May 16, 2017

Depression

Here’s a free collection of resources about depression- Depression blogs, videos, support groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who have depression, etc.

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Depression Blogs

Here’s a list of depression blogs- blogs written by people with depression, or about depression.

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Daisies and Bruises daisiesandbruises.com 2017
Doctor Deb drdeborahserani.blogspot.com 2017
A Splintered Mind douglascootey.com 2017
Lawyers with Depression lawyerswithdepression.com 2017
My Postpartum Voice mypostpartumvoice.com 2017
Blue Light Blue bluelightblue.com 2017
Depression Marathon depressionmarathon.blogspot.com 2017
Time to Change time-to-change.org.uk 2017
Healthy Place healthyplace.com 2017
Chipur chipur.com 2017

 

Depression Support Groups

Depression Support Groups On Facebook

  1. Anxiety and Depression Support Group (97523 members)
  2. Anxiety and Depression . . . We Care (90384 members)
  3. Anxiety and Depression Support (58667 members)
  4. Depression and Anxiety Safe Haven Support Group (49570 members)
  5. Depression Group (22151 members)
  6. Self Harm/Suicide/Depression Support Group (14394 members)
  7. The Secret Meeting Room – PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Stress Support Group (13786 members)
  8. Anxiety/Depression/PTSD/Mental Health Support Group (13031 members)
  9. Anxiety and Depression Fellowship and Support (11507 members)
  10. Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and Schizophrenia Support Group (10523 members)
  11. Depression/Anxiety New Beginning for Adults (10428 members)
  12. Making Friends with Anxiety & Depression (8332 members)
  13. Depression Group Unconditional Support Circle (7448 members)
  14. Depression Support Group (6995 members)
  15. Anxiety and Depression Warriors 2.0 (6829 members)
  16. Depression and Anxiety Group (6247 members)
  17. Depression Support Group (5762 members)
  18. Depression Group (5019 members)
  19. LDS Depression/Anxiety Group (4540 members)
  20. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Group (4342 members)
  21. Depression Glass Australia (4310 members)
  22. Depression … UK (4153 members)
  23. Depression, Anxiety, and Mental Health: We are Warriors (4124 members)
  24. Depression & Anxiety Disorders Support (2716 members)
  25. Postpartum Depression Awareness (2690 members)
  26. Depression Big Black Dog (2238 members)
  27. Depression Dining (2173 members)
  28. Anxiety/Depression Roller Coaster of Emotions Group (1910 members)
  29. Depression and Anxiety Warriors (1625 members)
  30. Anxiety & Depression Support Group (1624 members)

Other Depression Support Groups And Forums

  1. Depression Support Group (76,371 members, 495,981 posts)

 

Depression Survey

We’re surveying people about their experiences with depression. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*This information is not meant to replace medical advice, and the information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Name, Age)


**Click here to share your experience with depression**


Depression Symptoms

What symptoms have you experienced?

  • Extreme sadness, crying. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • Lethargy, overwhelmingly sadness, paranoia, hopelessness, headaches, acid reflux, digestion issues.. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • Worthlessness, anxiety, anger, physical pain, fatigue, self harm, etc. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • Hopelessness, depression, sadness. (Tracey, 33 years old)
  • Sadness, failure, remorse, self blame. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • Suicidal thoughts, crying, afraid to go out, shaking inside, afraid of everything, negative thinking, feeling sick and headaches, PTSD and overeating. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • Not eating, overeating, sadness, worthlessness, suicide. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Facts

What are some interesting facts about depression?

  • No one would ever know if you didn’t tell them. It’s very lonely. It seems that it just sucks because there’s nothing you can do about it. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • Often those you’d least expect struggle with it. It’s often just as much of physical symptoms as mental or emotional. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • There seems to be a correlation between it and creative people. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • People think you look fine. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • No one can see it, so they think you’re fine. If you say suicide they lock you up to make you more depressed, so you lie about it and people think your lazy, when really the depression keeps you down. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • It can affect anyone, no matter who you are. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Management

What are effective ways to manage your depression?

  • Keep busy. Spend time with people. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • Medication. My dog, and having her certified as an Emotional Support Animal. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • Stay busy. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Medication, therapy. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • Talking to my husband. Using a coping skill. Asking for help. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • Go for a walk, go to the beach, I would say visit family or friends, but I don’t have any. (Kelly, 53 years old)

Depression Difficulties

What’s the hardest aspect of living with depression?

  • Feeling alone. There being no solutions. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • Feeling immobilized. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • Being different and no one understanding that it’s a real sickness. The anger. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Living with it. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • Being sad. (Tracey, 33 years old)
  • You feel like a loser. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • Being alone, and not functioning. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • Being happy on the outside and dead on the inside. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Advice

What words of encouragement/advice can you give people who are depressed?

  • There will always be good days. Keep trying and you’ll find things that work. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • There are many others who feel the way you do, who have depression, anxiety, anger, you name it. Seek the help you need, pull yourself out of that bed every morning, no matter how hard it is, and find “your thing” that makes you feel somewhat better and happy, and go with it. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Don’t give up, even when it feels hopeless. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • One day at a time. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • They say it gets better. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • You can do this. It didn’t happen overnight, and you won’t feel better overnight, but it will let up eventually. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Diet and Exercise

What’s been your experience with diet and exercise?

  • It’s hard to stay on it without support. But I have been successful in the past. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • My depression improves when I eat healthy and work out, but having depression makes it harder to do so. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • I don’t. I’ve tried and don’t have the motivation, I never have. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Exercises help if I can make myself do them. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • They both help. (Kelly, 53 years old)

Depression Treatments

What’s been your experience with treatments (medication, therapy, etc.)?

  • My antidepressants work. Therapy is okay, but doesn’t really solve anything. I can also say that you need to find the right therapist. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • It took some time to find the right dosage, but it has been extremely helpful. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • I’ve been on many different medications, and am still trying to find the right one. I hate going to counselors, but for some it works better then medication. Medical marijuana items. Don’t dis them until you try them. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Mostly positive. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • Meds help, and I have to go to therapy to get help. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • I can’t get any. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • I don’t go to therapy but use three different meds. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Recommendations

Anything you’d recommend for someone with depression?

  • If you have family and/or friends, spend lots of time with them. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • Explore your options. Listen to doctors and do what feels right to you. Don’t let others make you feel guilty for your choice of treatment. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • Smoke pot. Honestly it has helped tremendously along with my medication. I sleep at night, I laugh again, it has really helped. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Talk to someone who cares. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • If you can, talk. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • Exercise helps push yourself. (Kelly, 53 years old)
  • Don’t ever give up. It will get better. (Nancy, 62 years old)

Depression Resources

What specific resources have you found most helpful?

  • My antidepressant. (Anonymous, 21 years old)
  • My doctors. (Jennifer, 24 years old)
  • Depression groups online. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • My husband, online support groups. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • My dog. (Kelly, 53 years old)

Depression Stories

Share your depression story.

  • My depression started very young after my best friend killed herself, and then my ex, turned good friend killed himself the same way two years later, my dad worked out of town a lot and my mom was a mean alcoholic and my brothers moved away, so it was just me and her a lot..which wasn’t good..I was a self harming pre-teen that didn’t know where she belonged in life. To be honest I still don’t. I was adopted into the same family as a newborn but I’ve still never felt like I belong. I’ve always felt like I’m different, that I’m the odd man (woman) out, the black sheep, etc. I’m still having these problems to this day, but I finally did something about it for myself when I was 20 years old. I couldn’t take it anymore, and instead of giving into the pain, I went against it and sought out for help with my doctor. I told him the honest truth, that I’m scared of myself- I’m scared what I could do with the anger mostly. Some days it gets so bad that I’m on the outside of my body looking in and I can’t stop myself. Right away they helped me by trying different medications and counseling. I had a baby in 2013 and though I love him more than anything, I went into horrible post partum depression.. yes it is a very concerning issue with pregnancy, so please take care of your pregnant ladies..I would stay home with him while my husband worked and hide inside watching tv all day long.. in the dark..I had it so dark all the time in our house that my poor boy got jaundice and had to be put on vitamins. Eventually I got dragged out of that state of mind and on the proper medication, which I’ve been on since. I now have two beautiful boys and a loving husband. Yes there are a lot of days where I feel like I just won’t make it, I just can’t, but I pull myself out of the bed and fight. If I need to have a cry or meltdown, I do, but then I keep going. I’m not giving up and neither should anyone else. (Anonymous, 27 years old)
  • Got sick with schizoaffective disorder in 2006. Been dealing with it since. (Aaron, 31 years old)
  • I can’t right now. I’m sorry. (Patricia, 51 years old)
  • I was abused my whole life, my dog was killed, I ended up homeless, my husband died, several friends died, my cousin died, my best friend died, my dad died, my son died, then my daughter moved cross country and I’m so lonely. (Kelly, 53 years old)