While there are many people who struggle to understand it, being clinically depressed is much different than being upset or having any sort of emotional response to challenges faced in life. Depression can vary in severity and it can put a strain on every aspect of a person's life. This disorder makes it harder for a person to perform important tasks at work or school, navigate personal relationships and enjoy activities they take interest in, furthermore, it is known to cause a great deal of suffering.

Sadly, depression is far from rare. In fact, it's of the most common mental disorders. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 300 million people of all ages suffer from this disorder, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite the fact that there are a variety of effective treatments, due to reasons such as social stigma, common misconceptions about the disorder, financial issues, failing to get the correct diagnosis and many more, a lot of people don't get treated.

If you are one of those people who are suffering from this disorder, the good news is that you're not going through this alone. Recently, #HowIFightDepression started trending on Twitter with hundreds of people eager to share what helps them cope with this disorder in hopes that their tips will help others. Scroll down below for some of the best responses people have shared.

 

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Foxxy 3 months ago

No one knows how bad mine is coz I hide it very well, it is easier to hide it than talk about it.

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Blue Cicada 3 months ago

When I'm feeling really down, I make a To Do list. It literally starts with "Get out of bed. Eat breakfast. Watch TV." And then I add small, achievable tasks for the day.

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Laura Habermehl 3 months ago

That's what depression is, it's lies, all lies that come from your own head. It builds a false reality around you and makes you feel helpless, numb, and lost in the darkness. If you can replace depression with reality, with hope, literally change the way your brain thinks, even subconsciously, it's possible to improve. That's how I did it. After ten years, I don't have depression anymore.

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D. Pitbull 3 months ago

This seems to be such a difficult concept for people to swallow. No matter how many times I tell people (anyone. Friends, Family, clients, etc.)... over and over... they always, somewhere, somehow ask... "So is it done yet? You fix it yet?" - No... it's not DONE. It's never "done".

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Foxxy 3 months ago

I sadly lost my beloved dog/best friend 5 years ago and she helped me so much. She could tell when I was down and would comfort me. Some people may not understand this but her loss effected me more than any other loss including family, pregnancy loss etc. There will always be a special place in my heart for her, she was the best dog ever.

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Foxxy 3 months ago

I should take note of this one.

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Kaisu 3 months ago

It doesn't mean you're not tough even if you can't get anything done one day, it just means you're tough because you managed to make it through the day <3

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Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

Belly-kissing Boy! I can see how His Gorgeousness might be the moment of inspiration you need. The late, great Petrushka got me through some very bleak days just by sleeping on the pillow next to mine.

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Link 3 months ago

This reminds me of something I posted on my page a long time ago. It was phrased like, "Bond, James Bond. And you are?" "Berry, Strawberry."

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Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

That’s really lovely; thank you for sharing it with us. 💝

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Randy Dhuyvetter 3 months ago

Fighting depression isn't a battle, it's a war. Some battles you win, some you lose. What matters is staying in the fight.

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Reyna Blake 3 months ago

This. I don't "self medicate" with drugs but with food. It is why I am so heavy-set. My depression has been a part of me my entire life, and sometimes I get so tired of fighting. I get tired of struggling and the voice in my head, that tells me I'm not worth it anyway, gets so strong. It is posts like this and music that help me.

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TwiceRice23 3 months ago (edited)

What if you have no one and can't afford therapy or medication?

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ispeak catanese 3 months ago

I can't get rid of the thoughts of worthlessness.

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Kaisu 3 months ago

Dog hugs always make me feel better, even if I'm having a really bad mental day ❤️

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Tammy Ralph 3 months ago

Lily is beautiful, I love her smile, we are so lucky that dogs exist.

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Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

They’re really beautiful. I especially like the one in the bottom right corner. I would happily buy that one in the bottom right corner.

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Magpie 3 months ago

You are not alone. Somehow that helps me.

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Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

And they purr!

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Magpie 3 months ago

Somewhere I read : if you are having a bad day , remember it is just a bad day ( or week) Not a bad life.

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I'm dark 3 months ago

Music is truly a life saver

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I'm dark 3 months ago (edited)

Honestly, her hat is me somedays... I say I'm fine and just put on my best fake smile...

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Magpie 3 months ago

I am way grown up, but I still respond really well to gold stars. I give them to myself, sometimes just for staying alive for one more day. ... sometimes for going for a walk.

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Lemon Garnished Potato 2 months ago

I sometimes write poetry. Sometimes short little summaries of things, sometimes full ballads. Either way, yes. Writing is good.

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Foxxy 3 months ago (edited)

I resisted medication due to previous adverse reactions to a specific antidepressant. Until I was pregnant and suffering with panic attacks. Thankfully I have a great dr that understood my concerns, started me on the lowest dose and monitors me every 2 months. I am now on a higher dose but the antidepressants I am give me no adverse reactions. Having a good GP is vital, I have experienced good and bad GPs with mental health.

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Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

Do you sing, play an instrument, compose, any combo or beyond?

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Lemon Garnished Potato 2 months ago

This is inspiring.

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Bluebell Rizzi 3 months ago (edited)

Fuck off, depression. (sing it with me now)

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Hope Floats 3 months ago

But I'd feel I was burdening them with my fears if I was to tell them how I was really feeling,so I don't...Which I know,makes me a prisoner even more .......

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