Beyond the Black: Coping with Depression

I have found that depression, while it causes fairly universal symptoms, affects people very differently. My friend spends a lot of time outdoors, reading, listening to music or talking with someone to help cope with her depression. She revels in the sunlight and calmness of a natural environment. I am the opposite. I find it easier to cope with my depression by staying indoors, alone. I like to read, watch movies, listen to music, take baths, and nap periodically.

Others who struggle with depression like to watch something happy and cheerful, usually with a comedic aspect, to brighten their mood. However, I find that seeing something so happy makes me feel worse. It makes me think why can’t that be me? Why do I feel like this? It makes me resent the happy-go-lucky people I see on the screen, pulling me deeper into my depressive episode.

Instead, I make a big mug of something warm, like tea or hot chocolate, snuggle into my blankets and pillows, and watch or listen to something that I know will make me cry. I find the characters, emotions, and scenarios more relatable than reality. I cry along with them, allowing myself to feel release from my own struggles. Depression makes me feel numb, so I appreciate being able to feel the sadness. I find comfort in knowing that while I’m alone, I’m not alone in my pain.

Below, I’ve listed some of my favourite movies to watch and songs to listen to when I’m experiencing a depressive episode. Hopefully they provide someone else with the same comfort they give to me. Remember, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll always come out stronger than before, and you’re never truly alone. <3

Movies to Watch:

A Walk to Remember

Marley and Me

If I stay

Remember Me

The Fox and the Hound

Bridge to Terabithia

Big Hero 6

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Silver Linings Playbook

Soul Surfer

The Fault in Our Stars

Big Fish

Songs to Listen To:

Do You Feel It by Chaos Chaos

The Night We Met by Lord Huron

Grand Piano by Nicki Minaj

Sober by Demi Lovato

Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne

Numb by Linkin Park

Heart like Yours by Williamette Stone

Not Cut Out by Katy McAllister

Stay by Sugarland

Little Do You Know by Alex & Sierra

For the Love of a Daughter by Demi Lovato

Disaster Hearts by I Fight Dragons

Don’t Forget About Me by Emphatic

“Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.”

- Atticus

By: @shantilly_13

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