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Reframing your mind to battle depression and CBT
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RE: Reframing your mind to battle depression and CBT
I suffered with major depression for over 3 decades, since my teens. It was touch and go sometimes whether I'd live. Now I'd say I haven't been truly depressed for about 5 years, despite going through a very difficult relationship break-up.

First, I want to put in a good word for medicines. Prozac saved my life more than once, no doubt about it. It may not work for you, but it was a lifesaver whilst I made the long-term adjustments necessary to finally kick the depression. Another medicine that worked great for me is Tianeptine. It has been proved to help increase the size of the hippocampus, which often becomes smaller with chronic depression, which causes problems with memory and affect.

Long term:
Get fit. (Tianeptine is also a mild analgesic, so it reduced muscle soreness and helped me to train harder.)
Stop thinking so much. This is absolutely crucial. Too much thinking is very bad for you. It won't ever solve your problems. I have a PDF book about this which I could dig out if anyone is interested.
Stop being a perfectionist. We're all fuck-ups some of the time. Allow yourself to be imperfect, and gloriously so. Be *extremely* you, whatever that is.
Develop a relationship with your inner child. It sounds sappy and woo-woo, but if you're still hurting from your childhood at all, it's necessary to give the inner child the support he never got when you were young. Learn to love him (yourself).
Therapy helped a lot (neo-Reichian, in my case).
It may be coincidental, but I've been taking 5000 IU VitD per day for about 6 years, and my mental health has improved markedly.
Behave somewhat manically (unless you're bi-polar). If you rush around and make yourself do lots of things in a short space of time, you won't have time to ruminate, and the hyperactivity will give you a buzz.

Hope that helps.
10-23-2013 01:19 PM
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