"Before anything, make sure you got your shit straight man..If you do have some struggles with life, get the appropriate support via family, friends, professionals,etc."
I then followed with a motivational speech to answer the OP's question of : "So how do you guys workout when your depressed?"
I was answering his question with my perspective..NOT telling him he should follow solely on my "push through it" advice which is obviously the wrong way to handle this. I recommended seeking guidance from professionals, family, etc. The rest was pure motivation in which he asked opinions for.
Last edited by Whoopipally; 06-26-2012 at 12:42 AM.
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"All people dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous ones, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible."
sorry Whoopipally, i wasnt meaning to single out anything you specifically said. i get what you are sayin.
i never did respond directly to what OP was asking.. oops, well what id say about motivating yourself to work out is this. there will be days where no matter what you do you just arent going to feel like hitting the gym. this kinda goes along with what i was saying as far learning to live with your illness rather than trying to fix it. i have my days that there just isnt a force on earth strong enough to make me want to go to the gym that day. youve just got to come to accept that and try not to let one missed session turn into 2, then 3, then the next thing you know you havent lifted for a month.
if you miss a day, just try to let it be at that. ONE day, then try again the next time.
I may have "Love" on my head, but i have Hate in my heart.
In fact I find many adults respond rather well to anti-depressants. Hell, my mother used to take them and now she's turned her life around, juggling 2 jobs and bringing in 6 figures.
However the story changes as it applies to youth IMO, which is why I find it hard to recommend them to the OP or any teen. My personal experience (not myself but others I know) has shown me that there is a higher incidence of reliance on these drugs when they are taken as a teen. I've read similar experiences, but I'll admit I haven't read studies that conclude such. The same applies to other drugs as well, recreational or medical. Then if we look at the drastic hormonal changes that occur during these years, it seems somewhat logical to be weary of these drugs, much like I wouldn't recommend AAS to someone until they are of the right age either.
With that said, suffering through depression throughout your teen years and onwards without effective treatment can in itself be rather unhealthy for the future state of your mental health, so it's tricky.
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"I added some db curls with the pink weights for a bit of a burn." - Rookiebldr
"im assuming the holy (big) 3 are: curls, bench, legs?" - Saggas
"had a huge ass burn on my triceps while I was doing those kickbacks, so they'll likely be staying with my exercise program." - Zearoth
"most of my burned calories coming from something called Basal. Wtf does a leaf have to do with any of it?" - Votorx
"We have a lot of people like that on our campus, all hippies and things, that go around preaching against corporations, jocks, preps, accountants, and anyone else that feels the need to shower more than occasionally." - Shankerr
"Damn man why are some women just so demonic and evil.. its like you wanna get a stake and mallet and an erection at the same time." - WBBIRL
Try to find some badass music that you can get lost in. I'm not talking "good lifting music". I'm talking music you can sit down to and listen intently and think a lot about, as well as listen+smash weights to. I like Tool, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold for those purposes. Although Bowie isn't too good to SFW to.
21 - 5'11'' - 180 lb
PR's - Squat 350 | Bench 290 | Deadlift 400.4 | BW 203
P Clean 98 KG | Jerk 106 | Full Clean 106 |
Philippians 4:13 - "I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me."
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OP - Definitely see someone about your depression. Nobody on here can really tell how much of it is coming off the drug abuse and how much of it is actually you as a person. Watching the video posted above is a great way to understanding depression and how it works/feels. Don't feel any shame.
I suffered, and still do, from anxiety and depression. I'm on 4 different meds. I want off 2 of the meds. I fall into a category of people who were 'over prescribed'. That's my own personal battle.
Support is the first step. This is a disease just like cancer. You need people around you who understand what it is you're going through. Get them books, leaflets or any sort of free information for them to read so they can better understand what it is that is happening with you. Sometimes that support can be enough to bring you to a point where you may not need medication. I didn't have the support so the only option for me, at least from what I though, was medication. I still don't have the support, there's still an unfortunate stigma associated with mental health issues where I'm from. Finding a group of people who suffer the same as you and talking is a great way to let go of 'some' of the pain.
When I'm at a low point, I actually go online to some youtube videos of big guys training with some wicked background music. For me, this works. It gets me thinking about the gym, about getting big, about all that I like about going. It may not work for you, but give it a try, you never know.
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