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Old 12-30-09, 06:35 AM   #21
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What helps me the most is my boyfriend. I love him so much it hurts. He's gotten me through the best of time and the worst of times; and I love him so much for it. He's literally a godsend, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
What helps me the most is my girlfriend. I love her so much it hurts. She's gotten me through the best of time and the worst of times; and I love her so much for it. She's literally a godsend, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Stand up comedy helps too. So does metal (music) and watching horror movies. Video games help from time to time as well. If it's late in the evening, going to bed early is a great way to deal with it, too.
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Old 01-07-10, 02:51 AM   #22
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It may sound weird but listening to depressing music helps me, I don't know i guess it makes me feel not so crazy. It is really depressing though when the artist of the depressing music that you find yourself relating with kills himself in such a brutal way like Elliott Smith. It kind of makes think what chance do I have when a artist with money fans and a loving wife kills himself.
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Prayer - Self explanatory.

College - Private, not a community college. In my experience community colleges majorly increase my anxiety so I enrolled in a private one (like Heald, ITT Tech, etc.). My first semester in college and am enrolled in a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration (BSc. BA) program. Can't afford to go am going anyways. I figured that all I had to lose was my suicidal tendencies so I took a loan.

Hiking - The first time I hiked the mountain here it took me two hours to get to the top, and I felt like I was dying on my way up. Many other hikers asked me if I needed help on that day, I said "no I'll be okay," took many breaks but finally made it to the peak. Within a month I could hike up to the peak in one hour instead of two. There is nothing quite like it, looking down on the rat maze below from a bird's eye view. Such a feeling of accomplishment it's indescribable. It's been three months of regular hiking since then and I can now hike for twenty miles in one day (mountain miles). The high is unbeatable, and the moments of quiet contemplation in the solitude of nature provide much-needed thinking time for you.

Music - All genres. If prozac were music it would be Lemon Jelly (Lemonjelly.ky and Lost Horizons being their best albums). Zero 7 - Simple Things is an album that will get people through. Moby - 18 is a depressing album with a very uplifting ending. Daniel Lanois - Acadie is a beautiful rock album. Staind - 14 Shades of Grey is a good rock album which pulled me through some hard ones. Never underestimate the power of classical music, Saint-Saen's Piano Concertos, Debussy Dreams, Beethoven's 7th and 9th Symphonies, Bach's Goldberg Variations (played by Glenn Gould), Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto (played by David Helfgott), Mozart's Requiem, the list goes on and on.

Books - Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, the Art of Living by Epictetus, Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda by Joe Alexander, the Importance of Living by Lin Yutang, Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda, Healing Grief by James Van Praagh, the Culture of Critique by Kevin MacDonald, Meister Eckhart by Raymond Blakney, My Descent Into Death by Howard Storm, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, On Love and Loneliness by Jiddu Krishnamurti, Psychonavigation by John Perkins, the Shaman's Body by Arnold Mindell, Shamanic Voices by Joan Halifax, Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh, Turning Toward the Mystery by Stephen Levine, Who Dies? by Stephen Levine, Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Shapeshifting by John Perkins, Saved by the Light by Dannion Brinkley, the Holy Bible.

Supplements - 50 mg of 5-htp at night one hour before bed (100 mg at night for a stronger dose), Rhodiola Rosea (RhodaX or Eclectic Institute brands) in the morning for a healthy boost to go strong all day (I only take RR once or twice a week though), Vitamin C.

Games - Chess, the King of Games. This game is great because it keeps the mind occupied and helps to develop both the left and right sides of the brain (as chess is both logical and artistic). Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer, and The Chess Artist by J.C. Hallman, are two good books that introduce a person to the game well.

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It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, the Bells of Saint Mary's, Shawshank Redemption, Joe Dirt, Hearts in Atlantis, Vanilla Sky, Naqoyqatsi, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Passion of the Christ, the Motorcycle Diaries, Million Dollar Baby, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Into the Wild, Terrorstorm, the Painted Veil, Endgame, the Money Masters, Gran Torino, and Rothschild's Choice, to name a few.

Meeting People - Dunno about this one, I've never been very good at it but I've heard that it still exists today and works for some.


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Changing my diet and exercise routines really helped me. I was really mind 'strong' on overcoming my situation and it took work but I feel free like never before.

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For me it's meaning and purpose. Whether it's giving a friend a lift, babysitting, helping the old lady down the road and realising that other people have much more on their plate than I do.

Spending time with friends and talking. I love to talk about the meanings of life and explore other people's thoughts and opinions.

Being grateful for what I DO have, which is much more than some.

Feeling warm and cosy in bed watching a feel good movie.

Music - although I have to be careful with this as it provokes such a reaction within me. If I'm feeling low I try to put on upbeat and happy music rather than sad.
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playing video games or fantasizing to escape from reality, cutting down on the masturbation, excessive masturbation really does cause depression, I know from experience
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In my experience I'd have to say keeping busy is important despite lack of motivation as it's harder to think about things too much and worry when you're distracted and concentrating elsewhere, which is why I feel the worst when I'm alone and bored. I've quite recently taken up photography as a hobby and I love it, and the exercise from going out for a walk with my camera makes me feel better too. Spending time with my friends helps especially as they're great at making me laugh. I also like making myself some nice food and curling up with my fave DVDs, or doing a bit of self-pampering like treating myself to some new clothes, doing my nails or getting my hair done. Generally, helping other people tends to give me a bit of a warm glow but sometimes I just can't deal with it.

Above all I find just trying to take one day at a time, focussing on good things, however small, and taking pride in the slightest achievements as you slowly overcome each challenge are the best help.
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doing things for just 15 minutes at time, whether I feel like it or not

letting all my phone calls go to message bank so I only have to talk to people when I feel I can cope

walking

keeping busy

learning CBT so I can recognise when my thinking is really bad and not act on it

Accepting my past. it's not my fault what happened to me, but it's my responsibility to manage it. (I will not join my abusers and cause harm to myself. I will not let them continue to harm me.)

going to the movies, helps me get out of my head

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some art... some reading, just learning something new. writing a diary, then realising it's all wrong and destroying it at a later stage. can be liberating actually. smoking. strange but i think it helps with not feeling or thinking too much when the mood comes and i sink. some meditation helps too. deep breathing.
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Music mainly, and some oldschool games distractiiooooon I havent told anyone about my depression and dont plan to anytime soon so getting it off my mind does the trick like nooooooooow i be on a high (not high)
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