Depression has been with me for most of my adult life. after recovering from a surgery that had left me bed-ridden for most of a year, the depression i had felt before the surgery got worse. coming off the painkillers and realising i had a lot of work to get back on my feet. depression affects me by removing most of my motivation and stopping me doing practically anything.
Firstly I began making lists of things I would want to do during the day; these could be challenging things, but also could include more mundane tasks like watering the plants. as i completed tasks i would check them off and by the end of the day i could see the progress i made. knowing I had achieved many, though minors, things during the day helped me feel like I had done something.
I also decided to remove myself from social media accounts. reducing myself to only a couple of things that i would check occasionally. i found my self-esteem improved dramatically and I found myself much more productive.
Medication:Though I have never taken medication for my mental health. I wouldn't discourage anyone from taking medication if they felt they needed to. I would also encourage doing other things alongside taking medication; such as exercise or joining a social club or doing a hobby.
Therapy: I was unable to get any therapy.