prey1234 wrote:How did you get over it? did you go on AD's?? Or did it just start to lift on its own? I still do everything I used to like going out and stuff I just get no enjoyment out of it.
I am not sure how exactly I got over it.
I did do a lot of things simultaneously. I took ADs (multiple meds, some at high/very high doses). I also changed to a more healthy diet: I reduced my coffee consumption, I now eat breakfast, and I eat/drink less sugar. I am also taking various vitamin supplements. Also, I am trying to sleep more. During the day, I sometimes practise relaxation.
On the mental side, I did a CBT course on the internet and I am constantly adjusting the way I think. I am also going to therapy and was lucky enough to get a good therapist. She helped me reorganize my life, which reduced the stress I was under immensely.
I also decided to pursue a different career (I am now going for a job in teaching, rather than a job in banking). I can actually see myself as a teacher, I know I will be good at it and I will like the job. On the other hand the thought of becoming trapped in a huge financial corporation paralyzed me.
Also, I am in contact with others much more. I am regularly playing poker with friends, and I'm going to a chess club regularly. I will look for a girlfriend, soon. At first I had to force myself to do these things, but now I am beginning to enjoy social contact. In order to make all this possible, I had to throw my PC away, gaming was taking up far too much time.
I should note I am still on ADs, but all symptoms of depression are gone. I don't know if the depression would return if I would stop with ADs. I will find out sometime next year. However, there have been serious changes in my life outside of ADs, so I will be much better prepared if a low hits me.
I should also note that it took about half a year for the depression to lift, so it wasn't really an easy ride. Anyway, I don't think there was just one thing that caused the depression to go away, I think multiple things were responsible for it.