“I think that while I hated being depressed…” – Andrew Solomon

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I know this is old, but…

Disclaimer:Depression is different for everyone- yes, there are similar factors, but it’s never the same exact thing in two different people. This is my experience:

I was diagnosed as clinically depressed back in 2005. The first couple of months I was on meds and seeing a psychiatrist, but soon stopped both. I don’t know why. In late 2006/early 2007 I got better. I was “happy”, my life wasn’t great, but it was good. And then it got horrible. There’s a good 5 month period of early 2008 (Feb-August) that I can’t remember. At. All. It’s just a blur. I ended that school year with a .5 GPA.

Then something changed. I don’t know if it was my parents divorcing and my mom getting remarried (Which added two very impressionable step-siblings) or what. But I got better. Through writing, mainly. I got all of my feelings out onto paper. Didn’t matter that the people they were directed to never saw them. It helped that I was cutting all the negative crap out of my life.

Real depression doesn’t just go away. It’s kind of like addiction. Once you’re depressed, you’re always going to be susceptible to it. It’s always going to be there in the shadows waiting to pull you back in. Sometimes, it gets you and you feel like shit. My trick to dealing with it and pushing it into the shadows? Find an outlet. Write. Draw. Do some kind of activity. Do something that you LOVE to do, something that can cheer you up.

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