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I Beat Depression by Shimaira I Beat Depression by Shimaira
I was driving to work today and I was thinking about my life... and I came to the conclusion that I'm quite proud of how far I've come =^_^=
Also, the stamp text is very true for me. I never went into therapy and never took any anti-depressives (lucky me, chemical waste >_< ). I got out of that black pit all by myself (sure, took me long enough, but hey, here I am :D)

:blackrose: I hope that there are more people out there that managed to fight their way out. (With or without any help, doesn't really matter. As long as you're out and staying out, that's the most important!)

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I just want to make it extra clear: I do not think that needing drugs or therapy is bad, or that someone is better for doing it without. The important thing here is overcoming depression, the means don't matter.
If you are depressed and you need help, get help. There is no shame at all in that :) There is only the pride at the end when you look back and can go "HAH I beat you!" How you get there doesn't matter.


:blackrose: Also, a little tip for people still fighting: Try some freshly rasped ginger root tea (add honey and some normal tea for the flavour as the ginger is spicy). It works great to soothe depressions and anxiety attacks. Sure, it's not permanent, but it might help :)
Just remember to use it in combi with anything else you're doing to fight it as every little bit helps <3


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I-Am-The-Cold Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Still fighting, but I'm winning.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: <3
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OptimusBart09 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
ive been struggling with depression for half a year. it was like an on-and-off thing. some days are happy and full of purpose, other days i feel lethargic and looking at art is like staring at a wall.

i had no idea what was causing my depression until i did some research and it turns out that ive been consuming too much caffeine, which triggered my anxiety and eventually led to this. now im on a caffeine-free diet along with omega-3 supplements. ive also been reading about famous people who struggle with mental illness and went on to live successful lives, which gave me hope. I also exercise (according to experts, its as effective as medication).

even now, im slowly becoming more open about. keeping it to myself also worsened it.

But yeah, congratulations on beating it on your own. 
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nice :) I never really thought about how caffeine could perhaps affect it too. I'm glad that you shared your approach <3 perhaps others that read your comment can benefit from it too :D
And yes, exercising helps as it releases "happy hormones" :)
It's good that you're starting to become more open about it, and I hope that soon you will be free of it :hug:

Thanks again for sharing <3
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OptimusBart09 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
no problem. have a wonderful day.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Same to you dear <3
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FullMoonFaerie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a strong person for believing in yourself and taking control of your life. May your head always be lifted high, even when the entire world tries to push you to the ground. :heart:
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 thanks dear <3
And no worries, everything is going great now :D no complaints <3
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FullMoonFaerie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So glad to hear that! :)
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Laraaqua0 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Yeah, me too. I really don't remember for how long i had it... Weeks? Months? The important thing is that I'm ok right now. :)
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: glad to hear you're okay now :)
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Laraaqua0 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Well... More or less. I don't have depression or any problems in my life, but my negative thoughts makes me almost as bad as I was before. I'm free from this illness, at least.

Good to see that there are other people that could go through this and escape. Not everyone get cured from that, y'know. :(
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Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
And here I was thinking I was the only one.  I find it a little unnerving when people tell me that they are so depressed that nothing can save them, because the sad truth of the matter is that the reason they're right is because they want to be.  They don't want to be helped.  You're only as hopeless as you choose to be.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: I'm glad you made it out :)
It's the sad truth... And the thing is: it's scary! Most people don't even realise they don't want to be helped, because it's often a subconscious choice. And even if 99% wants to get better, that 1% can be enough to stop it. Even if that 1% is just the fear of something new... (at least that's how I experienced it)
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Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Now that you mention it, that's very true.  In hindsight, I suppose I really was subconsciously choosing to be depressed, but that also makes dealing with people who are still depressed that much more frustrating.  Maybe the reason I feel that way is because I care about them, and when something bad happens, I feel responsible, but in actuality I have to come to grips with the fact that whatever happens is their own decision.

Someone once told me that the human mind naturally wants to be negative.  For every ten good things that might happen in a day, it only takes one thing to ruin all that.  The bad thing doesn't even have to be that extreme, or even be worse than the good things that have occurred.  It simply has to be bad, because the human mind naturally leans toward negativity.  Just another reason you have to choose to be happy.

I don't know about you, but I like being happy.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said :) And yeah I heard that too about the mind being more inclined to chose the bad stuff over the good stuff (why, I got no clue though).

I also feel your pain when it comes to depressed people around me. I always try to help but in the past I put so much energy into this it dragged me down aswell. Nowadays I know my bounderies a lot better and I'm learning when there is simply no use. You can keep throwing ropes into a well but if the person down there doesn't want to grab onto it... All you can do it try to talk to them and hope they will see the "light" sort of speak ^^;


And yes, I like being happy :) I can have bad stuff happen in a day and still be able to just smile and enjoy the fact that I'm alive. I appreciate the smaller things in life much more too now <3 It's great really :) Sure, I have my lows every once in a while, but they don't last that long or leave an "imprint" like they used to. They just come, AND GO :) I can still remember what it was like to have those dark thoughts, and for some reason I sometimes feel this weird sense of "homesickness" to those old times... Luckily I'm smart enough to not want to go back and just stare at it from a distance ;)
But I know, somewhere deep inside I know... If I really wanted to go back I could. (Luckily I don't!)

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Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
The exact same thing happened to me.  I would try to help depressed people out, because I knew what it was like to be like that, but I'd just end up getting depressed again.  I don't like being depressed, as I've stated earlier, so I should work on doing the same.

Oh, that proverb reminds me of another I heard.  "You can drag a horse to water, but you can't force it to gaze upon its own reflection to realize it's an ass."

I'm glad that you've gotten better with coping, and I admittedly experience that same homesickness every once in a while.  Not often, but maybe once every so many months.  It's a little bit extreme here and there, but I still haven't stooped so low as to try anything I used to.  Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to do it again, but then I remember how much it hurt me before and the feeling is gone.  

Maybe my last suicide attempt can be thanked for that.  A brush with death is always good incentive not to try dying again.  Although, at the same time, I still have psychological scars from that.  Such as difficulties swallowing pills, but then again, that could actually be a good thing looking at it from a different perspective.

Same here.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that proverb is brilliant :')

:tighthug: 
I'm glad your suicide remained an attempt and that it actually helped you from not doing it again. I cna understand that it would have left scars, and I hope they will heal over time :cuddle:


If you ever need to talk or vent about something, feel free to send me a note :) I don't check dA daily though so don't feel ignored if I don't reply too soon ^^;
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Desdemona-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I agree.  :'D

I am, too, I really am.  I also hope the scars will heal, but I've come to grips with the fact that they may not, and I don't mind that.

Oh, I don't mind at all.  I'm not usually that active, either, just to be honest.  ^^;  But I'll remember that!
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Shadoe123 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sufferer of depression periods in my short life, and no one ever noticed so I had to overcome it on my own. Putting this on my profile to remember how far I've come and how many times I almost quit.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug: stay strong, but don't be afraid of asking for help when things get tough :) just because people don't notice doesn't mean they won't care. 
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rosenthia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I Will Probably Use This Once I Over Come My Depression Thats If I Ever Do
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just keep fighting hun, I'm certain that if you do one day you'll be free as well :hug:
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rosenthia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank You I Will Keep Trying I Shall Look Forward To Freedom :hug:
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ever need someone random to talk to, feel free to note me :)
And if you ever feel like it's going very bad and that you need more help than family and friends can give, don't be afraid to get professional help as there is no shame in it (whatever it takes to help get you better you should try imo) <3 Its not how you get better, its the getting better that's important :hug:
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animekyusu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I used to be depressed, but i pulled myself out of it (since my friends were the one's making me depressed) and i was fine for months but not i seem to be slowly sinking back in, but i'm going to try again and get out before i sink even further :)
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Shimaira Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear you got out before, too bad it was because of your friends :( Did you find better people to surround yourself with?
I hope you'll be able to remain out of the pit, stay strong! :hug:
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animekyusu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
well not really, i live in a small town so not many people are around. I was also bullied to i find it hard to go out and make new friends. I just simply made less contact with my friends (well actually they went of and did their own things together while i did mine alone) but now i feel lonely and sinking back in. I like being alone but not all the time, and i find it hard to talk or stay socializing with people for too long. It confuses my friends but it only seems to make sense to me :( thanks for the support :huggle:
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Shimaira Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:( That sucks... Maybe try to make friends via the internet? I was able to meet great people online when I was depressed, when there are only so many people near you its hard to find true friendship (hell, my best friends don't even live close to me ^^; ) I was bullied a lot too as a kid, and people who I thought were friends often ended up betraying me... I too enjoy being alone, but just like you say: not all the time. Its nice to know that someone cares about you, they dont have to be there 24/7 but when you need them or just need to know that theres atleast someone, that feels good.
Your friends dont understand that you want to have some alone-time too? O_o I cant even imagine that ^^;
I think I just came to terms with the fact that from the dozens of "friends" (and hundreds of people I know according to my FB list) only a handful are real friends, and sometimes I even doubt I can get to 3 (and that is including my husband). Sadly a lot of people only care about you aslong as you can do something for them, even if its just listening to their problems, when their life improves you're suddenly no longer needed and they just go silent, only to reappear later on when it all went to hell again and they need a shoulder to cry on (and me wanting to be a good friend will be there, waiting for them ^^; only thing is that I dont realise that some of them will do the same for me if I would only show that I needed them... (found that out recently)
Perhaps you have more friends that really care for you too than you think :) you just havent let them in.
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animekyusu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I do have online friends that i talk to. I made some here on DA and from a fangroup of a boyband i'm part of. But still talking to a person face to face and being around instead of constantly being at home on the computer is good. It's good to know that i'm not the only one who's feeling/felt like this :floating:
They don't seem to notice much about me, even when my personality changes on days i'm feeling down. They don't ask me if i'm alright unless i go up to them and ask them for a hug or something, they only realise if they see any cuts or something on me or draw something on a piece of paper, that's it :( yet i learnt to notice when they're being slightly distant or tell that they're upset because if i don't they say i'm a bad friend for only noticing when it's too late. I think it's because of this happening quite a lot that i decided to grow apart from people. Ohh well, i guess try and do what i can that makes me happier (even if it's only temporary) :hug:
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Shimaira Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its good that you have online friends :) but you're right, its nice to have friends you can actually hug in real life.
And its weird, I had the same... Though I must say I also pretended to be fine, I wore a mask sortasay. Still I wanted people to see through that mask, like some sort of test I suppose... I didnt want to make it too obvious, I wanted to see who really cared about me to notice the "small" things... And same as you, I did notice when something was wrong with them... But maybe thats because we mirror our own desires.
Personally, I think that if people call you a bad friend because of that yet they dont notice your issues they are the bad friend...
And yeah, you should try to focus on the positive things :) If theres one thing I noticed looking back on my "darker years" it was that I always thought everything was bad and negative and nothing good happened... Yet in reality after the veil of depression was lifted, it wasnt all that bad... There were lots of good things beside the bad, if not a whole lot more... I just couldnt see it then, luckily I do now :) I hope you will too <3

PS
Try not to cut yourself :( Not only can you hurt yourself more than intended, once you get "better" I doubt you'll be happy with those scars. I'm very relieved that I was always too chicken to cause any self-harm, atleast now the only scars I have are those on the inside (and therefore mine alone to see and share if I want to)
If all else fails, I suggest talking to a doctor of some kind; better than ending up in a hospital because you cut too deep ^^;
Also, if I may give you one last piece of advice: when you're down or worse, try drinking tea with scrapings of fresh ginger root in it :) it worked wonders for my dad (against depression and anxiety attacks)
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animekyusu Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
yeah i guess, even though it's little i do see some positive things in life and try to make the most of them whenever i can. And don't worry, i never cut too deep or two often, only every now and then when my friends or someone does something that makes me feel worthless. the last time was a couple of weeks ago when people screamed (not litteraly but felt like it) to my face that "ohh so and so's much better than you" and this happened to me about being compared t three other people. But i got rid of everything that could possibly harm me out of my bedroom and reach :) :hug: it's good to know i'm not alone :D
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Shimaira Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*hug* I'm glad you're trying so hard to stay strong and to be happy :)
And I'm also very relieved that even when you cut yourself its not often (I know people who did it way too often (though in my head even 1x would be too much but you get my point ;))
Try not to let people like that get to you, if people compare you to other people they're doing something wrong because you are you and they are themselves, if everyone was alike it would be a very boring world. If they cant accept you for who you are thats their loss.
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I used to be depressed. I mean, I still am, but I'm getting better.
I used to cut, but then I stopped. I was close to committing suicide, but that same day I was about to do it, I got a letter from my sister. She found out I was self harming and that I was hurting inside. She gave me hope. I decided to not give up and to keep on going. I am close to overcoming my depression.
Sadly, I still have to take medicine. (Which I hate very much because the pills are hard to swallow. :X)
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
I'm glad to hear that you stopped cutting and that your sister was able to give you hope <3 I hope that the people close to you will continue to do that :) I also hope that you will be free of depression someday soon, and if the medicine (even though you hate it) can help you with that, please continue to use them as getting rid of the depression is what important :hug: (and you could always ask your doctor if there are any other variants of your medicine that are maybe easier to take :))

Good luck hun, keep fighting! :tighthug:
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Thank you~! ^^
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MelanieGracey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really admire people who are able to say they recovered from depression without any help whatsoever. It's been a long process for me, and I've sought out help from both after trying to fight it alone. And I don't think using them makes someone with depression/anxiety weaker or any less of a person; they just need a little push. I haven't found the right antidepressant(s) for me yet, but I'm optimistic I will someday.

Lovely stamp - love the color! :heart:
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
And I agree, there's no shame at all at needing a little help, in a way it's even a lot braver to actually reach out instead of fighting all alone.
I hope you'll be able to beat it too one day :) because in the end that's the thing that counts :hug:
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Windyfeather Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have depression, I've been diagnosed, I've suffered for several years.
I haven't used any medical treatment/therapy. One day, I might use this, but until then, I have a lot more to go through.
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure that you'll be able to make it through :hug: just don't give up the fight :)
And if it gets really rough, don't be shy to ask for (prof) help. Whatever can make you help beat this thing you should use it. It's not how you get better, it's the getting better part that matters most ;) (just don't do anything you might regret later of course)
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Windyfeather Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I definitely won't give up.
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SageRaventree Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Then you weren't really depressed. <.<
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not the first to say that and I must ask: what gives you the right to judge if I was or wasn't? You don't know what I've been through or how my mind works, you don't know what I felt or feel... So what gives you the right to say that?
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KlownyKritter Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lucky you won the battle
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, though I think anybody can win in the end... Keep at it! :hug:
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xMizuOkami Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Waiting for the day I can put this on my page. ;~;
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hihi thanks <3 and I think you can now ;)
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EquineEleganceStock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing. Man, I wish.
:c
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Shimaira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: You'll get there too, and if you need help getting there don't be afraid to ask, sometimes asking for help is better than trying to do it on your own. The goal is the most important thing here, beating it, not the path that leads to it.
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