Hey i am 21 year old male, i had been sick for a while i can't explain what i had exactly but in short cause of this sickness it took me almost a year to get cured so during this year i wasn't myself i wasn't able to study, workout, nor work basically can't do anything all time dizzy and unconscious and short of breath so now i am cured i guess but i still have some side effects... Apparently i have depression now, i know that depression is not state of being unhappy like i can't just decide to be happy and get rid of it xD so how does people usually get rid of it other than meds or psychiatrist cause i believe i can work on it myself i just need a guide on where to start.
Also i have stress is it related to depression? Like something i just get stressed and black-out i hurt myself unconsciously, sometimes i scratch my arm or my legs or hit my head on the wall, with my fist idk i just hurt myself unconsciously and i feel like i need to feel pain to wake myself up from this, and it doesn't have to be something frustrating literally anything can get me stressed sometimes i am able to control my breathing before i lose my consciousness sometimes not but it just gets triggerd by any simple thing such as for example if i tried to study, i get a headache and i need to rest to cool my head down otherwise if i tried to force it i will get mad and lose consciousness... I know how illogical it sound but yeah im trying to fight it and study so i hope anyone can help and set me on track :)
So that is one suggestion. Other things. What about behavioral activation? I like this as it basically means start forcing yourself to do the things you need to do and want to do. Just power through and by doing that, you begin to 'feel' more normal and it goes back to normal. Make a list of things you have always liked. Your core values too. And start doing things surrounding those. It kind of pushes you back to your self that you long to be again.
Do you know what the amygdala is? This is part of our brain. It's responsible for fight, fright or freeze. in the old days, it would save you from wolves. ha. But now, it just starts a physical response to a perceived danger. The problem is, once the amygdala gets over reactive, it will trigger the response over things that do not warrant it. Fire alarm just when something is hot. You can look up hijacked amygdala to read about it. I like this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6rrcqoKniQ It talks about how to calm it.
Try to eat well, get rest and EXERCISE. Are you able to go do 'some things' that you want to?