Yesterday, Andrea left a comment on What Works for Healing Depression, which was quite different than my point of view and those of the other people who left comments. So, I decided to post it today. And Gianna left a follow-up comment.
A long time ago, I had a therapist who had been helping me with dealing with depression. Forms of exercise, vitamins, time with friends, time by myself, choice of literature...we covered quite a bit.
I did these things, set up patterns, but the depressions still happened and I complained that I could feel it coming and nothing I did could stop it.
She told me those things were to prevent the depression, or at least prevent it from coming on so strong. If I felt a depression coming, she advised I embrace it. Let it come, even help it along. Don't fight it - ride it out. Let your brain kick-start itself.
So now, when I feel depression coming on, I act like a young girl who has been rejected by a lover - I buy Hostess, watch sad movies, cry my eyes out, and curse my fate to suffer more than other humans. I know this sounds dramatic and silly, but sometimes an episode will just last an evening.
This might work because I rapid cycle, so my depressive episodes are mostly a predictable length to begin with (3-7 days). I just help speed up the process. So I don't know if this helps you, but maybe it will be of use to someone.
And Gianna wrote:
Andrea's idea is how I stopped even being depressed I embraced myself. I've shared this with you before Susan, but I'll share it for your readers. A friend and great inspiration wrote this: http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/how-i-deal-with-mental-breakdowns/
In any case, it's pretty much the same thing Andrea says although I choose to go inward and embrace it in a more meditative way, but whatever works! I still think what Andrea is doing is a version of the same thing.
What do you think about this point of view? Might it work for you? Has it worked for you?