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    Just wondered if anyone had any they'd like to share?

    I don't have one yet, but I'd like to think I'll have one within the next year or so. It doesn't necessarily have to be about purely depression; it could be about overcoming anxiety, loneliness or anything related. There are lots of threads on TSR about depression etc. and so it would be nice to hear from anyone who's managed to turn their life around. I know I can't be the only otherwise 'normal' person who wants nothing more than to be able to be themselves, rather than constantly feeling like some sort of undercover loony. :p:

    In all seriousness, I've lost lots to all of this rubbish, and it's only made worse by the fact that I have the tendency to appear 'normal and functioning' to the rest of the world.. most of the time. I'd like to believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think it could give lots of people some much needed hope! So fire away.
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    Hmm, i think i've just about got there. This time 2 years ago I had attempted suicide several times and was in the grip of anorexia and bulimia, very few friends or family, mother kicked me out of home etc but I think I have conquered my demons now. I'm at university and have healed my relationship with my mum and have a nice group of friends and a wonderful boyfriend. I still have those days where I feel a bit 'off', but i think all people do. It doesn't stop me living anymore and it isn't what I would term depression-just tiredness and wanting a hug or something. I have no real issues anymore and like my life and am looking toward a bright future.

    You can do it if you seek help or just take a grip on your life. Battle whatever has caused your depression. I never thought I would be happy again, but it does happen
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    I overcame OCD. I'm pretty proud of that :proud: I had an awesome therapist and a LOT of willpower and I did it :woo:
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    Yes Between the ages of 14 - 19 I battled self-harm, depression, and suicide attempts. I realised I had to change my life or face dying; which, deep down, I did not want. I realised it was my choice to be happy or not, and that happiness was something I had to work to achieve. I learnt to take care of myself, love myself, and not let others take advantage of me.

    Honestly, I do still feel a bit like an 'undercover looney' but I've come to understand that almost everyone has mental difficulties or other secrets - it's just that no one talks about it!

    Keep going... Life is wonderful once you embrace it!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I don't have one yet, but I'd like to think I'll have one within the next year or so.
    The best way to overcome depression is not to sink into the pitfall in the first place.

    Try not to find ways to get out of depression but rather focus on preventing it ever happening.
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    I'd like to have one too I'm currently undergoing CBT, hypnotherapy and a course of anti-depressants. I've had it for years and years, but I only started seeking help in October, so I'm pretty new to it still. I'd really like to be able to go back to uni in September a changed person. I hope it works. I don't really know what I'll do if it doesn't...
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    Nice idea.
    I don't have a story to tell as I have never been depressed in any major way. Though I can say I am probably the most happy I have every been atm.
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    I overcame severe depression, from never even remembering when I was last happy I wake up excited about my day, and the future. It is an awesome feeling.
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    (Original post by Double Agent)
    I overcame severe depression, from never even remembering when I was last happy I wake up excited about my day, and the future. It is an awesome feeling.
    That's really good to hear well done. I hope I'll be able to do that one day!
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    (Original post by Lil Piranha)
    That's really good to hear well done. I hope I'll be able to do that one day!
    You will, you have to believe you can get over it, because it is possible and so worth it. I didnt know it was possible to even feel this good!
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    (Original post by Double Agent)
    You will, you have to believe you can get over it, because it is possible and so worth it. I didnt know it was possible to even feel this good!
    Thanks you've made me feel a bit better now ^_^
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    Think Stephen Fry. :yep:
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    Hmm.

    I was never 'depressed', but I have a mental health disorder that is like depression. It was a really hard time, and lasted from probably when I was 12, got much much worse until I broke down at 17, and then recovered and now my life is pretty damn perfect.
    I was on ADs, and I'm still on other medication for the cause of the problem, and although I still have bad days, I also have many, many more amazing ones.
    One of my best tips is to, when you're feeling good, write a list of all the good things in your life, your good traits, the people around you etc, and look at it when you start feeling low. Also write at the end that it's okay to feel like this, and that it'll pass.
    The worst thing for me, now I'm better, is the paranoia that it'll all happen again, that I'm stupid, that I'll fail, that I won't get into Imperial, that my boyfriend isn't happy with me, that my mum doesn't care for me etc.
    But you just have to realise that in life, you have to trust something.

    This was... Longer and substantially more rambly than expected. PM or quote me if you want more info
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    Yes, yes, yes, this a thousand trillion times over!
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    (Original post by Antimatter)
    Yes, yes, yes, this a thousand trillion times over!
    As my girlfriend said last night.
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    To be fair to the people that havn't "overcome" it, I'm assuming like 65% of them comitted suicide.. so for every positive story you hear, there are two people that comitted suicide...
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    (Original post by Double Agent)
    As my girlfriend said last night.
    Lol.
    That's what he said.

    In all honesty, I just wanted to emphasise that it can get better. So much better than you could ever imagine. And it's amazing to wake up with energy, a big grin, want to get out and see people, not be scared or just want to give up and cry and curl up in a ball.
    I'm not saying I'm perfect or I'm totally over it, but I'm getting there, and I can only imagine how much better it will get :yep:
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    (Original post by Antimatter)
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    Be careful. I found I got more depressed at Imperial. Not saying you definitely will, just be aware of your moods etc.
    On the upside, the counselling is pretty good and the disabilities people seem nice, although I haven't met with them, just from emails and stuff.
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    Heya

    Yeah I have been battling with depression for about 3 years now, although it was only this time last year I got help. I have to thank my ex really as it was him that gave me the strenght to tell people and go to the doctors and get councilling etc

    Just to say to people that although Im still on anti depressants I havent selfharmed in over 6 months, and feel alot more happier and confident...

    I no longer wake up every morning wishing I hadnt....

    It is possible to get better, just think of and hold onto one memory and let that get you through the hard times!
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    My AS year was disturbing, my doctor told me I had depression but I wasn't ready to listen, I thought everyone was just over reacting and I really wanted them to leave me alone. But things were sort of spiralling out of control to the point I couldn't eat, sleep, socialise or do anything I normally used to do. I just sat in my room hating everything, especially myself.

    After a while, one of my best friends decided that enough was enough and she proceeded with pulling me out of "the hole I was in" as she described it. (Bless her.) She never gave up on me and towards April I was starting to see things a bit differently, I sort of realised how bad it had gotten and with her help I made the effort to turn things back around. As for my AS year it was already too late, I'd missed too much of school and I had no intentions of going back there again (it was horrible.)

    I turned 17 in June and decided to learn to drive, my driving instructor happened to have a Psychology degree too!
    I spent around 2 hours each week driving, and along with it she really helped me to open up and confide in her. We didn't even know each other very well but she helped me loads and set my views about experiences and about myself to the way they should be. She was really encouraging and I passed my driving test in no time too!

    After that I decided to start fresh, I didn't go back to that rotten school though, I enrolled at the local college. I'm in my A2 year now and couldn't be happier, I don't like to think about that waste of a year but in a way it had to happen for me to be where I am now.

    :')
 
 
 
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