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Can Depression be Cured – How to Self Help With Depression.

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Depression Cures.

When I first had the signs of depression back in the late 60’s I had never even heard of depression let alone looked at the options for treatment.

Besides there not being much in the way of treatment, especially outside of conventional treatment…depression wasn’t understood, particularly as a mood disorder.
Even if you did understand what was happening, it would have been something you would never discuss due to the stigma and the possibility of being labeled a “head job”, “Cuckoo” and array of other not so nice names.

It must have been really dire in those decades if you actually had been given the diagnosis of depression. I can only liken it to possibly being told you had a terminal illness.

My depression started when I was 15 – 16 years old.
I am now in my mid 60’s….Eighteen months ago I eventually managed to find that “cure”. The funny thing was, it was there all the time, and I just needed help finding it.

Your road to wellness will be different from mine, involving different healing modalities, time scales.

With different methods, and direction this could lead to your cure or management of depression as well…but all leading to the same destination.

The one element that will need to be the same as mine and is essential, is your input and a change in mindset.
One way to change your mindset is through knowledge.
That knowledge comes through reading as much material and books as you can get your hands.
There are some amazing books out there here are a few I highly recommend.

That ‘cure’ will be your journey.

To maintain your ‘cure’ you may have to keep up with regular mindfulness practice, exercise and diet, or using CBT or homeopathy when needed or the many other options out there.

Depression Treatment Options.

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Depression, if left untreated can become your “norm”, and the longer that goes on the harder it is to undo. I speak from experience.

I am not a professional but if there is one bit of advice I can give you is if you think you may or may not have depression, go and get a proper diagnosis.
The earlier on down the line you get help with a proper diagnosis, the more chance you will have of finding the correct treatment for you.

Depression can and is complex, so it’s not one size fits all.

Healing has to be customized to the individual so it can be down to trial and error and quite often not a ‘quick fix’.

The quicker you get on top of your depression the better your chances are of turning it around.

I didn’t start on any sort of treatment until I was in my late 40’s and I was able to turn it around., but it just takes that much longer.

The other very important advice I give you is start on a treatment and stick with it to give it a chance to do its job…. even if or when you are having doubts about its effectiveness.

My example…. I visited a Chinese Herbalist who prescribed me Chinese herbs, (funnily enough) which I had to take three times a day for a period of time.

I foolishly stopped taking these herbs after a month as I deemed they were not working.

It was only when I gave them another try many years later and armed with more information, plus a different herbalist that I realized Chinese Herbs can take any where from three – six months to work.

Fortunately this time I persisted and it was then I started to notice I was getting more good days and feeling better.

As a footnote to this story…unfortunately the downfall for me came when my herbalist went to China to work temporarily on a project out there. He left me with his locum but to my great disappointment she didn’t seem to have the same skill in her prescribing as him.
(He still hasn’t returned.) Turned out not so temporary after all.

Natural Depression Cures.

In most cases therapy will be an option that can have good outcomes. But the type of therapy will be pivotal as will finding a good therapist…in particular one that you can relate to.

Throughout this site you will come to realize that I am a champion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It has changed the lives of many thousands for the better (including mine) and possibly millions of others.

My one regret….I wish I had tried this many years ago, but I had the same attitude as many others had then and will now and that is…. “It’s too simple,” my depression is going to need something more comprehensive than CBT.”
Don’t let this be you!!

If you take the same path as me and decide not to take conventional medications and try instead natural modalities i.e. Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, hypnosis, EFT, mindfulness, meditation, therapy, homeopathy, to name but a few, it is going to take time and patience and a belief that there you will get better.

Depression is no different from an illness or condition. Sometimes you can be ‘cured’ or a solution found after time, but it can be dependent on other factors, how complex the problem is, and possibly it will take a few tries and patience to find the right treatment – and particularly how determined you are to beat that Sucker!

So the answer is yes! You can be ‘cured’ of depression, it’s about finding the right treatment and right people for you, but even more importantly…the right attitude from you.

Don’t rule out anything in your venture to be healed, be open to all possibilities, change your negative thinking and be open to changing your mindset.
• Don’t look back.
• Surround yourself with positive people.
• Face the truth.
• Challenge your negative thinking.
• Exercise.
• Be kind to yourself and others.
• Never quitting if you fail at something.

The Good Life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.

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7 Comments

  1. In the years of health and wellness industry, depression is a curable illness and it all takes times. You have share with everyone your personal experience who have depression and type of method that could help in curing depression.

    Thanks for the informative article. I enjoy reading your article a lot by gaining knowledge.

    • Thank you Paul. Yes you are right when you say it can take a long time and quite often you have to come at it from different angles i.e. exercise, relaxation/meditation, diet etc.  Having depression can be a battle sometimes if you haven’t got the right support and advice, that’s where I hope I can help and contribute in every way I know how. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Very informative read and excellent that you are tackling difficult subjects with an honest and open approach. I have on and off suffered with depression and anxiety over the past ten years. Originally I was prescribed the anti-depressant medications and is stopped taking these due to feeling like a zombie for the most part – i then started to look towards natural ways that I could help myself. Here is what helped me: stopped drinking alcohol (alcohol and depression are the worse…) i cleaned up my diet and started to go running and take on more excercise. Running really helped me – and any excercise does. I always say to people don’t look for a miracle cure in a tablet – yes they can help, but there are a lot of things you can do yourself and you have to want to get better. Others things that helped me – surrounding myself with positive people and practicing the law of attraction also. All the best. Rick

    • Hi Ricky

      Healing from depression is not one dimensional. As you say it would be great if we could take a tablet and be done with it that way but mostly it takes an holistic approach to it, but taking care of your spiritual health i.e. mindfulness, relaxation, meditation, and yes as you said surrounding yourself with positive people etc. As you have found physically taking care of yourself through exercise and diet helps a great deal as well. You have to be the one who takes control of your healing and though of course seek help but dont be totally dependent on it. There is so much self help for depression and anxiety you can do yourself, and thats where I hope my site will help. Thank you for taking the time to comment Ricky.

  3. I know for sure that depression can be cured because I survived it. It hit me quite early when I entered into my 30’s where I seemed to ‘temporarily’ lost my direction in life.

    The word I want to emphasize here is temporary, because when most people are depressed, they feel doomed and thought negatively that they will be stuck in that negative situation for the rest of their life. That’s certainly not the case if one explore the treatment options that you’ve mentioned.

    Mindfulness and visualization work the best for me because it really reset my way of thinking which leads to positive results in my emotion and action. It took me a couple of years to get through it – no meds whatsover – and I am glad to say that I am in a happier state of mind these days.

    • Hi Cathy

      I think the frustration comes when you want it fixed immediately, or within weeks or months and when that doesnt happen people feel they are not getting better. I think Mindfulness is amazing but I have not had so much success with visualization but I know it can help a great deal. Chinese medicine is good to if you can find a good recommended practitioner. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  4. Thank you for writing this article, and helping to bring awareness to mental health issues. Depression is more common than people like to admit, and there are many treatments available if people are willing to admit they need help. We have anxiety in our family, and many of the same treatments work – mindfulness, aromatherapy and music are all great options.

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