Since “depression doesn’t heal itself” and there is no “cure,” ongoing treatment is essential, says Hanna Simmons, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and therapist in Denver, Colorado. To paraphrase an old adage, “Don’t blame yourself for your mental illness; there are various causes, including trauma, genetic predisposition, the side effects of other health disorders, or even no evident cause at all.”However, you need to put more emphasis on the things that bring you joy and help you advance in life.
The use of medicine or consultation with a psychotherapist is two examples. Adjustments to one’s way of life include things like resting sufficiently, learning to meditate, getting out into nature, and doing regular exercise. (These are some of the reasons why doctors and psychologists recommend walking.)
Something else that can be useful? Depressingly reading quotes on mental illness. Reading depression quotes can help you see that you are not alone in your feelings. the situation could be brightened up with their support.
♦ “People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness.” —Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons
♦ “Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.” —Unknown
♦ “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” —Atticus’s poetry
♦ “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when the food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” ―Andrew Solomon
♦ “In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” ―Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking
♦ “Depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. It’s too much for me.’ You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.” —Jim Carrey
♦ “Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ―Susan Sontag
♦ “The hardest thing about depression is that it is addictive. It begins to feel uncomfortable not to be depressed. You feel guilty for feeling happy.” ―Pete Wentz
♦ “After every Olympics, I think I fell into a major state of depression, and after 2012 that was probably the hardest fall for me. I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore. I didn’t want to be alive anymore. I think people actually finally understand [depression is] real. People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change.” —Michael Phelps
♦ “Whenever someone tells me to ‘Just be happy,’ I want to yell, ‘Oh, hey, depression’s gone! Why didn’t I think of that?’ But usually, I just roll my eyes instead.” —Anonymous
♦ “What they don’t tell you about depression is that sometimes it feels a lot less like sadness and a lot more like the emotional equivalent of watching paint dry.” —Alexis, Tumblr
♦ “Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, and some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.” —Ned Vizzini, author
♦ “Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” —Chuck Palahniuk, writer