People with depression discuss a range of management techniques for dealing with their condition.
Helen - In the good times I try to work on the positive things. I'm positively putting into my life things that I know I will enjoy and that will boost my self-esteem and sense of wellbeing.

Matt - I moved house recently, to make a fresh start. I've experimented with things that I'm interested in. I've been taking an art class, taking up new sporting hobbies and that sort of thing.

Carole and Scott - You really need to get out and socialise, not just with other sufferers, but also with people who aren't suffering from a mental illness. So that you have a balance of both worlds and you get both form of support.

Wendy - I've tried different treatments: relaxation, yoga and just straight counselling without drug therapy and things like that. Those have helped in various ways, but you need to look intelligently at them and talk to the health professional you're seeing about it. Work out what is actually working for you, and if it isn't working, look at alternatives.

Carole and Scott - I've had to be really careful with my own health and wellbeing, my own needs as well. I'm really careful to make sure that I'm getting enough sleep and that I get a bit of quiet and peace as well, and make sure that I've got people I can talk to.

Wendy - Through reading and learning about it, I've start to question the treatment I'm receiving and perhaps make the treatment better. I don't treat myself, I always go to my professionals: my psychiatrist and my psychologist and ask them for advice. It gives you a chance to learn more about why - and it just explains so much.

Carole and Scott - It's just so comforting to read about other people, to know that what I'm experiencing isn't crazy or strange or unique in some way. Other people have been where I have.

Helen - In recent years, I've discovered gardening and found that it's an enormous relaxation, and you just go into another world with gardening. I have always found other things to do.

Carole and Scott - I used to have problems getting to sleep and I'd be sleeping 2 or 3 hours per night. But then halfway through this period of depression, something switched and now I'm needing 12 or 14 hours a night. Which is a kind of relief in a way, because I know that if things are getting really bad, I'll just go to bed.

Helen - You don't have to be 100%, 100% of the time. I think I have borne a burden for a lot of my life - wanting to be the best.

Carole and Scott - The next day is always difference. It may be better or it may be worse, but it's always different. Every day starts anew.

Helen - Accepting that there are days that won't go very well. Realising that for everyone out there, there are things that don't go well.

Carole and Scott - Qualities have developed in me that perhaps weren't there before, or perhaps were undeveloped. They have needed to be developed in order for me to survive this. These very qualities will be helpful to me in the future.

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