Do you ever want to just hide from everybody and pretend “I am not here” when you are dealing with depression? Even though that is one way to deal with depression, you can learn how to deal with depression without medication without hiding.
It’s really a common trait for people in depression to want to stop expending the effort to respond to everyday life. But the more you isolate yourself, the deeper you will go.
When you withdraw and isolate yourself from everyday, and new experiences, you are digging a deeper hole, and are admitting surrender. You are saying to inner most self that you are beat, you are a victim of all of the circumstances and forces that are just too powerful to deal with.
In order for you to deal with depression without medication you are going to have to push through the pull of isolation, and expend some energy to move.
Instead of withdrawing take some action to set some goals for yourself to move, get up, get out. Force yourself to take some intentional steps towards stopping the hurtful situations, and go to work on building some patterns that are helpful, enjoyable, and productive.
Make some assessments of your life and your relationships and look for some improved ways of handling the ones that are causing you grief.
Write on a piece of paper “do not make assumptions” and stick it on your mirror, on your refrigerator, on the phone, on the door, on your forehead. How ever you do it, commit to yourself that you will learn the skill of asking questions, instead of assuming answers that later lead to let downs, misunderstandings, and depression.
The best way to deal with depression without medication is to see what’s causing it, and work to change the circumstances, or the way you deal with those circumstances.