I polled my audience asking what they most want to know about depression and the top four questions were:

  1. Why am I depressed?
  2. How can I help myself through this depression?
  3. Is there something deeply wrong with me that I can’t be happy?
  4. As an empath, how can I stop taking on other people’s energy/emotions?

Dear readers, as promised, I answered your questions in this special video below. Please keep in mind I’m not a medical professional and the insights and advice given here are strictly from my own personal experience, having struggled with major depression myself in my late teens/early twenties and coming out on the other side where joy, light, love and playfulness exist in abundance. 

And also, please be kind, this is my first video rant!  🙂 

 

What’s Covered In This Video:

  • “How can I help myself through this depression?” (00:43)
    • Tree’s story of being diagnosed with manic depression
    • To take medication or not to take meds? 
    • How Tree got better
    • Don’t underestimate the power of nutrition as a major factor in depression
  • “Is there something deeply wrong with me that I can’t be happy?” (09:53)
  • “As an empath, how can I stop taking on other people’s energy/emotions?” and “Why am I depressed?” (10:43)
    • Is it your fault?
    • The one thing I wish I knew when I was suicidally depressed (the answer to why empaths are prone to depression)
  • How to not absorb other people’s energy (15:07)
    • What are emotions, really? (a visual example)
    • Trauma & depression are stored in your body
    • You are a vessel through which energy (emotion) flows
    • The dissonance of inherently knowing the beauty of life but seeing the ugliness
    • Why everything inside you is screaming that something’s wrong
    • Putting on a smile as a highly functional depressed person

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, here are some helpful resources:

Dear Mom, I Want to Kill Myself  A personal blog post about my darkest moments

How to Meditate A personal blog post about how I used meditation instead of medication to rise out of depression (note that I am NOT against medication, it just wasn’t for me. But for many, medication truly helps lift the fog of depression)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Offers 24/7 confidential support and resources if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide. For hearing and speech impaired with TTY equipment: 1.800.799.4TTY (779-4889)

Project Hope and Beyond  A free, supportive online community for persons with unrelenting depression and anxiety, as well as their families and friends who want to better understand them. Its purpose is to offer support and hope to people whose conditions are lasting or difficult to treat, those who often fall through the cracks of today’s healthcare system.

Erika’s Lighthouse A great site raising awareness for teenage depression. Offers a quiz to find out if you need help for depression as well as a free toolbox for teens suffering from depression. 

To Write Love on Her Arms  A non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Families for Depression Awareness Helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.

MoodNetwork Turn your depression into a way to help others by sharing your experiences, thoughts and ideas with the MoodNetwork so they can find better treatment options.