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I had depression for over 20 years.  I remember as a child and especially as a teen being depressed, feeling like no one loved me, and no one cared.  My parents divorced when I was two, my dad remarried and had his own family, and my mom was disabled and had MS.  I can see now why I might have been depressed.  My mother was also depressed not only from MS but also because my dad had cheated on her.  We were poor.  We were the family that the Salvation Army would bring food to.

Now I am in my 40s and haven’t dealt with serious depression since my late 20s.  And I’m SO SO happy that it’s gone.  I’m not on medication and I’m not seeing a doctor/shrink.  It’s not ONE thing that has helped me, it’s a combination of things that have helped me, which I would like to share with you.

Prayer - I pray daily and start my mornings as often as I can with a devotional.  I usually do this in my car right before I go into work.

Exercise - I have been exercising three days a week and I have to say that this is the best I have ever felt.  It really DOES make a difference.  I especially think it’s important to me because I have such a sedentary lifestyle.  I spend about 50 hours a week sitting because of my job and my long commute.

Journaling - I don’t do this on a daily basis but it makes me feel better when I journal my thoughts or experiences.

Being grateful for all the blessings in my life - Little things like being able to walk, being able to drive, being healthy, etc.

Hanging with friends - Even though I’m ALWAYS the one to have to arrange get-togethers, I have a great time when I get together with them.  It’s good to have some girl time.

Positive Attitude - Your attitude determines your altitude.  Would you rather be with someone who is down and complains all the time or with someone who is happy and positive?

This did not happen overnight.  It took a long long time to get to this point—being content and being happy.  It takes work but it is well worth it.

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      Mzd3 wrote Jul 27, 2013
    • Diane,  

        Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sorry you had such a hard childhood. I’m really glad you are doing so well now, you are an inspiration!



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      Linda L wrote Jul 27, 2013
    • Hi Diane,

      Thank you for sharing your story. In my younger years I had mild depression and understand what you went through. It comes and go I still have feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. What keeps me strong is my beautiful daughter. As a single parent I will take exclusive credit for raising a smart, talented, and caring person.  

      I love all your suggestions. So glad to know that all is well for you now. Take care. heart



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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 30, 2013
    • Thanks for sharing your story. I have struggled with depression on and off thru my adult life.  And I can attest to all those things you mentioned being a huge help. Especially a positive attitude!



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      Mzd3 wrote Jul 31, 2013
    • Have you ever had anxiety with depression ?



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      Diane17 wrote Aug 3, 2013
    • Dianne - Are you referring to panic attacks?  If so, no.



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      Anonymous wrote Aug 4, 2013
    • Not really panic attack but a lesser form, just anxious, uneasy, nervous feeling, like you can’t relax.



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