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    What has helped me with my depression
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    Birdergal posted:
    I have always struggled with depression. After trying meds and therapy I have to say that I have finally found something that helps. This something is called-find a passion in life. My passion now (for three years) is birding and photographing birds and painting birds (watercolors). Birding naturally leads one to the outdoors and fresh air and honestly, I have not met any mean birders. What a wonderful, if slightly eccentric, group. Birding now leads me all over the US as well as across oceans and I have made wonderful pals this way.

    Yes, the dark hole still finds me now and then but getting outside myself has helped. Good luck.
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    rohvannyn responded:
    That's awesome, Birdergal! It's the same for me. If I can get engaged in something that interests me, my depression disappears. Surrounding yourself with positive people and activities, as you have, really helps.
     
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    bridgetoneil replied to rohvannyn's response:
    Hey Vanny-pooh,
    You really sound like your starting to feel like a happy person:)

    I used to love to plant flowers, repaint & decorate my outside pottery, etc. I loved to do that kind of stuff.Can't wait to be myself again. I'm going to a therapist Friday to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My p/doc told me it can change your life. I'm kinda nervous about it. Have you ever tried CBT?
     
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    rohvannyn replied to bridgetoneil's response:
    Not per se, just home done therapy using some of the same concepts CBT is supposed to cover. I am indeed feeling good. Part of that is learning coping strategies, part of it is due to outside influences.
     
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    susiemargaret replied to bridgetoneil's response:
    hello, B --

    how was your therapy session?

    -- susie margaret
    what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
     
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    jim531 responded:
    That is a great tip. You found a passion and it helps even more that its an outdoor passion. The more sunlight you can get, the more serotonin (brain chemical) will be released and the better you will feel. Indoor people with depression need to get as much sunlight coming through the windows as possible and use an indoor therapy light.
     
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    daynas1234 responded:
    I think in addition no matter how hard it is, to your talk therapy and meds you must find something that interest you. And in the black hole of depression this is hard. I have yet to find really anything that interests me. So congrats to you
     
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    An_262382 replied to daynas1234's response:
    finding things to be passionate about is the biggest help. I can not take antidepressants, so that is what I do


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