solutions and ask other people for ideas. Some depressed people reject all the possible solutions, finding reasons to eliminate each one as unacceptable, unpleasant, or unworkable. Don’t let negative thought habits interfere with problem solving. Keep an open mind to all possible solutions.

7. Create a Positive Social Life

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Work to make your social interactions more positive by showing warmth toward other people, taking an interest in them, developing and sharing interests and activities, etc. Ask your friends and loved ones to ignore your depressed behaviors and to cut telephone calls and visits short when you dwell on complaints or drown in self-pity, spending more time with you and showing more warmth and interest when you act in more normal ways. Tell them to avoid taking pity on you and feeling guilty for not catering to your depression. Which leads us to point 6:


6. Stop Bad Behavior

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When you complain, cry, talk of sad feelings, or discuss problems, your friends and loved ones probably respond with sympathy and tender loving care. Unfortunately, these loving responses reward and help maintain the depressive behaviors. Some friends or family even take over chores for a depressed person who stays in bed or asks for help. Again, this rewards the passive or dependent behavior. Perhaps you reward yourself when you drown in negative thoughts or self-pity. Many depressed people eat, spend money excessively, abuse addictive substances, or have sex without love to feel better. Eliminate these and any other subtle rewards for depressive behavior.

5. Be Realistic

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Reexamine your expectations or priorities in life and, if necessary, adjust them to suit reality better. Depressed people often think they can’t be happy without certain things, such as a lover, a particular lover, material possessions, a much higher income, etc. You can eliminate such problems by changing your negative thinking and learning to accept the situation. Certain situations or troublesome people simply won’t change. When you can do something about a problem, however, you should. For example, you may need to leave an alcoholic spouse or to go to school to prepare for a better job.


4. Make Changes

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Change bad habits that keep you depressed. Work on replacing negative thoughts with positive thought alternatives every day. If you tend to blame circumstances or other people for your depression, combat these thoughts of helplessness by reading or by repeating, “I made myself down over that. I didn’t have to respond that way.” Use assertiveness skills, good problem-solving skills, or more positive thinking the next time a similar situation arises. If you often assume other people think badly of you read or repeat “I can’t read other people’s minds.” Humor also helps a great deal in facing life’s problems without drowning in negativity.

3. Become active

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Exercise and proper nutrition should be looked at, not as a quick fix, but as an ongoing way to make our tomorrow a little better and as an aid to facilitate our other therapeutic endeavors. We are then less likely to give up after a short time because we are not expecting an instant cure, just a little more control over our emotions and our life situation. You don’t have to run a marathon – just a daily walk for 30 minutes can be a huge step in the right direction.


2. Fix your diet

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Overeating, starving, and binge drinking are all ways we use to suppress our feelings. When feelings are suppressed, they eventually emerge later in other ways – such as through depression. By overeating, you are just putting off feelings that need to be dealt with. Think of it like this: every time you eat/starve when you are not hungry, you are trying to suppress your feelings which will, in turn, make you eat/starve more. Next time you are going to starve or eat your feelings away, think of a phrase like this: “I want my feelings to come out so I can deal with them – if I eat/starve now I will be hurting myself and making the problem worse. Because of this I am going to wait until my next meal.” You will be surprised how quickly your eating habits come under control with this thinking. Try to eat a balanced meal three times a day with no snacks in between. Remember that hunger is not a bad thing – it is a natural physical reaction to having processed all of the food you have eaten. NOTE: I am not suggesting you go on a health food diet – I believe you should eat whatever you want – as long as you only eat a small portion.

1. Control your thinking

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Another thing is to consider removing the word “depressed” from your vocabulary. Instead, think of these feelings as low moods. The term “depression” has so much baggage attached to it – by thinking of your feelings as a “low mood” you are more easily able to appreciate the fact that there are also high moods. Low moods seem more controllable.

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  • Juggz: there is never a contradiction in my lists :) I did say you can eat whatever you like – just small portions :)

    • mou

      bt thats too tough in 1’s favourate dish………

  • Twinkle

    wow nice list! i will tell my friends who are sort of depressed. now i don’t have to make the same mistakes when i feel sad again.

  • Twinkle: Thanks – The original article from which the top 10 has been taken was written by a psychologist, so it is all very good advice :)

  • Cyn

    While the term "depression" is commonly used to describe a temporary decreased mood when one "feels blue", clinical depression is a serious illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that cannot simply be willed or wished away. It is often a disabling disease that affects a person's work, family and school life, sleeping and eating habits, general health and ability to enjoy life.[1] The course of clinical depression varies widely: depression can be a once in a life-time event or have multiple recurrences, it can appear either gradually or suddenly, and either last for few months or be a life-long disorder. Having depression is a major risk factor for suicide; in addition, people with depression suffer from higher mortality from other causes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinical_depression

    it is a sore subject for me. i wish like hell there were another term to be used to further distinguish clinical depression from simple depression or 'the blues' or 'feeling down'. everybody can have a bad day or hell, a bad year. or be in a bad mood or just be moody. its that it persists, its pervasive and it does not respond to those kinds of suggestions. there are also physical components to clinical depression that do lead to physical manifestations of illness or contribute to the worsening of other existing physical illness like heart disease. if people really knew how little medical science understands about how medications..any medication..actually work then they might 'get' that medications used to treat clinical depression are most often little better than 'shots in the dark'. there is a tremendous need for more clinical research into brain disease and medication. personally..i don't think medication and/or therapy is much help to a hella lotta clinically depressed people (like me!). for a lotta clinically depressed people life is a daily struggle of will over brain matter. some of us succeed and some of us don't.

    • SilentSyren

      You said this better than I could. I suffered from depression for years and tried to use all of the above exercises to beat my depressed mood. Some worked for a short time, others didn't work at all. And I would feel even worse afterward because I wasn't able to overcome it. I am a perfectionist, so it pissed me off even more that I couldn't get passed it. Years later, I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety and put on antidepressants as well as talked things over with a cognitive behavioral therapist. I still have bad days, but nothing like it was prior to meds and therapy. I agree that not all self diagnosed "depressed" people should use that route. But I feel a lack of respect when others tell me to think positive or get a new hobby to get past my depressed mood. Because it didn't work before. (end rant)
      But it is a nice list for those that aren't clinically depressed. Thanks!

    • JimmyJ

      I totally agree with a lot of Cyn said. I have lived with clinical severe depression for 16 years. I’ve tried nearly every combination of psychotropric medications there are with little to no success. I’m sorry but most people that aren’t clinically depressed, or don’t have a loved one who is, really just don’t understand what it’s like to live with tons of mental health issues. They are diseases. These steps are no where near enough to help someone who has been through what I have. I seek help from every avenue available yet I struggle every single day with things most people wouldn’t think twice about. I agree there needs to be a lot more research on MENTAL HEALTH in general and how all these medications effect the brain. I pray for the day that a Dr. can look at my brain and know just what to do to balance my brain chemicals out so I can live a life of happiness like so many others do. I agree you can’t feel sorry for the people who aren’t willing to work hard at beating the disease by getting all the help that is available to them and trying hard to apply what is learned. All I am saying is, take it from someone who has attempted suicide a few times, and lives with several different mental disorders like PTSD, panic and anxiety disorder, severe depressive disorder, and more. I hide it well from some people but the people who really know me know how much I have struggled and continue to struggle. I wouldn’t wish any of this on my worst enemy.

  • Tlmabp

    Nice list, Good counter to “that”. I hope this list helps the people.

  • Tlmabp: I am glad to hear it :) I think we are all still smarting a little from that “other” list :)

  • Tlmabp

    Wait a minute I just realized Am commenting too much on this site and I dont even made an account yet. let me make an account now.

    (this goes to everyone if you like this site too much like me, make an account too Its free and simple.)

  • Good idea Tlmabp!

  • aplspud

    Good list, especially this time of year. Thanks jfrater!

  • aplspud: thanks :)

  • mandysparky

    great list! :)

  • mandysparky: a little more upbeat than the other one eh? :)

  • Dan

    I think a good one to add is laughing. Whenever my friends know I’m in a bad mood, they make me laugh to get over what I was sad/mad about. Or if I’m not around friends, I watch a movie I think is funny, or read something that’s funny. You may not think it’ll make you feel better, but you’ll be surprised.

  • Dan: excellent point – and one I use a lot in fact – whenever I feel low I watch a really stupid comedy movie (like Shallow Hal for example) to lift my spirits. It always works too.

  • Knives

    And never go to a Psychologist.

  • 20Fan20

    another unique list.
    I think it should have been titled “ways to stop being sad.”
    The reason you would be diagnosed(sp?) as depressed is because you can’t do half this list. You know for example to think positive thoughts when sad, and it can work. But it does not for a depressed person. A depressed person, as opposed to a sad or “low mood” person knows all this. When I think positive thoughts they have a positive effect on me. I can even think of new positive thoughts. I can believe them. I can take enjoyment in a walk because it benefits me. A drepressed person can’t think of positive things to say and when they do they don’t believe them.

    It’s like telling a person who cuts to just stop it, be happy, get new friends and exercise! They cut cause those thing don’t work. They don’t have the same bank of emotions non-drepressed people do. They cut because it is the only action that gives them feeling. A new juicy hamburger with a buddy ain’t gonna fix that.

    How about professional help for those that are depressed? They have tons of therapy styles, including medication based and non-med based. Long term inpatient care or out patient(if you saw One Flew Over the Cookcoos Nest this is for you) care can help. True depression is a mental illness that unfortunately can not be fixed with a few happy thoughts. I will take my sad days everytime compared to being depressed.

  • 20Fan20: I do agree with you – but I think a lot of people who believe they are depressed would find that they actually aren’t if they followed these guidelines – the author of the base article is a psychologist. It is too easy to say “I am depressed” and fall in to the traps described above because people come to love the attention. I think the need for medicine for depression is really only necessary for a small number of people.

  • 20Fan20: oh – I forgot to say, if the list were renamed, the very people that need this list would sigh and say “I don’t need this list – I am not sad – I am depressed” when they most likely are not.

  • A lot of those are WAY easier said than done. I would know. ;-) I feel like this is what I have to focus on 24/7 to keep me afloat. I think I'm just not a natural optimist…

    • Desmaliia

      And those last words, “Stop felieng sorry for yourself.” made me cry all over again.

  • Good to find ways to help depression during this time of the year. but one of the tips “Fix you diet” is contradictory (sp?) to this time of the year. :) And even thinking of the brady bunch makes me depressed :(

  • But who wants to eat rationally around the holiday seasons? All this turkey and ham and pie and candy canes and well you know what i mean.1 :)

  • Yarr

    Depression is a bitch. I know people who are depressed and they wear their conditions and their prescriptions like a badge. It drives me nuts!
    I’ll get overwhelmed with work or have a bad day and be in a shitty mood and then I have to hear, “Well, at least you don’t need a prescription, LIKE ME!!!”
    And I always want to say, “Yeah, you’re right, because I don’t medicate my problems. I want to try to solve them and make them go away!”

    But I don’t ever actually say that because then I would have to hear about how serious depression actually is and all that. I know.

    But, I do think going outside once in a while instead of stewing in prozac and daddy/mommy issues might help. And then this list comes along.

    Hooray!!!

  • Cyn

    just bear in mind that clinical depression does not generally respond well to these kinds of suggestions which would signal the need to seek professional diagnosis and treatment. there is a biological difference between clinical depression which is brain based and simple depression that is essentially situational. should there be any doubt or evidence of ‘depression’ persisting for more than 2 weeks..i’d strongly recommend professional assessment. to make light of someone who is depressed or to assume you are ‘enabling’ depression or ‘coddling’ is a very dangerous ‘slippery slope’. far better to have a professional assessment before you go off ‘playing doctor’ yourself. i’d much rather have someone seek professional help only to find it was simple reactive depression (in response to life event like death in family or divorce or job loss, etc) than to tell them ‘to buck up’ or its ‘all in your head’ or some other lame excuse and then they commit suicide. better safe than sorry! remember clinical depression is a mental illness and mental illness is as real and devastating as any other physical illness.
    (steps off soapbox)

    • Jamie

      Thank you so much for pointing out the other side of this. I read this list and my first thought was "The person who wrote this has never been clinically depressed in thier life, much less sucidial!"

    • Jose

      U are dense and so is jfrater this list is crap except for the ones about being proactive like exercising and eating right people are depressed because they ate fat lonely lost someone are poor and other various reasons all depression has an external cause and cyn u sound like the type to advocate anti depressants. The whole theory behind anti depressants is currently the most profitable lie in the world do the look at the research anti depressants are barely better than placebos search on google scholar also look up the chemical imbalance myth on google and jfrater u say because this list is based on an article written by a psychologist that it’s a good article how idiotic many psychologist know nothing about the brain and human behavior psychology today is disgraceful and it’s a shame psychologist consider themselves scientist and I have a bachelors in psychology so I know what this pseudoscience is all about

  • Cyn: I agree – this is a first step to work things out – however, coddling is wrong in all situations surely? If a person just has low moods and is making a big deal, or the person has true clinical depression, coddling won’t help – so don’t coddle a person with depression – advise them to get assistance – even help them get it – but do not coddle. The problem is that I think the majority of people on anti-depression medication probably don’t need it – you can’t trust the doctors always – oftentimes they will simply prescribe – and I also believe that some people go to the doctor and exaggerate symptoms in order to get prescriptions so they can garner the coddling and sympathy they want. Hmm – was the longest sentence on the site? :)

    • joe

      "The problem is that I think the majority of people on anti-depression medication probably don't need it"
      That kind of says it all, doesn't it?
      I mean, the problem here is that you think that the majority of people being treated for depression aren't really depressed.
      Sorry, I just have to agree with Cyn here. Your attitude is that of someone who has never experienced depression. And while I agree that there is an over-reliance on medication in our culture, this issue cannot be remedied by pretending that depression isn't a big deal, or that it doesn't exist.
      Some of the advice you have listed is great for pulling oneself out of a blue mood, but it likely won't be helpful to someone who is truly depressed.
      The reason this is a concern is that people could (and based on the comments, many have) could find themselves dismissing the needs of friends or loved ones, with disastrous results.
      This notion of 'not coddling' is kind of b.s. I suppose it's a fine line, but it's one to be found on a case-by-case basis, and calling out a one-size-fits-all rule like that just spells trouble.

  • Shane S.

    Chris “Leave Britney Alone” Crocker offers his own suggestion on beating depression. View at your own risk! LOL

    Chris beats depression

  • I was on Prozac for about 3 months and it did nothing, and it was the same for 2 or 3 others, but 2 weeks into my Zoloft regime and I totally levelled out. It’s like stepping out of a freaking plastic bubble, it doesn’t make you happy but it allows you to feel it.

  • jen

    jfrater- It may be true that some people exaggerate their symptoms in hopes of getting a prescription, but more often it’s the other way around–they have to be convinced that they have a medical problem. I know this from experience. My parents dragged me to a psychiatrist when I was a teenager, and for a long time I didn’t believe that I was depressed, because I rarely actually felt sad. However, I was constantly tired, went from being a straight-A student to not giving a sh*t about school, gained weight, lost my friends because I wasn’t interested in socializing anymore, and felt like my entire existence was pointless. A few years later, after I was medication, I recognized the exact same symptoms in my cousin, and she went through the same pattern. It took months for her to accept that she was depressed and get help.

  • Rey

    This is just what I needed. Thanks jfrater. :)

  • Bacon

    Having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago, perhaps I can offer up my own perspective.

    Clinical depression results from an imbalance of a chemical in your brain called saratonin. Prescription drugs like Paxil balance out the saratonin. Depression also goes beyond just being sad, as Jen said above. Before starting on my medicine, I didn’t care about many things, including my friends, my schoolwork, and even (or especially) my family. Depression can also stem from having ADD, which, although many people don’t believe it’s actually a disease, can cause a great deal of stress in a young person’s life.

    Jen: Your story is almost identical to mine, except I get the feeling I’m a bit younger :)

  • splodie

    It’s serotonin, actually. :) Serotonin is only one of the neurotransmitters responsible for mood elevation and decline. Norepinephrine, monoamines, and dopamine are among the neurotransmitters also being studied as a root cause of depression.

    I agree that anti-depressants are over prescribed but I think I would also put a caveat on this list that if these actions don’t work and your depression lasts more than two weeks or you start having suicidal thoughts you should seek professional help.

  • aplspud

    I, like many on here, have struggled with clinical depression since I was a child. After being diagnosed around 17 years old, my mother and I uncovered that what she thought were symptoms of a colicky baby or a fussy toddler were probably early symptoms of the chemical imbalance. I have been on and off medication many times.
    Bonabi: I took zoloft for several years, then went off because I was too even (some of you may understand what I mean), went without meds for many years, went back on zoloft but it wasn’t working anymore, went on prozac for awhile, evened out, went off. Everybody reacts to different meds in different ways, part of why there are so many out there.

    Those of you who are pointing out the medical issues of depression and the importance of a clinical diagnosis and medical treatment (and I completely agree with you, don’t get me wrong) shouldn’t completely discount the ideas in this list either. I am currently managing my symptoms without medication by using stress management techniques I learned in psychotherapy which include or echo many of the techniques discussed above. I am in no way at all trying to argue against meds or put myself above anyone, its just at this point in my life I’m able to not be on meds and be pretty stable. Just about every day I make a self evaluation of my moods/behaviors/other symptoms and I know very well I may need to go back on meds at some point. But for now, I’m just taking one day at a time.
    jfrater: You’re right, coddling is not good, it rewards the symptoms and is not the same thing as being supportive. Everyone can use a little TLC once in a while, but if it feeds into a need for validation of being too weak to care for oneself, it can be quite destructive.
    Yarr: I have an idea about the people you are talking about,and they annoy me too. If one is expecting antidepressant medication to make everything all better and uses his or her energy to self-pity, then that person is probably never going to recover. As frustrating as it is, its best to just not respond since, as you said, they’re probably all ready to give you a sermon on their illness. If its someone you really care about and who you think really isn’t addressing the underlying issues, you could compare them to a diabetic who eats candy and then just assumes an extra shot of insulin will fix the problem.

  • eric n.

    i recommend creative pursuits and rampant sexual activity as the best cures… along with copious alcohol and caffeine consumption and, in the worst case…cigarettes. also long hours of sleep, no boss or person to answer to, and as stress-free a life as can possibly be managed within financial reason. this lifestyle actually requires quite a lot of self-discipline and planning, but it works. :) good friendships help, too.

  • rebelaessedai

    Actually, you should technically eat about six small meals a day. I have hypoglycemia and don’t do this. It causes a lot of problems, on top of the depression.
    And I hate to say it, but I will never get off Prozac and Lamictal. With even a day or two off the meds, I see an immediate difference. These things you mentioned do help, but chemicals in your brain are off if you’re truly depressed. And I’d like to solve it without drugs, but I need to function in a practical manner.

  • eric n: alcohol is a depressant – probably not a good idea for someone trying to beat depression :)

    rebelaessedai: the problem with six small meals a day is that I think most people don’t even know how big a regular meal should be – let alone a small meal. Chances are, unless someone is advising them, they will end up eating six large or six tiny meals a day – neither of which are helpful.

    And you are right – some depression does need drugs for treatment – this list is not intended to replace that.

  • miss_ali1984

    I know that many people will not believe me, but I think that even clinical depression can EVENTUALLY be cured with the simple rules listed above.
    I am someone who went through the many approaches to treating depression over the course of 7 years, most of it involving the now routine approach of medication, and it almost ruined my life. The constant support and basic pity of my friends and family, coupled with medication that continually cripples a depressed person’s already depleted will to perform basic life tasks were my downfall. It was only after I stopped all the medications and began to practice the above rules (the exercise and diet one goes double) that I saw myself become a regular person again.

  • mainlinemystery

    Is it just me or is this list somewhat naive? This list is fine for people who are having a crappy day, but for depression, I don’t think so. It’s hard to be active and think positively when you are fighting for a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Fixing your diet, controlling your thinking, and making changes… that stuff means nothing to someone who doesn’t care about themselves. It’s a chemical imbalance. Smiles don’t produce the chemicals that are lacking.

  • Cyn

    scroll up to #21 and coupla past that…………

  • Cyn: thanks – that is what I was going to say :)

  • Cyn

    J – great minds, think alike!

    ‘sides…this is one of ‘my’ topics.

  • Cyn: indeed they do :)

  • Xhm

    i go through depression very often, i feel hopeless and dead… im only 21 years old… i cant talk about my problem bc others could not understand… even close friends do not…. i live in lebanon… the problem is that im gay… and in lebanon gays are not welcomed.. i try to live with it but i cant … i would like to get married and have children in the future… since i dont want to be alone … i hate being alone in the future… that thing kills me …

    • joe

      It doesn't sound like your depression is a clinical matter, but sadness and frustration stemming from your difficult living situation.
      Treating the symptoms of depression without trying to fix the root cause isn't really advisable. However, If you are gay, you're probably not going to find happiness by trying to 'un-gay' yourself. And why should you try? You're not the only gay person in Lebanon– it's a statistical impossibility.
      It's understandable that you would feel bad living in a place that considers homosexuality a crime. Sounds like the real crime is being committed by whomever came up with that law!
      If there's any way to move somewhere where you feel more welcome, then do it!!!
      But while you're there, try contacting this group:http://www.helem.net/
      for advice. They may be able to direct you to a support group.
      If nothing else, maybe doing human-rights volunteer work, and connecting with others who understand where you are coming from will benefit you in more ways than one.
      Stay strong; you're not alone, even if you feel like it right now.

  • Cyn

    Xhm – unfortunately i’m not familiar w/ the state of mental health therapy in Lebanon. i’m assuming it is not good. i’d suggest Googling depression. online depression support groups. see if there is something you can utilize online. or maybe there is something local. you’ll have to check around. as for homosexuality. again i’m assuming Lebannon is not a good place to be gay. i would strongly recommend being as discrete as possible about pursuing info. online. (but then you prolly already know that) i understand that in some countries homophobia can result in physical violence or worse towards gays. and yes, we still get that kind of barbarism here (in the US) but thankfully not as frequently as i’m assuming it occurs elsewhere in the world. i wish you luck. i hope you can find help w/ your depression. and w/ coping w/ being gay in a safe and discrete way in what i’m assuming is still an extremely unenlightened culture.
    stay safe.

  • luckyaz

    i got a tip for beating depression, man the hell up and stop whining like a 3 year old.

  • Cyn

    luckyaz – how compassionate. betcha tell diabetics to have a candy bar and shut up too, eh?

  • Gaara

    All this is sheer nonesense. The writer of all this bullcrud is a complete retard who knows nothing of happiness. He’s a moron and anyone who agrees with him is a bigger moron. It’s all bullshit because depression, especially one caused by suffering an intolerable and untakable amount of pain will never cease. It’s not as easy to get rid of sadness as this idiot claims it is… Truth is, only one way has been known to end such large amount of pain… and that is the sentiment of love, which can only be administered by another person. That is the only thing that can heal a shattered heart. Happiness is a lie. Those who are happy are those who deny the true shit that life has in store for them. If one’s ambition cannot be fulfilled, that is what triggers that much pain. Only way to stop is to keep your fingers crossed and try to achieve it, or else you will never heal. People who reject ideas do it because they know it would be a waste of time. They know that they can’t change because that is how destiny made them… to suffer forever… No amount of silly words can change that. We’re all fools who play this game we call life… We’re all to blame…

  • Cyn

    Gaara..a broken heart is depressing but not a medical condition known as clinical depression. as for your condemnation of the list..i’d suggest you go back and read the comments that this list has generated…you’d see the list in a new light.

    IMHO –
    the original list i think is best suited for situational depression and not a medical diagnosis of clinical depression but…it is still a good way to figure out the difference. if you’re depressed and follow some of these suggestions w/out relief…then it might be a good idea to seek professional advice. i think the conservative approach to anything that is not immediately life threatening is the way to go..as a general rule of thumb. so if you’re not suicidal and still functioning well enough in daily life to get by..why not try some of this and see if it helps. then if it doesn’t ..seek professional help. :)

  • romanesco

    Too bad…this list is likely to do a lot more harm than good. The person who wrote it must have depression confused with something else– possibly something imaginary. Having gone through it myself, I am here to tell you that depressed people do not pity themselves. They want to kill themselves. Do murderers kill because they pity their victims? No. At any rate, if someone is able to do anything on this list, it means they’re not depressed. But really it’s not good advice in any case. It’s fraught with sarcasm and commands to just behave as someone you’re not. When we are healthy, we do everything on the list automatically. Invalidating your feelings and beating yourself up over having no motivation isn’t going to solve anything. In fact, it’s the main part of the problem to begin with. And encouraging the general public to view depression as some kind of chronic whinerism is literally dangerous. Depressed people do not look for “coddling” or even help. They tend to isolate themselves and often eventually start looking for guns. The only thing to do if you’re depressed is to go directly to a qualified, level-headed counselor and ignore any advice from amateurs. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to approach a depressed person closely enough to talk about their problems, that is the only advice you should give.

  • Cyn

    *sigh* i’ve begun to see this list as my personal project. i’ve commented on it so many times. that said…once again into the fray…

    i would appreciate people who take the time to comment to take the time to read the entry in its entirety and most especially the comments.

    that is one of the true wonders of listverse entries…the comments are sometimes more enlightening and compelling than the original list!

    so much in this particular list has been expounded upon, critiqued and clarified in comments …its as if the comments should precede the list!

    there is incredible repetition of complaints in the comments. so you have something negative to say…start from the beginning of the comments and read thru…i can almost betcha its already been said and more than once.

    just to be clear…again..

    this is a site for lists. for entertainment. and if perchance you are enlightened..wonderful! this particular list is not meant to take the place of professional/clinical diagnosis or advice or counseling.

    and frankly, at this point..anyone who thinks this is the holy writ and will use this against the advice of a doctor as their prescription to combat depression…should be hospitalized. seriously…if you’re so messed up that you can not tell this is a generalized list on a entertainment site that has been commented ad nauseum about the symptoms and treatments for actual clinical depression as opposed to situational depression…then you’ve not been paying attention. or are incapable of doing so.

    yeah..i know …a bit bitchy but seriously…this is gone beyond getting old.

    re read the list from the vantage of light information. really read all the comments. then if you’re still not sure if this is not intended as professional advice or counsel….see a therapist yourself.

    if in doubt…seek professional help immediately! i always say..better safe than sorry. if you’re not sure if you’re clinically depressed or suicidal and please know this…you can be clinically depressed to point of not functioning and not be suicidal. being depressed and suicidal do not necessarily go hand in hand. being suicidal requires immediate medical attention. being depressed…even clinical depression…can be evaluated professionally over a period of time. situational depression may actually get better over time and not require meds or therapy. if you have any doubt about the differences either in yourself or someone you know….contact a professional.

    :)

  • Cyn

    wow ..8 and now 9 :)

  • romanesco

    Interesting how some people’s contempt for those with mental health issues seems to dovetail with the idea that making fun of depression is cool, if that’s what’s meant by “light information.” What’s clear from the comments is that this list can and has been taken seriously, and that’s precisely my point, which still stands. Those who are not yet diagnosed and those who think it’s their job to advise others will likely be harmed by it.

  • Cyn

    contempt? oh, i hope that is not an accusation directed at me personally. if so you could not be further from the truth. i have personal history and professional experience w/ depression as well as other mental illnesses. i have nothing but compassion and concern for those who suffer from mental illness either as patients or family and friends of.

    what i take issue w/ in some comments made re: this list …is the tired, lame repetition of the same crud over and over again. obviously an indication that the commenter has not bothered to read comments, just spouted off.

    depression is no matter for contempt.

    lame commenting is.

    course if i’ve misread your intent and it was not a personal attack …then…so sorry. :)

    clinical depression is a mental illness that deserves much more clinical research. much greater social understanding and compassion. and those who are affected by it from a loved one, family member or friend. hell..a fellow student or employee(er)….well, it behooves you to take some time to learn more about it and be as supportive of that depressive in your life as you can be. for the depressive…seek professional help. there maybe something that will work for you. help you live a fuller life. you never know til ya try.

    and i’ve really gotta stop doing these PSA’s…*sigh*

  • romanesco

    Cyn, if you do not see that comments like “anyone who thinks this is the holy writ and will use this against the advice of a doctor as their prescription to combat depression…should be hospitalized,” or “if you’re so messed up that …” do not constitute contempt, you’re missing out on what most people must think of you.

    Read some books. Pay attention to how things are spelled and written. They’ll guide you away from such credibility-killers as “ad nauseum” and “a entertainment site.”

    Oh, and incidentally, there’s no distinction between “clinical” and “situational” depression, much as you may have been misled by your Google searches. Depression can be triggered by any number of things, situational or otherwise. Whether it’s considered “clinical” is a case of magnitude. And since suicidal thoughts are among the top 10 indicators, your defensiveness about whether this list will help trigger it is not only irresponsible but alomst borders on the criminal.

    Now, I don’t expect you to get all that right away, little girlie, and It’s OK that you are as silly as you are right now, but you really need to start getting more serious about your high (or perhaps middle) school classes before you decide you can start tricking adults.

    The subject of depression is no place to start with that. It’s a serious, life-threatening illness, and certainly no subject for levity.

  • Cyn

    check your email later. i’ll not hash this out in comments.

    btw..i’m more than happy to take this kinda crap ‘off campus’. beats displacing valid commentary. :)

  • crystalclear

    I’d like to say to those that think medication isn’t needed for depression. I know that it is needed. I have been diagnosed with Major Clinical Depression and have been on all sorts of medications to help me cope with this illness. My doctor has finally found the right cocktail of medications that work for me, but like many people that have this illness when they start to ‘feel’ better they tend to go off their medication thinking they don’t need it anymore. EVERY TIME I have gone off my meds because of feeling better I would sink down so low. I think of suicide a lot, even on meds but when I go off them the thoughts turn into planning. Then I have to start all over again getting back up to the dose that I need for even a little bit of relief.Many times in order for me to that I have been hospitalized to keep me safe. I’m thankful that I have a counselor that doesn’t play the coddling game with me but says it like it is. This list is exactly what she tells me to practice. Although it is tough for me to do some of the things on the list I know when I make myself do some of them I can face life a lot easier. Thank you for this list and for letting me make this comment.

  • Cyn

    crystalclear – your comment is a good example of the importance of seeking professional help. also of being patient…each person’s course of treatment, whether talk therapy/meds, meds alone or whatever is recommended by a medical professional…will be unique to that person. so some trial and error is to be expected. thank goodness you’ve found what works for you. even better that you understand the importance of sticking to the treatment plan as prescribed. i wish you only the best in your continuing treatment. it is truly ‘one day at a time’ w/ some days better than others, as you well know. :)

  • Monkey Nuts

    This is a good list, but it comes with the false assumption that anyone actually knows how you feel. A lot of the time it is the people who are seemingly the happiest and most fulfilled who suffer from depression. Secondly, people seem to make a distinction between clinical depression and the after effects of an emotional cataclysm in one’s life. I believe that a lot of people who suffer from the latter are contemptous of people who suffer from the former, being that there is no direct causal stimulus that would explain it.

  • Cyn

    well there is still such stigma attached to mental illness of any kind so there is tremendous ignorance and misunderstanding about the complexities of clinical depression and other mental illness. it being called ‘depression’ doesn’t help. reason i do try to call it ‘clinical depression’ to differentiate it from just being down or blue or having a bad day (week/month/year/whatever) this entry is intended for a general audience not medical professionals. i do think it serves a purpose. but..its like anything else anyone sees online (or for that matter in real life anywhere) it behooves the ‘reader’ or ‘consumer’ to do their own homework. to take anything (these days) at face value is folly. read it w/ an eye towards it being very general and if it compels you to dig deeper and do your own research …all the better. the more informed folks there are out there in regards clinical depression and other mental illness..the better! :)

  • avi

    great i tried no. 1 this morning!

  • mimi

    although there are some interesting points within the list itself, this might be the least helpful thing i’ve ever read, and i doubt the author knew anything at all about clinical depression.

    there’s a real difference between someone with major depressive disorder (MDD-NOS) and someone who’s “having a bad week”.

    and honestly, number 6, which basically says “stop complaining”… sure! why didn’t i think of that; i’ll do that right away. while i’m at it, i’ll just internalize all of my bad feelings and let them rot away, because i wouldn’t want to disturb those who love me and want to help me feel better about myself. =/

    i hope the so-called psychologist who wrote this isn’t practicing anymore.

  • Cyn

    mimi – most of your points have been covered in previous comments.
    if you check the source the author is a psychologist.

    ~ ~ ~

    again..people need to understand the distinction (which is made in the source article) between feeling depressed and clinical depression. the first being a temporary mood that will pass in a while. the 2nd being a mental illness requiring medical attention.

    that said…all the suggestions in this list make sense as a means of making that distinction. if you’re simply depressed any of these suggestions might actually help you cope til it passes.

    if you’re not sure if it is just being depressed or actual clinical depression requiring medical assessment and intervention (and you are not suicidal) then trying these suggestions w/out relief should prompt you to seek medical attention. or if you know of someone who has tried these suggestions w/out relief then urge that person to seek medical attention.

    unless someone is suicidal or is a danger to others…taking some time to see if any of these suggestions might help should not be a problem.

    if you are suicidal or feel you might harm someone else call 911 or the nearest hospital emergency room for immediate assistance.

    if you have any doubts as to your condition contact your doctor. go to the nearest mental health clinic. students have access to school nurses. college students have access to campus clinics. if you are a member of a church ..seek counsel there.

    there are any number of ways to seek help. to find clarification.

    reading a list on an entertainment site…maybe be entertaining but it is not the be all end all answer to your mental health issues or questions.

    for that matter…online research should be but one avenue of educating yourself about mental illness. make an appointment w/ your doctor to discuss your situation and options.

    and do yourself a favor by actually reading the list, the source noted at the end the list and the previous comments before passing judgement on this list or its source author or the list submitter.

    :)

  • Greg

    This stuff is garbage…
    Depression isn’t something you can just change.
    I tried to get active i ended up getting tired more and sleeping for maybe up to 20 hours at a time.
    All this bullshit i tried changed my life to the point where i was more depressed and i almost killed myself.
    i had a gun in my hand when my step brother walked in the room and nearly beat the hell out of me. i then spent tome in a hospital where they ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO HELP!
    don’t listen to this shit. seek real help.

  • Corella

    Have any of you heard of Bipolar disorder…i was diagnosed as being depressed when i was 7 and i was accuarately diagnosed with Bipolar disorder when i was 9, i have the whole inherited gene. Ive taken prescription medication my whole life for various reasons concerning my disorder…i read this list and think it is just bullshit, no matter what i have tried to do, the only thing that has helped me is seeing a psychologist. Being able to get my problems out to someone i dont know helps me more than any medication i have ever taken. Who ever wrote this list has never experienced true depression. I’m 19 now and i have went through so much suffering for no reason other than an inherited gene, this list is pure bullshit and doesnt help anyone who ACTUALLY has clinical depression…get your facts straight before you write a list about something this serious…

  • me

    true chemical depression means that you no longer have the ability to care about anything. therefore, this shit is useless. i really think you might want to avoid depressing people further by removing this list.

  • me: I think point 6 might apply to you.

  • toolnut

    buuuuuurn!!

  • no

    the last thing a person who is actually clinically depressed needs to do is:
    1)be told that they can help themselves out of it, and that they have control over it.
    2)be told that it will just pass, that it’s mind over matter.
    3)be advised to make major life changes. when you are depressed, you are NOT yourself anymore. You are angry/apathetic/in constant agony/desperate, etc.

    Your body cannot produce or retain the correct chemicals to counteract these feelings. you can’t fight chemistry, and while i agree that you shouldn’t give in, you do not always have the ability to decide. the only reason a depressed person will seek help is because of their loved ones; they no longer care about themselves at all.

    your list disturbs me greatly because it displays all the ignorance about the condition.

    IF YOU CAN COUNTERACT YOUR SADNESS, IT IS NOT DEPRESSION. end of story.

  • Cyn

    this list works on so many different levels. the text itself is sound advice presented in a understandable and positive way. no where in the text does it imply that it is the end all be all treatise on depression. so i still think this list stands on its own. especially when read in proper context and taking the time to check its sources.
    the comments it has generated actually exceed the merit of the list itself.
    which is the truly awesome thing about listverse. that a simple list could generate such commentary…well, its what makes listverse…listverse and not some knock off copy/paste piece of crap you’ve seen everywhere else.
    having said all that…how much i appreciate this particular list. how much i appreciate the commenters.
    i think its time to change the title to
    TOP 10 WAYS TO BEAT A DEAD HORSE
    seriously…does no one read the list? read supporting links?
    and does no one actually read the preceding comments?
    so many people are simply not reading. not paying attention. and spouting off on their own little soapbox. and yeah, i can be guilty of that last part too.
    okay…so first off. this is an excellent list. there is sound advice to be found here. the supporting articles have to be read to keep this list in proper context. otherwise commenters come off looking like fools for repeating exactly what is said in the list or supporting text or THE PREVIOUS COMMENTS.
    i know, i know…no one is paying attention but i’ve gotten this off my mind.
    clinical depression is a mental illness that requires assessment and treatment by professionals. anyone suspecting they or someone they love is clinically depressed should seek professional help immediately. suicide is never the answer. if you or someone you love is suicidal…STOP call 911 or seek emergency medical intervention available in your area immediately.
    i’d highly recommend anyone reading this list pay close attention to what it actually stated. check supporting articles. most importantly read every comment. before you spout off about what crap this is.
    /rant

  • panopticism

    i think this list really needs to be renamed, you can’t cure depression by thinking positively, i’ve had severe depression for years, taken 13 different medications, tried everything in the book short of electro-convulsive therapy, tried everything on this list (which has done nothing.) these are ways to cope with sadness, not real clinical depression.

  • dave

    I find the best way to treat real depression is to learn a few tricks that prisoners of war use to make it through the hell that life as dealt them at that point in time.
    The object is to make it. This implies hope. You have to accept there is hope for feeling better to feel better.
    Another thing is to make time seem to go by faster by taking as much time as you can on simple tasks as brushing your teeth and other daily tasks.
    Give yourself time to accomplish a better life. do not expect to feel good if you are tough on yourself. Just keep working on fixing the bad in your life a little each day.
    Don’t tally up the negatives. Don’t worry about finances.
    Work on having hope and knowing there is a way to be different.
    Depression comes hardest when you think of all the bad things in your life and your mistakes and opportunities you missed.
    We all have done the same things wrong in life, depressed people just dwell on it.
    Many things will fix themselves as you fix a small bad thing, it adds up and with a little synergy of things fixed, it can snowball and fix bigger things without you having to do anything.
    As you become happier, more opportunities come to you. As you have less negative thoughts, new happier thoughts will replace them.
    You can’t see the sunrise if you are looking at the dirt.

  • -cherio-

    tip 1. control your thinking = deny the truth shy away from your problems when you need to sort them out the most

    tip 2. fix your diet = eating healthily depresses people it can make them think oh god i have to eat this or that and a little bit of that or i’ll end up even worse off than i am now

    tip 3. become active = sport creates competition or standards that have to be met and challenged or if the activity is something alone like track or i don’t know then you tend to think of the past the future your happiness leading ultimately to deppression.

    tip 4. make changes = what to change where to startdeppressed people don’t have good features (well at least not to ourselves) so make changes to us means you’re right you do suck change!

    tip 5. be realistic = to us how we think THAT IS REALISM damn stupid idea or what!

    tip 6. stop bad behaviour = we’re deppressed not juvinial delinquents. deppressed people find it a lot harder to trust and talk to people FACT

    tip 7. create a positive social life = deppression creates shyness making social interaction a lot lot lot harder try create a social life first

    tip 8. fix your personal problems = if we knew what they were we wouldn’t be fucking deppressed would we?! you’re the shrink site

    tip 9. keep positive = *positive thoughts* oh my my life does suck oh happy day -_-
    thing
    tip 10. develop interests = interests need interest deppressed people have less and less interest in everything day by day

    could you get much worse ?!

    this is ridiculous

  • Cyn

    68. panopticism
    69. dave
    70. -cherio

    your comments would be much more effective had you bothered to read the preceding comments. most of what you’ve stated in your comments has been previously covered..w/ some exceptions….more than a few times.

    i would highly recommend anyone thinking of commenting on this list read the list carefully and all the ensuing comments before you sit in judgment of this list or make the same comment many others have already made before you.

    as a starting point for educating oneself on depression..this list works fine. anyone should know a single list on a single website is grossly insufficient information on which to treat a life altering and at times life threatening mental illness such as depression.

    if you need professional help for yourself or someone one you know…..contact medical professionals not a website on the internet.

  • Rylan

    Before taking the antidepressants I am currently on, I was in lock-down at a psychiatric hospital, and every second consumed with the feeling that I was one second away from urinating and defecating (caused by OCD), experiencing virtually nonstop panic attacks, and depressed to the point where I wanted to die.

    Antidepressants do not make me happy or anxiety-free, far from it, but they give me a foundation that makes living (as opposed to merely surviving) possible, as my mind was for all intents and purposes complete chaos without them.

    It took years of trying about two dozen prescription medications and a number of illicit drugs that did nothing positive for me before finding the antidepressants I am on now.

  • Jack

    I have to object to the notion that sympathy ‘rewards’ depressive behaviour. It isn’t like giving a sweet to a dog. During depression, you hate yourself. It’s like constantly bullying yourself. The affection of freinds makes you feel only more wretched for not being able to attend to them, or for placing a burden upon them.

    It’s ironic, and kinda sad, that depressed people often reached their stae of being precisely through practicing the ‘stop whining’ method on themselves. I have expereinced depression, and I know that I reached it through constantly telling myself that I was lazy, worthless, unlovable and a burden to others. I did not reach it through having my ‘passivity reinforced’, or obtaining a ‘victim mentality’. I reached it through the very opposte conviction that I was contemptible for my (perceived) incompetence.

    As for one commentator who claimed that most depressive people wear their diagnoses like a badge: I can’t say I’ve ever met such people. Of course, its skewed by he fact that he probably knows plenty of depressives without knowing it, and that he’s probably just met loud-mouthed people desprerate for sympathy rather than actually spoke to depressed people.

  • kelsie

    i hope it works im so depressed l8rly ive lost my boyfriend and friends =/ x

  • Taija

    It’s clear that this list isn’t going to help anyone. Depressed people KNOW they should do all these things, but it’s not as easy as thinking “hey, maybe I’ll try that out”.

    I suppose meds can help you, if you find it hard to get up in the morning, let alone do something – but they will never make you better.
    I can’t completely recommend seeking help from professionals, either. They can be pretty judgmental at the times, and believe me – it’s not just my personal opinion.
    I’m not saying that psychotherapy is the evil; it’s just not always so amazingly helpful as some people make it seem.

    The best way I know to get better (be it depression or some other similiar mental disorder) is to talk with people who have been there or are experiencing it right at that moment.

  • Grecia

    Im so guna tell my mom this…
    she often gets this weird symptoms and its because shes stuck here in the house with her two little kids the whole day nd i figured she has depression…thats not good she really needs to know about these tip. thnx

  • Levi

    This list is wrong on so many levels. Teaching people to treat their depression or their loved one’s depression with these “Cure Acne” or “Lose Weight Fast” like lists creates the illusion that depression is just a minor, simple, temporary hurdle. Unfortunately for many people, depression needs doctors medications, therapies, and support from loved ones.. To teach people on this site (or anyone for that matter) that to follow these trivial and mundane tips teaches others to dismiss their own and other people’s depression. The winter blahs, seasonal depression, and post-pardom depression, is one thing -long term chronic problems are different. Perhaps specifying between the two, rather than conflating them would be less deadly advice. If my family had followed these tips, I’d be in a grave. Medication, family support, an early diagnosis, and MOST IMPORTATLY, dismisal of these “helpful tips” is what led to me leading a normal healthy life.

  • Cyn

    recent commenters –
    scroll up! read some preceding comments.
    :)

  • Han

    This list of ‘helpful’ tips to combat depression is horrifying. It only confirms the level of profound ignorance, that so many people (including so-called professionals) have about depression and mental illness and is incredibly damaging to the individuals who read it. Please take it down!!!

    In particular, people who suffer with depression really do need the help and support from friends and family. When society already holds so many prejudices about depression and mental illness, such support is not always forthcoming. Therefore, discouraging friends and family from being helpful and assisting the individual though such a difficult period is truly, truly irresponsible. To be honest, I’m disgusted that the list has been posted at all.

  • Cyn

    Han – look up dude. see previous comment? then scroll up and read some preceding comments.
    i promise it will clarify everything then you won’t come off looking like such an idiot.
    :)

    *slaps hand* oh, bad Cyn. ;)

  • nelson

    i agree with han depression is a very important issue especially in men who suffers more

  • merriellen

    The list is a good start as the medical journals reveal that lifestyle changes are more effective than antidepressants. You wouldn’t know this from the drug commercials, hey?
    Here’s an example of that research…
    http://www.cure-your-depression.com

    There’s medical research study info on changes that were made by people who were on anti-depressants for over 20 years and were healed in less than a week.

    Great list!

  • straight hair

    right now, i feel sad and horrible but after i read this article i want to try doing this 10 tips. maybe it can help me. im so sad right now. regarding in my work its really very stressfull and im so tired at all. But i would like to think that i will be happy this week.

  • Default

    Yeah.. I suffer from clinical depression and believe me, it’s not that easy to “be positive” when the dark mood hits you.

    It can get so much worse when you spread your good cheer around and alienate everyone around you. Can’t work, can’t sleep, can’t eat. Everything is pointless.

    I agree with some of the posters that took offense to this list. “Fix your diet” and “control your thinking” seem a bit, well, like bullshit to me.

  • Chris

    I don’t agree with many of these answers on ”beating depression. 1. these lists are methods of suppressing depression mainly. Suppressing depression can make things worse in my expereince, and all ppl are different, different situations, different ppl, and it has to be dealt with differently. ”Stop Bad Behavior” well i believe talking about the problem, and letting it all out helps greatly with depression, then keeping it all in, and pretending that everything is ok, when its not, can make one even more depressed, because we can’t flick a switch in back of our head.
    Some of these can help… and some of these can make things a lot worse, it all depends on the person. Just like taking drugs for depression. It can relieve some symptoms, but in some cases it can make things worse, and even can cause a increase in suicide. In some cases, and winging off drugs can be really hard, and cause spells of crying, and other unpleasent things.
    But some of these lists were good.

  • Chris

    Oh and -Cyn or anyone disagrees with my comment…

    Many ppl are desperate when it comes to depression, and sometimes they seek help on random websites, and are to scared to seek professional help. They seek some sort of salvation anywhere they can find it, and a lot of things on this list can make ppl worse, then they already are.
    Many ppl are deperest, and many ppl are to scared to tell anyone about it, especially a freaking stranger, who will examine them, and lable them, so they seek, and HELP on yes even random websites on the internet. alot of ppl think that they’re the only one with it, and are to scared to tell anyone else about it.
    Some of these answers and advice is good, like thinking positive, but some of these can seriously make things a lot worse.
    PPL who view these could very well be kids, or deeply depressed ppl, searching on googles for some sort of desperate help. I see it every where… but thinking positive is a real good thing, but this list is telling ppl to freaking pretend that everything is okay, and pretend to be someone else, and hopefully everything will be okay ? WTF is that ?
    Btw all of you are very much aware that this is article is viewable to millions of ppl around the world, not just experts regarding depression, and now a days many kids are really depressed, and lack a lot of experience. They don’t go researching everything regarding depression, or even really aware what depression really is exactly.

  • lifeschool

    I agreee with the statement above (very surprisingly) as I used to have depression myself. Saying ‘everything will be ok’ is not always a good thing to say to a person with depression, especially cus you can’t talk a mile in their shoes. Everything may turn out ok, but for them, now, they may be blind to it.

    This kind of expert advice can be helpful, as you say JFrater, for those who are of low mood. The problem with true depression is that the mood of the suffer is being controlled by the illness – not the sufferer; which can be the hardest part to swallow.

    So, some additions for real sufferers may be:

    TALK – a problem sharted may not always be a problem halved, but many sufferers have been helped by repeatedly talking it out. Some people you talk to may be of valuable help i.e. counsellors. Others may not be, but let it out and don’t bottle it up to go ‘bang!’ some day.

    STAY CONFORTABLE – in cases of long-term depression, don’t rush into things hoping for a quick cure. There aren’t any. Even if you made up with your parents and kissed your past away, it can still take a very long time to come out of it. So stay confortable with wherever you may be with it, and take it easy on yourself. Time is the greatest healer.

    TAKE IN LIGHT – surprisingly, sunlight can really help clear the headspace and boost the body and skin. Fresh air really can blow the cobwebs away, and ‘walking it off’ really can work if you walk far enough. If you do try to walk more often, try to do round-trips or to always walk in the direction of home rather than away from it.

    HAVE FAITH – another surpise, going to church, or to join any kind or singing, dancing or chanting activity will help. Not only will you feel part of a loving family, but the healing energy of any spiritual practice can be a refreshing tonic. Also, have faith in yourself and for the future. No matter how long it takes, all that water will flow under the bridge eventually.

  • lifeschool

    damn those spelling errors! :)

    Oh, and always tell people you are RECOVERING from depression.

  • lifeschool

    Ohhh, and if i’m on the subject of things that seemed to help me:

    Acceptance is the key. Repression only creates denial.
    To illustrate this, one upon a time, I wrote down everything that has happened to me. I wrote down all the blame, all the anger, all the fact one after the other. Then I spent the entire afternoon repeating the words I had written to a stranger. They were asked to say nothing but just nod. After repeating this whole train or shit over and over about 8 or nine times I got to thinking – ‘god, i’m so sick of going on about this’. After reading it out loud again I ended up laughing at it; which was unexpected.

    You would think keep going over it all like that would reaffirm it all, but it didn’t. It let it out, and out, and out. Until I was in a position to see it as a place far removed from where I actually was. It still took a year or feeling in ‘limbo’ before the last grey sky lifted, but I did it. And guess what, as soon as I felt ok about myself, someone else saw it too. We got married 5 months later.

  • vishal

    The following link also gives more tips
    More Depression tips

  • Hayley

    This list is actually really smart and helpful

  • cloud5975

    I have therapy for my depression in a few days…really nervous about it…

  • Amanda

    Very inspiring. Thumbs up! :)

  • reppahhh

    i understand the intentions, but i dont like this list. people think its a state of mind, but depression is an illness. This is like creating a list saying ‘top ten ways to beat OCD’ or ‘Ways to keep away diabetes’. sorry to the creator of this list, but its mainly some of the comments that have offended me.
    and to cloud5975, i hope it went well for you!

  • frankocean

    oh my god, im surprised how many people think that depression is an illness, like diabates or high blood pressure, it is not!! …the chemical imbalance theory is just a myth!, laughing causes a chemical imbalance in the brain, crying, getting mad, feeling “down” , antidepressents work as well as a placebo!, that´s not me saying it, there are a lot of studies on the matter, and for the tips that are here, well as long as you view something with negativity is not going to work, you have to believe, to have hope, victor frankl said it better in he´s book, “man in search of meaning”. just read it!.

  • cloud5975

    Yeah it went a lot better than I thought it would-I’m on wellbutrin now.
    frankocean-It is an illness, and you need to realize this. Depression can be caused by a poor diet, the time of the year (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or a deficiency of a certain neurotoxin. Antidepressants do help because they boost this neurotoxin (I can’t remember the name.)

  • frankocean

    i agree in the poor diet front, the body is like a car, it can be a brand new car, but if you dont treat it right, dont change the oil when you should, take care of the tires etc… it´s gonna fail sooner or later,but then again buddist monks eat only rice and look how peaceful they all are ;)…but the notion that we are not the main responsibles about our mental health its just so sad to believe, if depression is an illnes why CBT is better that antidepressents, for treating this “illness”. In CBT you challenge your thoughts and you learn to cope with every day life, in another words, you change the way you think.

    study after study, (glad to send you the links, just ask) shows how placebo work as well as antidepressents,again, the power of the mind, im very glad that you did so well on your therapy, but dont ever forget, you are the master of your faith, and the important thing is what works for you..best regards.

    i leave you with this…

    “We’ve all heard the theory — a chemical imbalance in your brain causes depression.

    Most researchers now believe depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    How did we come to this conclusion? Through years of additional research. But now we believe that depression is caused by a problem in the brain neuronal network. We now believe antidepressants help brain cells recover their vigor and form new connections”

    Jonah Lehrer.

    you see…its changing, again..to earn more money..

  • Unicorns

    Regarding medications for depression, I can only ask- Would you tell a cancer patient not to get chemo? Or a diabetic not to inject artificial insulin. Depression is a disease just like any other.

  • Ant-LOX

    I don’t think depression is a disease at all, It’s a state of mind.

    I was depressed for a good 4 years, and I had to change my line of thinking, I pretty much beat depression by doing a number of things that are on this list.

    Depression can lead to other problems if not addressed though. I got over my depression entirely by myself.

    Surprisingly, Marilyn Manson, and Pink Floyd were two of the biggest reasons why I’m not a depressed person anymore. Marilyn Manson’s music is very self exploratory, and it helped me to explore myself more, and it really changed my life for the better.

  • Unicorns

    I disagree, Ant-Lox. I have bipolar disorder, which is a permanent mental illness. No matter how much I talk to a therapist or write in a journal or get excercise, enjoy hobbies, eat well, get sunshine, etc, I will never be in complete control of my moods. Although I now rarely get suicidal, I still become withdrawn, listless, and unfocussed about one or two days a week. It doesn’t sound too bad, until you consider that I am a student and the inability to focus or interact with my peers can be incredibly damaging. I occasionally go one or two days without sleeping, or spend excessive amounts of money on things I don’t need. Only since I’ve started medication have I been able to at least stabilize my moods and function almost normally. The medication has not made me happy, it has given me a measure of control over my behaviour.
    I’m not saying that you weren’t legitimately depressed, or that you didn’t get over it yourself. But there are really two kinds of depression. There’s the kind that is temporary, usually brought on by external circumstances, that responds well to treatment. But there is another kind, which is permanently hard-wired into the brain of patients, and it’s not fair to ask us to live sub-standard lives because you don’t think it’s a real disease.

  • Adrian

    I understand the way you feel unicorn, i really do, but as long as you think you cant do something…you wont, there are many factors for bipolar disorder, two are i.d as the most important: Genes and Enviroment while growing up. Let’s take these two, but first bare in mind that you should do whatever feels right for you.

    to take your example on diabetes and cancer, we have blood test, ct scans, to determine how bad the disease is, in depression there is NONE, we dont know how the chemistry of the brain works, we just dont.

    I dont kid myself and i know that biological depression does exist, but it is very rare, as Elliot Valenstein Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at Michigan University, points out in his seminal book Blaming the Brain, “Contrary to what is often claimed, no biochemical, anatomical or functional signs have been found that reliably distinguish the brains of mental patients.”

    even if it was a “gene thing” it is not a fact, that your genes can change if you follow the proper actions, mentally, dietary, exercising etc.. you CAN CHANGE your genes, or the “bad” burden in them.

    i know unicorn, i’ve been there…

    sounds lame, it is a cliche..but believe.

    If you want the links just ask.

  • Henry

    I’m a 20 year old male. been depressed for atleast five years now to performance anxiety. ive never had sex with a chick, had plenty of opportunities, but i can’t get it up when the time comes! i can masturbate and i wake up with morning woods. sorry for the rambling, but i am a very stubborn person, still live at home and am at the local community college, and i blame it on my depression. i only really ever talk to it with my good buddy, weve been friends forever. hes had sex numerous times so i dunno how he can related to me. but its nice to have someone to talk to. my parents or sisters dont know about my probably. im sure they have noticed me being in pissey moods but i dont think they actully think i am depresssed. im pretty damn good at keeping it in and making ppl laugh and laugh myself. but im scared for my future because ive never had sex and have enver had a serious girlfriend. dunno what to do. dont want to tell my parents. dont wanna go to a therapy. any reccomendations?

  • Henry

    and please dont say get a girlfriend. cuz that wouldnt work, ive tried this recently. liked thsi chick alot, we hung out alot over thesummer. she liked me, she knew about my problem, cuz it has happened with her years ago. we tried to have sex for the first time like 6 or 7 months ago. and nope couldnt get hard, then she lost interest.

  • Henry

    ^^ it was with me when it happened. (tried to have sex)

  • anya

    Henry:
    erm…stop worrying? I’m not making fun of you, I swear. Thing is, you’re only 20. I assume you have no pact with a higher being that dictates you must have 92 babies by the age of 21 so…why the stress? Until you go to a doctor or therapist to find a medical reason for this, the only thing you can assume is it is stress-related. Getting a diagnosis from an anonymous community in an internet .com site isn’t the best place to find answers.

    Can’t tell if you blame the depression on your current living situation or vice versa. If see that as a problem, then find a solution. Find a place of your own, bunk up with your friend…take out the negatives and replace with positives.

    Therapists aren’t so bad, you know. I went for a time when people around me were worried that it wasn’t grieving I was dealing with but PTSD. Depending on the level of honesty with friends and family, you may get a good answer or you may get a lot of sympathetic awws. A therapist has no emotional ties to you; he’ll give you an honest and objective interpretation.

  • henry

    anya, thank you so much for the quick reply. i just blame the perfomance anxiety on everything. why i couldnt stay at this college that i was giong to and am now in a community college. and its ever harder cuz i dont mean to boast, but good lookings girls find my attactive. its pretty terrible how this has all turned out for me. i need to get over my stubborness and go talk to a professional, so much easier said then done and i dont see myself getting any help cuz im so emotionally messed up in side, but still hav eplent of friends. i dont understand it, im paranoid and have anxiety all to this performance anxiety. first time i remember it happened was in 7th grade. very yougn and immature yes. but the first time i tried to have sex was mid way through highschool. i was always shy early in highschool, and then i starting partying and drinking and then its alllll downhill from there. i smoke cigs too, and when i drink and smoke cigs my heart RACES and pounds in my chest. im actually paranoid about this too when laying with a girl in my bed after drinking or something. writting this all down in thsi little box really makes me think i shoudl call a professional. but im honestly scarred of that. not normally scared of much,except sex, givign speeches infront of people and my future. had many thoughts of depressiosn, never even told a good friend or a soul, first time ive said it to anyone. ha its easier to just type on the internet and you haev know idea who you’re talking about. sorry for the typgin errors, i didnt look this over, because ill cry. and thanks for the quick response again anya, means alot.

  • henry

    i also have the flu right now and had been laying in bed for atleast 6 hours tonight. havent had anything to eat since 4pm, its now 1141pm. so my mind is a little loopy for sure. or else i dont think i would of posted any of these. but wow i can live like this anymore, so much pressure to have sex these days. i need to cut back on the aprtying and drinking and find some new hobbies ( not saying partying and drinking are my hobbies) — see theres the paranoa. wow

  • henry

    i only ever rememeber being happy when i wasnt shy anymore in highschool until trying to have sex for the first couple of times. nothing. ive been depressed ever since. many thoughts of suiside and have not had any help professionally what so ever. the only people that know are the girls i have tried to have sex with, prob half of them know i guess. and 3 of my pretty good friends. i need a change in my life

  • henry

    am very sorry for the multiple posts, theres always way too much on my mind when i think about thsi

  • henry

    which is probably 30 times a day. but i cover it up very well. which is not a good thing to do at all, i know i’ve read so many different articles regarding depresssing and performance anxiety. farwell for now

  • henry

    and sorry for not responding to your reply in detail, i just kinda of blabbed. but i have two older sisters, they both have boyfriends for a while now and are both very successful in there job field. i guess theres alot of pressure? but thatsnot when i think about when tryign to have sex. i just think about how this has happened soooo many times before. i have been beginning to blow off trying to have sex and chicks just think im not interested. when in reality i thinki would be so much more happier if i had sex soon with someone in my town. once again sorry for all the posts. and pls read all of the above SIX posts that i made. thanks again

  • henry

    oh and i blame the depression due to my performance anxiety over the past 4 or 5 times. ive tried to have sex with about 12 different girls, a couple multiple times, so they for sure know about my problem. ok im exiting this window before i have another 5 replies. thanks again anya for the quick reply

  • henry

    4 or 5 years **** ( to above post ) sorry i didnt check any of these postsf for spelling or grammar.

  • henry

    oh and I RARELY lie ever. i hate when people lie to me. thanks good night. so my good body have given me some decent answers

  • anya

    Blame it on my science background since I tend to organize by scientific method but I may be a really great person to bounce this off of or a horrible person to bounce it off of because I don’t really sympathize. I’ll empathize to a point but I didn’t feel an iota of sympathy… What I saw in your posts was a lot of ‘this didn’t happen because of sex’ and ‘that didn’t happen because of sex’… There was a lot of convoluted reasoning to blame everything on sex. The lack of proper accountability opens up the chance to feel crappy about other things (the no eating, the bed rest, the partying, the cigarettes…) and it becomes a vicious cycle of “the world is out to get me” rather than making proactive decisions to fix your situation. I’m glad you ended your latest post with some ideas on trying to change your environment. I hope this works out for you.

    There’s only pressure to have sex if you’re putting yourself in an environment that stresses it. I can’t pass judgement on your situation since I don’t know it but at least where I went to college and in regards to the peers I lived with and socialized with, sex happened but it wasn’t the main focus of our lives (at least later in college. Freshman year was an experiment of part learning and part disaster. I’m still good with some of my freshman year friends but to me, I wanted more/different things). Sex wasn’t even secondary or tertiary…it was simply there. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate and see who put the pressure to have sex and why because they could potentially be a bad influence.

    And relax. I can’t reiterate enough that there is all the time in the world…

  • anya

    “i thinki would be so much more happier if i had sex soon with someone in my town”

    Sounds too much like the overweight who want to lose 15 lbs solely to attract that lucky guy/girl. Sorry to ruin preconceptions of sex but it won’t cure depression, it won’t fix relationships, it won’t provide miracles (no mention of “The miracle of Life” please…I’ve tried to erase that bit of sex ed from my memory).

    Ok, no therapy…yet. Things I can think of that may be good… try a sport/join a league, volunteer work, learn a new trade/job, create a bucket list (a to-do list of adventures) with definite deadlines (a couple short term deadlines. For example, I am going on a 6 mile kayaking trip for my birthday…which is in a month but it’s not warm enough until April so I’m postponing celebrations but at least there’s a definite short term goal. Did I mention that I’ve never gone kayaking before? :-) these’ll be some interesting memories…). Since I’ve only seen one major hang up, your possibilities for distraction are limitless.

  • Mark

    I’m not insulting the list, it’s great – to the point and right – but I do doubt that the author has ever been depressed. These things are right, but the way they were written, they’re mocking me. I know that this is the way to beat depression, because I have before, but it’s so hard. It’s not so easy to just get active when you are depressed, it’s actually almost impossible for some of the other people I know who suffer from the disorder.

    There is one way that I find helps me cope with depression, music. I play guitar – writing a lot of original pieces – and listen to a lot of metal in particular when I’m feeling under the weather. Not to say that these things won’t work for other people, but I am constantly active – playing sport at quite competitive levels – and it doesn’t help me feel better at all really.

    For people who do suffer from depression take what you can from this list, but don’t think of it as scripture. Look outside the square for something to help you if none of these do. I can tell you what three things definitely aren’t the answer – drugs, alcohol and suicide. I won’t lie, I’ve considered suicide, quite a lot, but it’s not an answer. For everyone that knows you it’s just another problem, so don’t.

    Good luck to all of you using this list as genuine advice, hope you keep your head above the water.

  • XxChildofBodomxX

    Mark-I’m the exact same way. Playing guitar (particularly metal) keeps me sane when I’m down.
    Also, regarding the list-these things may help some people, but depression is a disorder and needs to be recognized as such. I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression a few months ago and though things such as guitar help, they are not a cure. the only thing that has truly made me feel better is medication (Buprion to be exact).

  • Mark

    118. XxChildofBodomxX : Whan I took meds I couldn’t play my guitar, just can’t do it…

  • Mark

    Check it out :

    http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/

    For anyone who reads this list for reasons other than pure interest, that page could save your life. Number 3 has saved my life numerous times since first stumbling across this wonderful resource.

    Of course I don’t pay much attention to #5 – which is probably a mistake :) – but there are many other pages on that website. I implore anyone feeling more than just a bit down to check it out.

  • doctor

    yes,i think most patient can be help in such way.the healthy one should be kind and attentive to the ill.

  • tjty

    ii suffer from bad depression and thse dont help me

  • Jasmin

    The list to me seems like a whole lot of denial, its like saying “pull your socks up and get over it buddy”…this is hardly a supportive attitude. It is ok for a sufferer to recieve sympathy, this can touch them as a form of support. I think its ok for a sufferer to go into their experience of depression, feel their emotions, express them and move through them… and its so important for them to know that they are allowed to go there and that they have support when they do. The reality is most people with depression have the the interests, a social life, the ability to minimize their problems and all the other points during the times they are not experiencing depression… and then when depression washes over it can be physically and mentally disabling…beyond ones control to create thoughts and actions to pull them out of it. I have other suggestions…. foods which increase seratonin production, increase chromium intake, omega3’s… ask for support… dont be scared of “burdening” others, talk about what your going through, see a counseller, look into natural therapies..homeopathy is wonderful, be in the sunlight and environments where there are lots of people…even if its just wandering around a shopping centre for a couple of hours.

  • rufus

    this list is ok but it forgets about one thing, when you are depressed you cant do alot of whats on the list, you cant excercise or get active, and you dont want to spend time with other people, that is the whole thing with depression, you want to get better, but it is so hard you cant find the motivation to try

  • Adelaide

    This list is downright offensive. I’m sorry to be getting heated, but seriously? Tell your friends to ignore you when you are acting depressed or “complaining”? People with clinical depression need support systems and people to listen to how they’re feeling so they don’t feel alone. I have been diagnosed with clinical depression and my number one problem is that I withdraw from people when I am depressed, making it even worse. I went six years undiagnosed and practically suicidal (or, at least, thinking of it, if not acting on it) because I refused to talk to anyone about it. It’s not “complaining.” And plenty of depressed people have activities they enjoy, but they lost interest in those things that they DID enjoy. Do you think depression is something people can just talk themselves out of? Change this list to “how to get out of a bad mood” or something, because right now, it’s not only incredibly ignorant, it’s freaking offensive.

  • Tina

    Some parts of this blog entry may make depressed people think it’s all in their heads or that it’s they’re fault because they don’t see the world “as it is”.
    Some depression cases are sort of “chosen” by the “victim”, that’s right. But in many many many other cases it has a real trigger in childhood.
    I have a physical anomaly and grew up with depression stages. My depression started when people started pointing me out for my physical failures. They would say mean things to me and i suffered bullying at school. The situation went on an on through highschool.
    Most psychologists would tell me that I was faking the others’ look and opinion about me. But my family (who used to point my physical defects to me as well) took me to another psychiatrist when they started witnessing how harsh people was at me.
    I found only one psychologist who actually cared about my state of mind and who realised that I was in a living-hell because of the rest of society.
    I don’t know whay it is so hard for “proffessionals” to realise that depression might hit perfectly normal and optimistic people who are just surrounded by a whole society mess and rejection.
    It always has to be the depressed’s fault

    The best tip I can give for depression is that if you can’t seem to live a normal daily life routine you need to find people who support you and care about you, and most of all… who are WILLING to listen to you and your problems. Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting it all out, and finding out that the people around you really love you and they cheer you up and just move on living depression aside, one step at a time. Some other times the matter is worse and you really need professional help to sort things out.

    Remember, we’re social beings, we need the acceptance of others. Usually when that fails, depression strikes. Lots of cases are triggered by the sole failure of the social relationship system around you.
    Also, let’s not make it a general topic. There are different types of depression, and different stages, that range from a mild “bad mood” state, to severe life-challenging ones.

  • kev

    Tina, you are a star in my eyes.I agree with everything you say, you do need loved ones to support you.
    I have found that from home and work i am not getting any support and are constantly put down even though i feel i am doing a good to sometimes great job/chore.
    It does make you feel depressed when you have achieved something (no matter how menial/big it may be)your feeling of being so positive can then be so cruelly taken away by colleagues and loved ones.

  • ii0000

    i think the list is very good like stop self pitying an to get up get out of bed and stop liking the attention from others for your nonsense as you should look at the other things that are lacking in your life to want the wrong attention from lovers parents etc.i think the real start to beating depression in my case is to start to love myself lose guilt from past situations and stop worrying about what people are thinking about me because if they are judgemental of you they must av problems themselves.i also hold onto things for days an days an very rarely go out throo depression but recently it has been changing bcus of me starting to like myself again an true therapy is learning to forgive yourself for mistakes as i am trying to do right now.as the excessive spendn thats what i av done an now tryn to recover from it with positivity but with a great fight from the dark side.also regardn prescribed tablets they are not good at all for 4 yrs i av ad agrophobia depression and anxiety attacks they do not work it is to do with loving an healing yourself naturally 1 day at a time knowing things dont happen overnight an keep fully strong an to a schedule but no to the point of boredom gl all did like 10 answers tho keep up the good work ,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • porkido

    I do enjoy this site, but jeez this list is indicative of a half-assed way of looking at the world…HEY MORBIDLY OBESE PEOPLE! STOP EATING! HEY BLIND PEOPLE! START SEEING! Really. Do you know any clinically depressed people? I know some dead ones. Friends. If only they had just looked on the bright side of life…

  • Mark

    129. porkido : Yeah, you’re right. Next time someone writes a list on helping with depression I know exactly what should be included –

    1. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    2. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    3. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    4. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    5. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    6. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    7. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    8. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    9. You’re fucked, kill yourself
    10. You’re fucked, kill yourself

    Seriously, what’s with people and ragging on this list. I think it’s a perfectly acceptable and respectable guide.

  • porkido

    mark: what a king-sized douchebag you are. I hope you get testicular cancer.

  • Mark

    131. porkido : *I’m* the douchebag? You’re the one who claims that he’s (she’s?) lost friends to suicide precipitated from depression, yet you call a list trying to prevent that stupid?

    Nice

  • porkido

    Yes, Mark, you are a douchebag. You fucking douchebag.

  • Mark

    133. porkido : Well, that answered my question.

    Later, troll.

  • porkido

    In fact, I spent this very afternoon with a friend who’s been institutionalized a couple of times. She’s desperate to figure out how to escape the ‘moods’ that often leave her paralyzed in bed, staring at the wall for days, hopeless. She’s tried everything, from diet changes and rigorous exercise to powerful psychotropic drugs…without relief. When someone suggests that she should just adopt a positive attitude and everything will be peachy, I call that bullshit.

  • porkido

    And I call you a douchebag for your mean-spirited comments. You are cruel and hateful.

  • Mark

    135. porkido : I myself have been depressed so you can shove the self-righteous attitude.

    136. porkido : You don’t know the first thing about me, don’t push it.

  • porkido

    mark: your above comments demonstrate that you don’t know shit about the subject. So please just disappear.

  • porkido

    mark: are you the person who wrote this: “These things are right, but the way they were written, they’re mocking me.”

    ?

  • Depressed

    Emancipate yourself from mental slavery – none but ourselves can free our minds….deep.

  • Jason S.

    yeah thats a Bob Marley quote

  • Alex

    Wow, how a simple list that can help many people becomes such flame bait. Yes I can see the world from the perspective the truly depressed see, one of despair and misery without hope. But even though this dread filled world of depression may seem impossible to battle, it is possible. I’m sure that this list may seem like bad advice to many and that it may be. But as with everything in this world, take what you want from it and leave the rest. Yes chemicals seem like the only fix for a truly unbalanced state of mind but remember the simple biochemistry principle, “if you supply it externally your body will stop making it”. SSRI and other depression aids work by tricking the body into not re uptaking serotonin and other brain chemicals. With the higher levels of serotonin supplementation the brain slows down on it own production and therefore if you ever get off the drug you are more likely to be in a worse state than when you started(Bet they didn’t tell you that before they gave you that wonder pill to fix everything). The drugs can be a great crutch for those to get their life on track using a pulse therapy approach, AKA only use the drugs as long as you have to to get back on a Positive approach to life, like this list. I feel if more people used the cogitative life alteration that this list tries to convey the result would be greater than just drugs alone. And to the naysayers who will try to sh”t on everything I say, TRY IT BEFORE YOU DENY IT.

    Good Luck to those who TRY.

  • Mahee

    these are really true words. i was completely depressed before reading this page but now i have confidence that i can come out soon ……… thanks to one and all

  • seeker

    Nice list, only, eating healthily, is very important when it comes to overcoming depression.! Simply eating what you like (i.e. fast food, sugary foods) is likely to keep you in the blues… Eating a balanced diet is a MUST

  • BlueButterflies

    I find this list to be rather funny. Anyone suffering from clinical depression knows that on most days you are lucky if you can take a shower. This list is more for people who are sad or in a rut and not suffering a mental illness. If people could easily do all the things on this list and it cured depression, I think they would. The fact of the matter is that depression is a mental illness that cannot be cured. It can be treated.

  • Hi, just today found this blog but I have to say that it looks great. I totally agree with your post. Have a nice day, keep up the nice work and I’ll definitely keep reading.

  • Jim

    High quality, high dose (1800mg daily) omega 3 helps a lot. Positive thinking takes daily practice to see and keep results (just like physical exercise.) You need to be reading or listening to self help teachers daily (Jim Rohn, Zig Ziegler, etc.) to build your mental muscle.

  • Jonnyboy

    This is a great list, I’ll keep these things in mind if I ever find myself in a ‘low mood’ :D

  • katiegrace1027

    this list is bullshit. sorry but I have depression. I am, and have always been, physically active. I always keep busy. My friend say I’m a ray of sunshine, and I genuinely try to keep positive. I have real depression,i’m not just sad. I have tried everything for years, the only think that has helped is medication. And even that screwed with me. One even came very close to killing me as i found out I am severely allergic to it. so maybe if you are sad, and need an attitude adjustment this will help.

  • katiegrace1027

    @Alex: i disagree, my outlook on life has always been really positive, this list helps sad people, not people with a real chemical imbalance

  • hbwb

    I have to agree I actually found this list insulting, do they not realise that when your depressed you try all these things to stop it and if I could I would. My ‘Lack of Instrests’ is beause of my depression not the other way around. I used to do loads of things, but now I cant face any of them. This list is very unhelpful!

  • hbwb

    I have to agree I actually found this list insulting, do they not realise that when your depressed you try all these things to stop it and if I could I would. My ‘Lack of Instrests’ is beause of my depression not the other way around. I used to do loads of things, but now I cant face any of them. This list is very [email protected]katiegrace1027 [149]:

  • DOOM

    Well I’m Definitly Low Mooded, This Was Pretty Helpful still hard as Hell But Helps

  • casey

    this list would make me even more depressed, my mind panics when im around other people. I'm not myself anymore. I wish people would care, and i wish i could believe in God again. i complain alot and start fights in my family, i dont get involved in my highschool, i feel paranoid in school that someones out to get me, I hate who i am, I dont know who i am anymore, all i need is for someone to understand. And im only fifteen! The reasons for all of this are simple, but private, and the whole planet would hate me. again. i wish god was real, but somehow, i know that he isnt. but we all cant get what we want. I live in a stupid shell.

  • Ryan

    This list seems overwhelming. These are more lifestyle changes than tips.

    I agree with many of the comments posted, that this list is more about 'lifestyle habits that engender healthy thinking' than 'ways to break out of or beat clinical depression'. As a person who manages a mental illness, I do find that the mentioned tips keep me as well as possible. However, cracks appear in the behaviours and depression does eventually erode my ability to practice them. At these points, I do fall back on pills and hospitals.

    I think that if someone who is in the grip of their illness reads this article, they will (rightfully) take offense to its tone. It comes across as preaching to the choir. In this case, the choir is people who have the blues, or people suffering from depression who have undergone Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and are managing.

    If you are currently feeling depressed and have come to this post and are feeling as though you want to cry out for help, I suggest searching online for a Mood Disorders or Mental Health Association near you and contacting them. If you are not yet a mental health consumer, try to secure and accept their help, but do evaluate what they have to say to you (preferably with a third party if you are not of sound mind). These organizations usually do genuinely want to help, but are occasionally off mark when working toward your wellness.

    Again, these are tips for people feeling the 'blahs' or for mental health consumers who already have a handle on their conditions and need some reminding to keep them honest in their pursuit of wellness. These are not tips for someone in a mental health crisis (nor do they outright claim to be – though the first sentence might suggest otherwise).

  • Jimi Durso

    I’d also suggest meditation. That doesn’t mean you have to sit in a lotus for hours (unless you want to). There are simple ways of making developing awareness part of your life. As someone who suffered from severe clinical depression and conquered it, I know it had a huge impact on me.
    http://www.IConquerDepression.com

  • Danny

    Depression as an illness, not a feeling, has to be treated by a professional. But, often these things (as above mentioned list) are crucial in aiding the treatment of depression.

  • Anita_Rocks

    So, I guess this list doesn’t account for people who suffer from chemical inbalances in the brain. like seritonin levels that effect mood. There is a science behind depression tha doesn’t ‘allow’ them to think positive, stay active..etc. This list is insulting to true depression sufferers. I am blessed not to suffer from depression but I know people who struggle. It’s like telling people to feel better and their diabetes will go away.

  • ASFA

    While these things can all HELP depression, none can FIX it. I think you may be confused about long-term depression and just feeling down.

  • lol “keep positive” – Brady Bunch family

  • Crisco

    I love this site but this list is terrible, it seems to confuse depression with ‘Feeling miserable’ which is not the same. Not much is known about depression apart from the fact that these things tend not to work. No-one who has faced/is facing depression would think that this is a decent way to deal with it.

  • I take offense to your comment that medication “continually cripples a depressed person’s already depleted will….” If this is your experience, then please state that and keep your comments limited to that. Saying in a general sweeping statement that says medication is crippling to everyone is not only unfair, but totally incorrect. And you can’t possibly know everyone’s experience, as you can’t know every person on earth who has tried meds.

    I believe the point you are trying to make is that the life style changes like those indicated in the list helped you to regain your health. That’s great for you, and good advice.

    I agree with most of what you said. Just remember, everyone’s different, and your experience can’t be copied onto everyone.

    • Sorry… this wasn’t supposed to be a reply to Crisco. I was responding to a different post. I clicked the “reply” link but I guess it didn’t work or I don’t know what I’m doing — I’m new here and probably should have learned more about the site instead of jumping in so quickly.

      So just ignore this comment. Thanks!

  • I’ve had depression for at least a few years now and I don’t know whether you would classify it as clinical depression or not since I’ve never sought professional help. Certainly mine isn’t as bad as some of the posters here or many others that suffer from depression but it was still very scary at times. Small things such as dietary change and exercise did help me a lot but it can be frustrating when other people don’t understand how it consumes your life and you can’t just snap out of it and be happy, it takes lots of work. I wrote about my own experiences here and what has worked for me :http://conquerweshall.com/how-to-beat-depression-without-medication/

    Certainly if you need help go and get it thankfully my own experiences haven’t been a constant state of hell but something that I could pull myself out from. Good luck everyone.

  • Iain Mars

    Brilliant list. Keeping an active lifestyle is a great way of keeping a healthy mind. I made my own little list here http://www.squidoo.com/coping-resources-for-depression. Thanks

  • Iain-

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been suffering with depression for over 7 years now and although I’m out of the woods I still have my “black dog” days. I wrote an article to help people who may be in a similar situation. You can find this article here http://www.squidoo.com/coping-resources-for-depression

    Thanks

  • Name

    To be completely honest, isolating a person with an illness leads to suicide. It sounds more to me like someone that would do this clearly feels the infected person is a burden and should probably seek help themselves to deal with an old fashioned case of self-absorbed. Most people with depression are actually quite compassionate and will give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. They know their disease is difficult to deal with and they usually overcompensate with kind acts to “atone” for something they really can’t control.

  • Hu99

    Fuck you and your positive bullshit! Do you have any idea what it’s like to be depressed? I doubt it based on your simplistic approach to the problem.

  • One of the most important factors to take into consideration when working out your coping resources for depression is addressing the actual issues that you have in your life.

    These personal issues will be ongoing unless they’re dealt with head on. Once these issues have been dealt with, you can move on with your life and start repairing your mind.

  • Rose

    Awesome list. Thanks!

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  • Zerotolerance

    So, depression is all about thinking negatively, overeating and not exercising. I’ll just stop all that then shall I? Fine. Oh – gee – I’m cured! So thankful to you. If only I’d known all this sooner I wouldn’t have suffered from major depression for over thirty years. Silly old me, eh?

  • sujoy

    thanks…

  • Valentyn

    thanks … really useful