Understanding Depression and Harry Potter’s Dementors

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  1. Very good analogy.

    The point you make about social connections/ support is an important one, yet unfortunately not everybody has access to that. Sometimes the people around you just don’t want to know.
    It just makes the problem worse when you find yourself having to explain this type of thing to people over and over and over. It’s extremely draining ( and frustrating, as it’s not really a very difficult concept to grasp!).

    I find- as a natural introvert- that I fare better AWAY from other people when I’m feeling low. ( and… in general, haha). However, this is only because solitude is my natural comfort zone, AND I’ve been dealing with this for many years, so have learnt how to “ride it out” in my own way. I’ve come to see it like the weather. I just tell myself that- much like the weather- this WILL pass, and I WILL feel better at some stage. ( And I always do).

    As for treatment, I found Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in conjunction with Mindfulness meditation extremely helpful and effective. It takes some time, of course, but I personally found this approach practical and empowering. You definitely need a GOOD psychologist that you feel very comfortable with in order to get the most out of it, but I would definitely recommend it- especially if medication isn’t helping ( as was the case with me).

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s so important to have a support system, but I understand that not everyone has access to that. It’s disheartening to have to constantly explain such a personal and complex issue to those who don’t seem to understand. But it’s wonderful to hear that you’ve found solace in solitude and have learned to “ride it out” in your own way. Your analogy of comparing it to the weather is a brilliant one, and the fact that you always feel better at some stage is incredibly encouraging.

      I’m glad to hear that you found Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness meditation helpful in your journey towards healing. It’s a brave and empowering decision to seek therapy, and I hope that others who may be struggling can find the same level of comfort and support that you did. Finding a good psychologist that you feel comfortable with can make all the difference, and I believe your recommendation will be valuable to many people.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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  2. For me, gardening is a godsend and writing. I find when dealing with my depression, I tend to do things which are small but satisfying. Tending my plants, enjoying how they thrive. I find I do not relate to people very well so when I am going through a bad patch, I avoid them. Happy people don’t make me feel better, but worse. So I let my self retreat to my better places, writing, plants and piano.

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    1. I’m so glad that you have found solace in gardening and writing. It’s wonderful that you have activities that bring you joy and fulfilment, especially during times of difficulty. It sounds like you have found a special connection with your plants and that they bring you comfort. And it’s okay that happy people don’t make you feel better, it’s important to prioritize what makes you feel most comfortable and secure. Keep nurturing your plants and writing, I hope that they will continue to be a source of strength for you. 🙂

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