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depressed again

Greetings to everyone,
I am Mona Tiwari
I am a teacher, teaching in private school.
This covid time is very tough. Salary had stopped coming from schools,
the means of earning money was reduced.
Savings which were only in name also started getting empty. And there was daily fear whether
I had got covid, I was very depressed, didn't know what to do.
I can't even tell how dangerous I was thinking at that time, and
was afraid that something might go wrong with me.
But with time everything went well, my depression also reduced a lot, it was completely gone.
So if anyone is scared, all I can give is a suggestion, let the time pass,
Should do meditation, yoga, music is best friend.
I started using the internet a lot, because what else would I do if I used to sit empty all day.
Read a lot of books, visited a lot of mental related websites,
listened to music, consulted doctors, and it really helped a lot.

but even today I Feel somehow depressed, don't know what I am thinking about.

how to get completely rid of it?
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I'm sorry you are feeling depressed. It sounds like a low level of depression. My doctor calls that dysthymia.  https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/feeling-down-it-could-be-low-level-depression  I really like the way this article I've posted a link to that you can copy and paste to read (into your browser).  It says that mood comes in different hues.  So true. How it affects us is probably the best road map to what to do.  If it is pervasive, persistent and interrupts our life significantly, It makes sense to make sure to visit a doctor, psychologist, etc.

Most often, low level depression doesn't just go away.  One thing to do if you have dysthymia is to get some blood work done. Our  hormones can cause it as well as hypothyroidism.  Checking your thyroid would be a good idea to rule out an issue with that.

What about talking to a psychologist for some coping skills. I agree lifestyle things also can help.  Exercise, eating right, sleeping well.  Meditation, journaling, breathing exercises.
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Gee, they have a name for everything in the current diagnostic manual, don't they?  How do we know low level depression doesn't just go away?  Just asking, because I'm guessing those who have it don't seek help for it and so how would we know?  Psychiatrists and psychologist aren't required to report anything about anything to anyone, and nobody would go to a hospital for something like that where they do have reporting requirements, so again, how would we actually know that?  There's so much information out there but not much of it is what we call factual.  How do we differentiate low level depression from feeling legitimately sad about things that really did go really wrong?  I ask this not to question it, but because I don't know the answer.  I have this crazy illness that came out of nowhere it seems, but if you go back far enough, you can always find reasons.  Might be the cause, might not be.  Then it got a whole lot crazier because of the medication I took for it and now it's completely untreatable.  But before all this, I still had down times and up times and really down times and really up times and if the down times are all an illness than so are the up times?  Again, the last couple of diagnostic manuals have made virtually all human behavior an illness, which is why so many psychologists and psychiatrists opposed them but lost to the organization that writes it.  I'm just confused nowadays as to what's an illness and what's just being alive.  I would kill for just "low level depression."  But before I got really sick, I wouldn't have liked it at all.  Used to be, there was a well-defined difference between being sick and not being sick.  Not so much anymore.  Peace, all.  
Dysthymia was what I was diagnosed with 25 years ago.  It's not a new term.
Dysthymia was first written about in 1844.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9298424/  It's been in all of the DSM manuals. It's a documented subcategory of depression in which you are mildly depressed persistently. This gives some good information on it in case anyone is interested in reading about it.https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/290686-overview  It's still depression. Dysthymia isn't short or like the blues. It's depression.  But like having a flat mood with no joy, ever.  But not lay in your bed and can't get up either. A low level depression doesn't mean you aren't depressed. I wasn't suicidal or unable to function but I was depressed just the same.  Once I took medication for it, it really became apparent at how bad I had been feeling as the depression lifted.  Anyway, dysthymia has been used to describe certain types of depression for eons.
I stand partly corrected, I guess this is the name they officially gave what for centuries was called melancholy or melancholia.  Meaning, persistent sadness.  But that wasn't my main point, which was, when you're seriously ill you wish you were mildly ill.  When you're not ill at all and become mildly ill, it really hurts.  And that the solution to mild illness isn't medication, because medication causes its own problems and is often then taken for long periods of time when it was only intended to be used for a short period of time.  Quitting them is very hard, and side effects can become permanent parts of your life long after you stop taking the drugs.  So what I was saying was how hard it is to deal with this stuff, and differentiating life's permanent difficulty from an illness and differentiating when an illness requires meds and when it require one to do some hard work.  This doesn't only apply to mental issues, it also applies to elevated BP or cholesterol or a myriad of problems that we're just too quick to turn to those magic little pills or fancy diagnostic terms instead of looking at our lives and changing them.  Which is really hard but produces permanent changes.  I'm glad it worked out well for you, though, if it in fact did.  Peace.
It's actually evolved from there to Persistent Depressive Disorder or PDD. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/persistent-depressive-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20350929  Low level depression is still depression.  Still a major drain on life, sadly. Treatment worked for me and I didn't have issues coming and going from SSRI's.  So, we all have to go by our own experience.  I was thankful, very thankful for relief. And PDD is longer lasting than a bout of major depression.  
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Okay, you do meditation and yoga.  What do they teach?  Acceptance and not judging.  I don't think you do completely get rid of a sense of loss when you have in fact lost something, but you accept it and don't judge it and keep on keeping on.  It's very hard to do and very easy to say, but that's the key.  If watching humans prolong this pandemic and make it worse through political populism and sheer stupidity isn't at least somewhat depressing, you're not alive.  If it does, however, continue, get worse, and become chronic and interfere with your ability to live your life, then seeing a therapist, which can be done online if you have to, is something that might help.
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Also, make sure you do know the difference between sadness, grief, disappointment and depression.  The latter is a chronic mental illness.  The others are an inevitable part of life unless you have no feeling.

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