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nicola
Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 8:46:34 PM

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Some might find this useful. It's a bit more specific than the thread relating to mental health:

https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
Guest
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:02:19 AM

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It was supposed to be a variable. As is mental health.
Dirty_D
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:42:15 AM

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personally, I run. the more depressed I feel the more I run. Although, the happier I am the more I run too...

nicola
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 5:13:53 PM

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Yes, exercise of any kind, is often recommended for people with depression. It's the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins that give your mood a boost.

I too love running, I really should make an effort to run more now the weather is improving.

Here's a good article on depression and exercise.
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 5:28:02 PM

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Being forgiving of your mistakes, moving on from the past, finding diversions, living in the moment, a healthy diet, good sleep, hard exercise and talking to someone who cares. I have a friend who suffers from it and I try to help her through it. I will go to her house and drag her out of the house and just be there for her, depressive people tend to isolate. One time I did a series of cartwheels in the middle of a NYC sidewalk to make her laugh.lol To see someone you care about in this state is difficult. She was there for me when I needed her so I will be there for her.
hornyyethappyman
Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:36:21 PM

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running, gives me lots of endorphins, really any exercise low to medium intensity helps
GardenerGuy
Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014 8:07:17 AM

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The following is for those, who, for whatever reason, don't feel comfortable posting in here but could use maybe a friendly reminder or two.
from Ivan in comments section on article in lol > artofmanliness.com < (one of the funnier URL's I've read on a while)......


"...........i think what might be most important about it is that mr. leahy honestly lets you know that depression will recur. i’ve found that (1) i need to be ready for mine; (2) my depression has morphed over the years, shifting shapes and guises, so it needs watching; and (3) being depressed these days is never as stomach-clutchingly dark as it was at its worst, some 20 years ago. you learn to spot it, guage its progress and cut it off at the pass with a brisk walk, some clear thinking, a good book, the sight and sound of a close friend, or, miraculously enough, just a hearty, self-generated laugh: you have to let depresssion know that you’re onto its tricks and that it does not rule."


yeah and grueling, 1/2 hr minimum, on-the-verge-of-blacking-out exercise certainly makes for a fine endorphin release...
Tellerman
Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:51:36 PM

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Exercise absolutely, and if your carrying extra kilos, drop them off.
MollysDream
Posted: Saturday, March 01, 2014 9:05:55 AM

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For me it is important to notice the little things, like a pretty flower, the colours of leaves, birds singing, the wind in my face... These remind me why it is great to be alive and help me through my periods of depression.
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hayley
Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:36:59 PM

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If anyone is reading these threads looking for help...

when I was in New Zealand.. I had a friend on a free programme that they advertised on TV there .. sponsored by a famous rugby player.. john kirk or kirwan.. or such ... anyway... seems u could log on and get an actual program to follow.. the medics there helped put it altogether as a public service initiative.. seemed to work too ... it has for my friend..angel7
cockupmyass7926
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 5:26:26 AM

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hi hayley, im a new zealander and the website youre looking for is depression.org.nz
Alex7
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 6:10:40 PM

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Exercise definitely helps. Keeping the black dog out is my main motivation for going to the gym. I also have to constantly remind myself to not overthink stuff. Depression is one if the worst things you can ever have as it requires motivation to get you out. However motivation is the hardest thing to find when you don't have any.

Sometimes the fun comes below the waistline, sunshine.
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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:51:03 PM

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During a bout 13 years ago I took pills that only masked the issue. Upon switching jobs and having more free time and being able to get outside and spend days in the sunshine doing simple things like yardwork, and walking put things in correct light for me. My wife ask me about medicine refills and after telling me that you can't stop taking it , I told her it had been 4 weeks since I took the last pill.
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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 5:40:45 AM

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Smile. Think positive thoughts. Exercise. Walk. Eat healthily. Relax. Smile.....repeat. Oh, the odd sex rush is a bonus too, xxx

My Karma just ran over your Dogma
Bhndbluiii
Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:40:56 AM

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There is not one solution to overcomming depression. There are varying degrees of severity. It is not always as easy as just movea muscle when your mindis paralysed
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:39:08 AM

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I am 43 years old.I dont like to running but walking....it is very other story....and doctors also says that running when man have more than 40 is no healty for heart...
Truemalduke
Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:34:36 PM

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The title of this thread is a bit misleading. You can't "beat" depression, you can only manage it in a way that allows you to function as a normal human being.

As someone who has suffered from depression for most of his life. I can safely say that it is a day to day struggle. Certain activities such as exercise can help, but its only a temporary solution.

Just keep wallowing in your own chaotic insecure delusions.
AngelHeart01
Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:54:09 PM

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Get up. Force yourself if you have to.
Go outside.
Exercise.
Try something new.
Talk to someone.
Accept kindness.
Give kindness.
Meditate, Meditate, Meditate (stick with it)
Affirmations.
Remember the thoughts in your head come from YOU.
Keep the power, don't give it to someone else.
Smile at random people, even if they don't smile back.
Try to stay away from processed food.
If it was MADE in a plant, don't eat it. (Easier said then done).
Remember you're not alone.
Remember you have people who love you.
You have made a difference.
Mazza
Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 4:45:14 AM

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This is such a vast topic and it affects us all in so many different ways...

Whether it's premenstrual tension that can crop up for a few days every month, depression after a loss or trauma, an accumulation of stress and anxiety or postnatal depression - to name but a few. It affects the sufferer and also the people around them; coworkers, friends, family...

Depression can be 'beaten' or at least managed but what works for one may not work for another, it's such a personal thing and finding 'inroads' to what works for you can be time-consuming and difficult, but ultimately very rewarding.

Finding the root cause of it can be a huge help, in fact, realizing that you are actually suffering from depression at all can be a breakthrough because it's not always immediately obvious.

There are myriad ways of approaching the subject. Talking therapies can be very helpful - of course, that's dependent on finding someone who resonates with you and your situation - I've heard of people who've found no comfort whatsoever in seeing a therapist and my observation is that it's often because they just don't make a connection with them.

There are a few basics that can make a huge difference and the posters above have mentioned them: diet, sleep, proper hydration, exercise, removing yourself from stressful situations/people (how many people are in a depressed state because of work/family/partners etc?)

A couple of other things can be 'causes' and that's what I wanted to mention:

The side effects of current/previous medications - it can also occur because more than one medicine can interact with another and cause a negative effect - doctors aren't always aware of this and it's worth checking - if you are on or have been on medication, please do speak to your healthcare provider, in case this could be a cause.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies - for example, if you are deficient in vitamin D, this can directly cause depression (it can also go on to cause MS, diabetes, cardio-vascular problems, psoriasis - the list goes on). My point being that a simple blood test can establish this - so much easier to take a good quality supplement and get to the root of the problem than find yourself a few years down the line, medicated for something much more serious.

There is also a connection between the health of your gut/digestive system and depression -

Depression/Gut connection
(there is a lot of information available online regarding this - it's worth taking a look)

Suffice to say that the correlation between the gut and the mind certainly makes it worth taking into consideration - particularly if you have been or indeed are prone to gastric disturbance of any sort.

One common or recurring theme in sufferers of depression is a feeling of helplessness and being a victim to the condition. My observation is that if the person can begin to get to the root of what is or what has been a potential cause of the condition, then they can start to make big inroads into changing it. It is hugely empowering to understand that the condition is not usually without cause and being able to start to make changes generally has a very positive knock-on effect on the individual as a whole. The support of friends and family can make a massive difference, but it can be difficult to ask for help and people are not always aware that a loved one is suffering.

I've barely scratched the surface here, but if you do suffer from depression, there are simple and basic steps that you can take to bring about the changes which will lead you to the road to recovery. It may not disappear completely and there will likely be bumps in the road.

It is so worth trying though - the little, positive changes you make are cumulative and once you start, it will become that bit easier to make the bigger changes.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 5:46:55 AM

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Alex7 wrote:
Exercise definitely helps. Keeping the black dog out is my main motivation for going to the gym. I also have to constantly remind myself to not overthink stuff. Depression is one if the worst things you can ever have as it requires motivation to get you out. However motivation is the hardest thing to find when you don't have any.


Motivation is the hardest thing to find. I sometimes feel that black dog is slowly eating my heart and soul away. The rational brain knows what's happening. My intelligence tells me to get up and get on with life. It's just so fucking hard.
asian2013
Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 6:10:08 AM

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Alex7 wrote:
Exercise definitely helps. Keeping the black dog out is my main motivation for going to the gym. I also have to constantly remind myself to not overthink stuff. Depression is one if the worst things you can ever have as it requires motivation to get you out. However motivation is the hardest thing to find when you don't have any.



Totally true... I can relate to the last message. Lack or Absence of motivation is debilitating.
ShyVixen
Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 7:18:26 PM

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DBT Programs can help. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. If you have never heard of it, please take a few minutes to look it up and see if it's something you would be a fit for.
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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 9:54:55 AM

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Holistic practices like taijiquan, yoga and meditation are great for depression. I tend to be blue sometimes and nothing snaps me out of it like taiji. It might possibly be the perfect exercise.
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ShyVixen wrote:
DBT Programs can help. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. If you have never heard of it, please take a few minutes to look it up and see if it's something you would be a fit for.


Yeah, personally, I find that CBT/DBT stuff easier said than done...basically, the whole premise is that it's all about how you look at things...like I said, easier said than done...

Here's an article someone posted earlier over on FB, and I thought it might be of interest to some on this site...not positive I have it in the right thread, but feel free to move it...

Sexual orientation and mental health: results from a community survey of young and middle-aged adults
http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/180/5/423.full



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WazzM8
Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:25:34 PM

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Depression comes in many forms and for many reasons.
Personally I feel depressed due to my work place accident and recent work termination.
My wife is the reason I haven't bitten a bullet or walked in front of a train.
We all have to handle it our own way and find the support we need to get through each day as it comes.
Professional help works for some and not for others.
And of course us guys never want to admit to depression anyway.
Dont be a martyr get help and live a full life.
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