Reddit Hall of Fame: Depression Remedies

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“Depressed people of reddit, what actually helps you?”

u/Throwaway52596 asks fellow redditors who are struggling with depression what can be done to alleviate the pain, find hope, or cure chronic depression. What follows is nothing short of pure inspiration for those struggling and needing to find some answers to help with their depression. These are some of our favorite responses:

One of the things I do is keep a gratitude journal. Every day I write down something that makes me happy. Some days I can fill pages, other days I have to think really hard to come up with something. It helps to look back and see the smallest things that made me smile on the days I’m lost inside my head. It helps me remember that no matter how bad it seems, there’s always something to be grateful for.
— u/hatchettrydar on Reddit
What works for me is medication and therapy. Mental illnesses can be beaten and you can absolutely be successful and pursue your dreams. I’ve seen people with Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Depression, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders, etc go on to be happy. It takes a lot of work, but it can be done and it absolutely can be worth it. I do my best to attend support groups, keep up with therapy and medication, exercise, eat well, and educate myself about depression.
— @dwade333miami on Reddit
“Depression is not a character flaw”

That’s the sentence that first showed me a new way to approach my depression just over 10 years ago. I still say it to myself when I need it.
— u/danceswithwool on Reddit

u/Blindtip comments, “Being with another Human being, who really cares about you”, to which u/fearful--symmetry responds:

I agree but more specifically, someone who cares about what you have to say. I can’t tell you how many times I felt entrenched in despair and every time I mustered what little motivation I had to compartmentalize and express my emotions to someone, I just received apathy and unsubstantiated clichés like “It will get better soon”. Sometimes, people just need another pair of ears to convey their pain because the constant sound of it rattling inside their heads needs to be released.
— u/fearful--symmetry on Reddit

All of these comments were wonderful responses to the OP. If you are depressed, you are not alone. There are people out there that want to help you and see the value of who you truly are. Hopefully these responses were of some help and if you’re still curious to know how you can help yourself get out of depression or manage the symptoms, check out our articles on Depression: Management & Treatment Options, Myths About Depression, Developing Coping Strategies, Counseling and Therapy, and Crisis Helplines: Oregon and Nationwide.

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