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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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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 :')

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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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