Self help for depression – Strategies that work and I’m the proof

by Tina Davis

in Depression Self Help

I am delighted to bring you a guest post from Tina Davis who blogs at Tranquility Now. I love Tina’s work for its refreshing optimism, which no doubt appeals to me because I so patently lack that quality. When you read Tina’s story, you’ll see that her positive approach to self help for depression is all the more remarkable considering what she has been through.

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
Walt Whitman

For those with depression, every day is not seen as a precious gift or something to be grateful for. Those that suffer from clinical or major depression see life as something to be avoided because it doesn’t matter. We have all felt down about ourselves at one point or another but for people with this disorder, the hopelessness is there all of the time and there is no escaping it.

I had clinical depression (undiagnosed) ever since I could remember. I was very alone in my pain. I had no one to confide in. My family was the type that never discussed anything emotional and my “friends” used to laugh or make fun of me whenever I went to them with a problem. It wasn’t until years later when I was in therapy for my anxiety that I really ever told anyone my story.

When I was 13 years old, I attempted suicide. But I was able to put the knife down because I realized that I wanted to grow up, go to college, get married, and maybe have a family. I began to see that I was the only one capable of making my goals a reality and there was no reason why I should feel like I wasn’t good enough to do it.

How, after a childhood of hopelessness, was I able to turn my life around? I literally sat down with a pen and paper and made a list of things I was passionate about. Then I went to work.

My Passion List


I love music. It has helped me get through the most difficult times in my life. I developed a real love for it as a child growing up in church. I loved to sing in the choir and I was always singing at home. At the age of 10, I taught myself to read sheet music and to play the recorder (it’s a type of flute). I photocopied music out of the hymn books at church and played music for hours. It really is something that I’ve gone back to again and again in my life as something that grounds me when things get rough, even today. I recently bought a keyboard and hope to teach myself how to play.


I am an avid reader. Since I’ve always had issues with social anxiety, books were something I turned to in order to escape from life. I love mostly horror novels but I will read the occasional romantic book. I’ve also always had the dream of writing a book one day, which is something I’ve also started to pursue recently.


I’ve had a love for writing ever since I learned how to do it. I used to write pages and pages of poetry. I got into fictional short stories and developed a better use of the English language. I wrote songs and tried to make music to go along with them. Creating something new gave me such a rush; it was so exciting to see an idea take shape.


I taught myself how to write HTML code and created two fan websites about two celebrity crushes that I had at the time. My one site won various fan awards and people used to claim they got all of their news about this celebrity from my website. Again, this hobby allowed my creativity to shine. There is nothing like writing a bunch of code and seeing it work online.

Developing what drives you at any age can help you do amazing things.

It may not fix everything in your life but going back to your passions again and again can motivate you and help you through the worst times. The key is to focus on the depression self help strategies that work for you

I am glad to say that depression no longer rules my life. Getting past your depression should not be seen as an unattainable goal. A willingness to put yourself out there and to work hard to achieve your goals can make depression a thing of the past for you.

What are your passions? How will you start to cultivate them to help you overcome depression today?

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About the Author

Tina Davis is a passionate life wonderer and blogger with a drive to make life as great as it can be. Find more uplifting articles from her at Tranquility Now.

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Last revised on December 7, 2012

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