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829d

I just started a new medication but I realized I have no idea what it feels like to not be depressed. Will not being depressed ever be my normal? Are there really people who aren't depressed all the time?

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    • Chrys

      829d

      Yes! There is hope. I’ve recently made heavy progress on my depression. There are times where I feel like it’s not even there anymore. Everyone is different, but with my experience, it was a gradual change that I didn’t notice until later. I get random episodes of joy, so strong to the point I cry from happiness. Life feels much more enjoyable. It very much can become a new normal; and a very welcome one at that.

    • sillysloth111

      823d

      after trying several medications, i had no hope left. just last year i finally found the medication that helps me. i know exactly how you feel and trust me, there is so much hope and so much to look forward too once you start feeling better!

    • Kirin

      823d

      I recently felt less depressed than I have for decades and it is an amazing feeling. I had come to accept that depression was my permanent normal but then I realized it may actually be possible to get better. I'm still working on it, but my recent success with my treatment has made me more hopeful than ever for relief.

    • Orange.peals

      826d

      It took me a long time to figure out myself again without the depression being constant. When you’re in it I feel like it’s so all consuming it becomes hard to find your personality without it. I still struggle sometimes.

    • Waterlemon

      827d

      I felt this! like “are there people out there who just AREN’T depressed?” truth is, we don’t really know 🤷🏽‍♀️ regardless, your situation is not rare and abnormal, and you are never alone! i know so many of us who have depression feel this way often. i feel like personally, I may not ever completely get rid of my depression, but improvement is possible! hopefully one of these days it’ll start being less depression less often, more happy more often! the best thing you could be doing is exactly what you are doing. one foot in front of the other 🤍

    • ajar

      828d

      I didn't really know what it felt like not to be anxious until I started taking medication for it. Like RinOW talked about, there was one time where I ran out of my meds before I could get my next prescription filled, and I didn't get to take it for a couple days and I learned exactly how it was helping me. But it's important to remember that your depression isn't who you are, just like a person isn't defined by a cold they have. Always take your brain cold medicine

    • RinOW

      828d

      My personal meds assist me with taking joy from activities, which I noted after missing 2 doses and had those meloncholy feelings return. I don't exactly recommend intentionally missinh doses, but I tested it a year in, and it was easier to pinpoint what it helped :)

    • ctrl_chaos

      828d

      lmao u sound like me. even though there will always be highs and lows to life, it’s insane experiencing a sense of how “normal” feels. it’s not happy or sad it’s just. normal. still able to experience emotion and enjoy the highs but enough to catch u and not let you spiral when you get to the lows. it really blew my mind when i first started my meds, i’m excited for u and wish you luck !

    • catlover_

      828d

      It’s weird in the beginning I promise. When I first started people actually commented on me saying I seemed happier even if I didn’t know I was happy

    • Moople

      828d

      I told my very first psychiatrist that I was afraid to get better because I didn’t know how to not be depressed. She just kind of smiled and told me that I didn’t have to know how; it would just happen. Honestly I was annoyed and thought that was no help at all, but it’s been almost 10 years now and my depression just feels like an illness that occasionally flares up for a week or two then calms right down. It’s so incredibly possible for depression to not be the norm. It just takes time and effort and patience. If different medications keep doing poorly, see a new Dr for fresh perspective. Try behavioral therapy if you’re able to as well. That changed my life. There is always hope ❤️

    • kellbell

      829d

      I was depressed and suicidal for about 8 years and I finally am at a place where I'm able to enjoy parts of each day, and when I'm going through a time that's extremely difficult physically and mentally, my first thought is no longer to kill myself. I'm starting to not cure my depression, but find parts of every day that I'm actually happy or content. You will get there! I don't know what helped me get there but it will happen eventually and it'll make all your suffering feel worth it (:

    • Chrys

      829d

      Yes! There is hope. I’ve recently made heavy progress on my depression. There are times where I feel like it’s not even there anymore. Everyone is different, but with my experience, it was a gradual change that I didn’t notice until later. I get random episodes of joy, so strong to the point I cry from happiness. Life feels much more enjoyable. It very much can become a new normal; and a very welcome one at that.

    • Alexandriaaaaq

      829d

      I think it could be. I try to think of it as a sheet over the world where occasionally a lighter feeling will shine through. Trying medicine for it may help that sheet be lighter. Personally, I found doing things, even little things, that make those lighter feelings shine through really helps that constant feeling. Hope this helps <3

    • ChampagneVixen

      829d

      I sometimes think about this too. There are people in this world who've never felt depressed, not even for a day. Wishing you well with your new meds. May you feel unburdened and alive and joyful soon.

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