This thread is all about solutions to feeling depressed or down. What helps for me might not work for others, and if some of the others here are able to figure a way out of depression successfully, I am interested in hearing about how they do it.
For me, it took a combination of several things.
Anti-depressants did very little for me. Yeah, they took the edge off, but they did not deal with my core issues.
I had to start being honest with everybody around me. Dishonesty was only making my depression much, much worse. Breaking those chains was surprisingly painless.
I had to be willing to get rid of the depression. It was too comfortable for me to be in that spot that I had been in for most of my life.
For me, partaking in honest prayer helps. Getting out of my apartment and making friends helps. Being more responsible with my money helps. No longer partaking in any substances also helps.
But the thing that helps me the most is trying to find where I can be of some use to others, and actually jumping in wherever that can be applicable.
Those are the things that I do these days to keep the depression away, and they seem to be working.
If there are any other methods that people use to stay out of the dark realms of deep depression, I am interested in hearing about them, though. So, I'll end this post here and listen to what others have to say on the subject.