How to Deal with Depression

How to Deal with Depression

Give that darkness the ol' 1-2

Depression, as the NIMH in a 2012 census states, affects 6.9 percent of the US population, or 15 million people. There are different forms of depression: major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, manic-depressive illness, and other mental illnesses that cause depression. But there is one common thing that comes with depression: it is treatable. Here’s a list of things you can do to help with depression in you or those around you.

1. Exercise

One thing that happens during depression is a lack of energy and purpose. This changes with exercise, as it causes the release of hormones that are good for your brain and can actually give you energy. I'm not saying tobecome a bodybuilder and focus your entire life on it, un less you want to. I'm only saying to at least do some quick exercises to release some dopamine and feel good about yourself.

2. Make a Schedule

Another big thing when it comes to depression is the dread of events, purpose, and wasting time. In order to counteract this, make a schedule. Focus on what you are going to do and what’s happening next within a short span of time, rather than dreading an entire day.

3. Find a Hobby

This goes along with making a schedule. Sometimes, having something to look forward to can get you through a bad day. These hobbies can be anything, such as going for a jog, reading a book, playing a game, watching a movie, and so on.

4. Diet

Having a healthy diet is a key way to help with many mental illnesses, mainly depression. Just think, your brain gets nutrients from what you eat, so a heathy diet will create a healthy brain.

5. Counseling

While it has gotten better in recent years, there is still a negative stigma for people who go to counseling. However, it can be very beneficial to your mental health and, on college campuses, it comes free with tuition. At best, it allows you to delve into your problems and figure out deep rooted problems that may be causing what your experiencing. At worst, it gives you a non-judgmental person to talk to. Which leads me to my next point:

6. Telling Friends and Family

One of the things I have done to make it easier on friends and family is to be open with them about depression. Telling people about it and how you experience it puts a face to depression, which can help a person either sympathize or at least try to be more understanding. What’s better, to text you friends a lie that your busy and cannot hang out, or saying “hey, I’m just really not having that best day today. Raincheck?”

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Poetry On Odyssey: Depression Isn't Taken Seriously Until You Commit Suicide

According to society, until you commit suicide, your feelings aren't valid.


"You're only seeking attention." Until you commit suicide.

"You just want everybody to feel sorry for you." Until you commit suicide.

"You're not actually stressed out." Until you commit suicide.

"You don't actually feel that way." Until you commit suicide.

"What do you even have in your life to be depressed about?" Until you commit suicide.

"You're just not trying hard enough to be happy." Until you commit suicide.

"You just like to complain about your problems." Until you commit suicide.

"Depression isn't real." Until you commit suicide.

"Your life can't be that hard." Until you commit suicide.

"You have too many good things in your life to feel that way." Until you commit suicide.

"You're just trying to be negative." Until you commit suicide.

"You're just psycho." Until you commit suicide.

"You don't know what struggling really feels like." Until you commit suicide.

"The world doesn't revolve around you." Until you commit suicide.

"It's not like it's the end of the world." Until you commit suicide.

"You're not actually sad." Until you commit suicide.

No one takes your depression seriously, commit suicide.

If this article hits home, it's okay to speak up. Seek help if you need it, you are not alone.

National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255

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