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 can put a strain on every aspect of a person's life. This mental 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, depression symptoms are 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 mental illness, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite the fact that there are a variety of effective treatments in fighting depression, due to reasons such as social stigma, common misconceptions about the mental health disorder, financial issues, failing to get the correct diagnosis, and many more, a lot of people don't get treated and continue living with depression.

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 advice people have shared.

 

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Foxxy
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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".

Ashley Harrold
Community Member
1 year ago

That was the hardest thing for me to learn about my sister's depression. I'm a fixer, so it was hard to deal with the fact that I couldn't really do anything about it. Now when it's a harder day for her I tell her "I'm here if you need anything" and just leave it after that. She's told me that's one of the best things I can do.

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank your for this.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Mental illness might be a lifelong companion, but if you learn the right coping tools, then you'll barely notice it's there!

Laura Habermehl
Community Member
1 year ago

I wouldn't say you can't fight it. That's not true. Sure, you can't just beat it in an instant, but I had depression for about 10 years, all through my teens, I figured I would have it forever, but some people entered my life that helped me cope, helped me improve, helped me realize depression feeds you lies and once I started to shut those lies down and really believe the truth of things (involving my faith in God and the values and truths of Christianity), I can now say I no longer have depression, it holds nothing over me anymore. It tries to come back but that fights been won, I tell it to shove off. Still in battle with my anxiety, but hey, one down, another to go!

Allie G.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's her point...you proved her point...you found coping mechanisms that work for you...

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

False. Make enough money to donate a large sum to a zoo in exchange for naming rights to the alpha male kangaroo. Name it depression. Wait til the females are in heat and jump the fence with another male kangaroos urine soaked on you.

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Foxxy
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

I should take note of this one.

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Kaisu
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Randy Dhuyvetter
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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ispeak catanese
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1 year ago

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

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Tammy Ralph
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1 year ago

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

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

You are not alone. Somehow that helps me.

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

And they purr!

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

Music is truly a life saver

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I'm dark
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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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Sarah Storm
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1 year ago

I have permanent psychological damage from my parents reading my diary. Sometimes on my bad days I would write suicide notes in my diary, and they read those, and flipped out. I haven't been able to write anything down for years now, because I'm scared of someone reading how I feel.

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Foxxy
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Lemon Garnished Potato
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1 year ago

This is inspiring.

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Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

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Kip The Otter
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1 year ago

But what if people don't love you enough to give you a full ladder? Instead they give you a ladder that's too short? Either you can't reach the ladder, or the ladder doesn't go all the way out? Or if they just remove the ladder altogether? Am I going to live in this dark pit alone, forever?

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