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  1. It's frustrating to go through life using only a fraction of my potential. It's frustrating to helplessly watch my youth waste away before my eyes. I try not to think about it. Mindfulness helps me recognize negative thought patterns before they get the better of me. I try to write at least three things I'm grateful for every day. I try to do the best I can under the circumstances.
  2. hi saaaraaah, I've recently looked into working online. there are communities on reddit that are focused on working online, most notably r/WorkOnline (you'll have to google that phrase because unfortunately posting links is forbidden on depressionforums). as far as I've gathered, your best bet is teaching english online. one of the sites where you can do this is Open English. you can also earn some money on mTurk if you are from the USA. you can try your luck by being a transcriber on sites like Rev. you can try to become a freelance writer, writing blog posts and such. if you have some strong skills, you can try to earn money on Fiverr. other places where I've heard you can earn some money are Respondent and Prolific (sites for participating in scientific research), Appen, Lionsgate, and Leapforce. good luck!
  3. Journaling is awesome. I'm using an app called Daylio that is a journal, mood tracker and activity tracker. It's very easy and enjoyable to use. I've been using it for over a year and it has helped me immensely.
  4. Therapy is definitely the best starting point! After that you can decide which steps to take. I can also vouch for stuff like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, taking a walk every day and listening to podcasts because all of that helped me overcome my major depressive episode that lasted two years. Take care! :)
  5. Hi lackluster, I've been on 10mg of Lexapro for two years. If your doctor and you agree that you should take meds, don't hesitate to take them, but only as a last resort. In my opinion they should be used only after someone has already tried the usual stuff like therapy, exercise, eating healthy, journaling, meditation, etc. I'm not saying that any of these are cures for depression but before you take meds you should at least try to exhaust other options. Antidepressants are not some perfect pills that instantly cure you and make you happy, if they were we would all constantly take them. They come with a lot of unpleasant side-effects that can add to the depression instead of soothing it. Also, many psychiatrists are way too eager to prescribe antidepressants, so you should be wary of that. All that being said, if you and your doctor decide that you would benefit from taking meds, don't be afraid to take them, as they've helped many people.
  6. Hi @TheSunflowerOil and welcome to the forum! We know the lack of empathy and understanding that people have towards people with mental health issues. Exhaustion was one of my main symptoms while I was in a depressive episode so I definitely understand you. Feel free to tell your story here. Take care!
  7. Hang in there, my dude! Student life can be really stressful. I'm trying to finish my Master's Degree and it's not easy at all but hopefully I'll graduate by autumn.
  8. Hi Drawing Flies, is your username a reference to the Soundgarden song? I really like them and they have great lyrics about depression! I was sad to hear about Chris Cornell. Anyway, welcome to the forum!
  9. Hi Nirah, I've found that keeping a journal every day helps me to be less dependent on people and more self-reliant. That way I can empty my mind and release negative emotions/thoughts without needing someone else. I've been using an app called Daylio for over a year and it's great! You can also track moods and activities there. Also, if you want to clear your mind, stop negative thinking and avoid being distracted by thoughts like you said, you should definitely look into mindfulness and meditation! There's an app called Headspace with daily guided meditations that's suited for absolute beginners. Take care!
  10. Well that's a bummer! Everyone reacts differently to different antidepressants so maybe you should try out another one until you find the one that fits you. Take care!
  11. I agree that there should be a separate forum for the relation between work and depression. I think most of the problems in this society are caused by capitalism. Imagine how happier you would be if you didn't have to worry about earning enough money to feed yourself or pay the bills; affording healthcare or education; being unemployed and unable to find a job; working a job that makes you miserable or doesn't pay a living wage. All of these things cause enormous stress which spills over to our relationships and private life. All of it could be easily fixed. The human civilization has enough resources and technology right now to enable everyone a comfortable life, working just 15-hour a week but because the wealth is so unevenly distributed (in America, wealth inequality is reaching the levels of the Gilded Age) most people suffer trying to make ends meet while the few mega-rich accumulate more wealth than they could spend in a thousand lifetimes. It's sickening.
  12. Hello and welcome to the forum! I had been on 10mg of Lexapro for a couple of years and had the same type of insomnia where you can fall asleep but wake up after a couple of hours. It's called sleep maintenance insomnia. What cured it for me was taking 50mg of quetiapine before sleep. Of course, you should talk to your psychiatrist before taking any extra meds. I hope you get better soon!
  13. Hating certain sounds is a condition called 'misophonia'. I don't know how to treat it, you should see a doctor, I just wanted to say it's a real condition and not something you've made up (my friend has it and he said that people often accused him of making it up).
  14. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I think you should definitely take as much time off as you need, if your financial situation allows it. However, sometimes when we're out of work for a long time, our lives lose a sense of structure. Are you keeping yourself busy? Do you have hobbies? Personally, I really need that structure, so I have a morning routine that includes yoga and meditation. I'd strongly recommend you to try talking to a psychotherapist. I was about your age when I first started (about three years ago) and it has helped me overcome clinical depression.
  15. Your intentions may be good, but telling someone who's maybe confused, insecure, and in despair that the only solution to their mental illness is religion is downright harmful. This can be the solution for you but it's certainly not the only solution for everyone, despite of your beliefs. Depression is an mental illness and should be treated as such, by medical professionals, not some patronizing, preachy evangelist.
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