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How can I deal with depression without medication?


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Hello Mayella,


Welcome to community and well done for talking to someone about your mental health.


Already, you’ve taken the first step by asking for help. A lot of the time we wish there was a magic wand that we could wave to just make it go away, but unfortunately we can’t. I think, especially when you are young it is better, of you are able to to manage your mental health without medication so it's really great you are exploring other alternatives.


How does your depression present, how do you feel right now? Here are some tips that can help with dealing with your depression - they may not all be right for you but some might help. I know when I have really suffered with my mental health one thing I tend to do is to shut myself away from the world and turn my phone off. So I would suggest even if it's just one person, online or IRL it's so helpful to know that there is someone else in the world that knows that you are going through a difficult time.

  • Write down all the things that are troubling you and then go through each individual point and see if there are any ways in which you could improve that situation
  • Try to get more sleep
  • Exercise – this releases natural chemicals in the body which lift your mood
  • Talk about your problems – confide in someone you trust or seek counselling - we are always here for you but sometimes it helps to find other people in your life that you can tell how you feel to. A parent, friend or teacher.
  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation
  • Set yourself small, manageable tasks which are easier to cope with
  • If you feel ashamed, exhausted, guilty, neglectful, worthless – remind yourself that this is the depression ‘talking’
  • You are not a burden. Your loved ones care about you and will want to help
  • You cannot just ‘snap out of it’ – it takes help, support and time
  • Ask a trusted friend or relative to check in with you regularly
  • Allow yourself not to be ‘perfect’ – many people with depression or anxiety set themselves extremely high standards and feel bad if they fail to meet the
  • Remind yourself of all the things you do well – don’t over-focus on something that does not go to plan

I hope some of these coping strategies can help you - the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and this will pass.



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I know this is an older post, but I can across it and related completely. I love the advice you gave and will definitely use it. I was talking to a friend and he was helping me, but as you know, he kind of left me. My depression has gotten better since I've started suffering from it. I still get really down at times, but it's not as bad as it was. I dont like talking to a therapist, but with my friend gone I haven't been able to talk to anyone. I just feel like I want to break down and cry and the most random times. I'm dealing with it though

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