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    What shortnsweet said: exercise.

    I have mild, "controllable" depression that comes periodically. The counsellings therapist I talked to recommend exercising at least 3 times a week. Something like a brisk walk for 15-20 min per session suffice. Exercise stimulates serotonin release. Exactly the same as what those antidepressive drugs do.

    Another thing that might help is just finding somebody you can talk to about anything and everything. It feels better once you let it out.

    Oh and try to smile and laugh often. Even if you don't feel like it... fake it. The subconscious mind takes cues from body movements.

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    Thanks for your advice.

    The good news is that this weekend has been a fun one for me because I actually got to spend time with my college friends- something I don't get to do so often. The problem is that everyone is so damn busy in college! I probably will only get to say goodbye to a good portion of my friends via text message..

    I'm seeing a counselor tomorrow and have an appointment with a psychiatrist two weeks from now. I'll listen to what they have to say.

    Tonight will probably be a lonely night for me though.

    Thankfully, I'm going home for Thanksgiving break which will be nice,
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    - get a good physical examination to rule out underlying physiological deficits
    - if prescribed medication, take it as directed. Don't play with "I feel ok today so I'll skip it"
    - Try journaling to see if you can detect a pattern to your lowest times/days. See if there is a trigger
    - Be open and honest with the therapist you choose. They are there to help you, not to judge you.
    Good luck. I hope you find sushine in your days soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo View Post
    Thanks for your advice.

    The good news is that this weekend has been a fun one for me because I actually got to spend time with my college friends- something I don't get to do so often. The problem is that everyone is so damn busy in college! I probably will only get to say goodbye to a good portion of my friends via text message..

    I'm seeing a counselor tomorrow and have an appointment with a psychiatrist two weeks from now. I'll listen to what they have to say.

    Tonight will probably be a lonely night for me though.

    Thankfully, I'm going home for Thanksgiving break which will be nice,

    I'm glad being around your friends helped a bit! good luck at the docs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Typology View Post
    ILike it's been said, exercise is a great way to focus your mind on one thing, and just block everything else out. It also tends to help people feel better about themselves. You could also read a book, join a club, meet friends with similar mindsets, whatever. You just have to get out of your mind.

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    I think that this is really good advice - i found that a cognitive behavioural approach really worked for me because it makes you look at the unhealthy thinking and behaviour patterns that are part of the reason you have become depressed in the first place - and gets you to do things - homework - which teach you healthier approaches.

    Also being kind to yourself (I know that's really hard to do!) treating yourself as a really good friend would treat you - not pushing yourself too hard, taking each day as it comes and realising you are not on your own!

    Reading helped me - hope you don't mind me suggesting a couple of books

    Dorothy Rowe. Depression - finding a way out of your prison. she is amazing!
    Chris Williams. Change the way you feel by changing the way you think.
    And one on happiness - Chris Haidt The Happiness Hypothesis - I lent this to an enfp friend of mine who has raved about it to everyone!
    take care - I know its not a nice place to be but it does pass
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    Quote Originally Posted by bronte View Post
    I think that this is really good advice - i found that a cognitive behavioural approach really worked for me because it makes you look at the unhealthy thinking and behaviour patterns that are part of the reason you have become depressed in the first place - and gets you to do things - homework - which teach you healthier approaches.

    Also being kind to yourself (I know that's really hard to do!) treating yourself as a really good friend would treat you - not pushing yourself too hard, taking each day as it comes and realising you are not on your own!

    Reading helped me - hope you don't mind me suggesting a couple of books

    Dorothy Rowe. Depression - finding a way out of your prison. she is amazing!
    Chris Williams. Change the way you feel by changing the way you think.
    And one on happiness - Chris Haidt The Happiness Hypothesis - I lent this to an enfp friend of mine who has raved about it to everyone!
    take care - I know its not a nice place to be but it does pass
    I agree with everything you said, just feel that sometimes it is neccessary to be hard on yourself, its painful, but it has to be done to progress, it depends really I guess on what one is trying to achieve. Definantly being hard on yourself all the time is bad, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siegfried View Post
    I agree with everthing you said, just feel that sometimes it is neccessary to be hard on yourself, its painful, but it has to be done to progress, it depends really I guess on what one is trying to achieve. Definantly being hard on yourself all the time is bad, though.
    I think I know what you mean - sometimes you have to be brutally honest with yourself and this can hurt alot - and yes you have to push yourself to do things like get out of bed and eat properly and pick up the phone etc when it would be easier to lie in bed with the duvet over your head. Having a good friend and /or therapist to do this work with is the best way.
    What I mean about being good to yourself is not expecting too much from yourself - I think when people are depressed they tend to use alot of 'shoulds' about themselves.

    A simple example - last night I'd promised a friend I'd pop round to help her with something - but then I had a really shitty day at work and a near miss in the car caused by some idiot on the way home - i rang my friend and told her about it and rearranged for next week. In a depressed state I would have said to myself - i must go - i promised - i should keep my promises - rot like that! dont know if thats a good example but I mean I suppose being kind to yourself like a friend would be - a friend would say 'its ok - no problem - youre tired'
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    I understand, when you are depressed, over self criticism can prove counter productive, paralysing, there has to be a good balance.

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    For some reason, I think it's college that is making me feel depressed.
    I was home for four weeks and felt great!
    Now I'm back at Duke and feel like shit again..
    I was in such an upbeat mood a week ago that I even told my therapist that I didn't need any more sessions and it must have been a temporary slump.
    I don't know. I just really feel like I don't really fit in anywhere at college. Most of my friends are more assertive and (ironically) more introverted than I am.
    This makes me for assertive and intimate one-on-one conversations, which I can't get involved in for shit.
    I am an absolute loser. I may like being social but I have no social skills.
    At this point, I feel I should just get my math degree at Duke and live the rest of my life as a fucking hermit. Nobody would miss me.
    Or at least completely distance myself from my college life and not isolate myself from my friends and family back home- they might miss me if I disappeared. I know I would miss them..
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    maybe youre just bored & lazy like me
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