For those struggling with depression, our response to a post on +Quora may assist you in your recovery:
I am sorry for your pain. It is good that you recognize that you need help and that your current resources are not helping you. And, writing here for help demonstrates hope.
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – Bernard Williams
You don’t wish to end it. You wish to figure out how to manage the pain and how to move forward in the midst of your pain. You wrote that your condition began at Christmas 2017. Was there an event that caused you to become depressed? If so, understanding what caused your depression may help you to recover.
Your situation may be more complex than a single event, but determining the source of your pain is the beginning of your recovery. It may sound like a very simple approach, but it will help you. Try writing down what depresses and/or hurts you. Then, look at potential solutions to the issues. Some solutions may be accomplished easily, others may take some time to resolve or require you to accept that the issue(s) are beyond your control. Acceptance of that which is beyond your control will help you to heal.
Finally, do things to build you up and bring you happiness. Volunteering is one way to help you as you help others. I would suggest that you do not over-extend yourself, but it is important to focus your energy on more than your pain. Create new memories for yourself by experiencing new places, people and activities. And, most importantly focus upon love – for self, for those whom you love and who truly love you.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
-William K. Purkey
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