55 Interviews With People Struggling With Depression

We have interviewed 55 people who have struggled with depression. These stories are full of tips on how to overcome depression.

Most recent stories of people struggling with depression

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I’ve interviewed 55 people struggling with depression, and here are the top 5 most mentioned tips that helped these people overcome it:

  1. Therapy (31 people helped)
  2. Self-improvement (21 people helped)
  3. Self-Care (21 people helped)
  4. Social support (20 people helped)
  5. Reinventing yourself (16 people helped)

In our many years of publishing helpful mental health content, we always received questions from our readers about specific situations. While we have a lot of helpful tips to share on how to be happier, we simply can’t offer advice for every situation.

That’s why I've set out to interview folks with every type of mental health struggle. My job as an interviewer is to categorize these interviews and present them in a way that is most helpful to our readers.

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Sharanya Ramakrishnan Featured Image

How I Navigated Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attacks As I Settled Abroad in a New World

"The part that was hardest to deal with was waking up every day, for months, going through your day, and doing the bare minimum. Because I just could not find a reason to do anything. I did not have the energy to live my life and that crushed me the most."

Beth Romero Featured Image

My Journey From Rock Bottom to Living With Intention and Cultivating Happiness Everyday

"Isolation, ruminating thoughts of my father dying by himself, alone and scared, surrounded only by occasional strangers in hazmatlike PPE clothing (this was a particularly effective form of emotional cutting and torture); junk food; not getting out of bed or showering; not answering my phone; and lots of wine—like red Solo cups full. I was a train wreck. Plain and simple."

Raneisha Stassin Featured Image

How I Got Better at Navigating BPD With Self-Care, Inner Work and Peer Support

"In the past, I didn’t understand my behavior or intense mood swings, but now I understand much of it is rooted in past trauma. Nearly everything in regard to close personal relationships can trigger or set me off. I often describe it as living life with no skin. Everything hurts and my brain interprets every single interaction as a threat or rejection."

Rob Kalwarowsky Featured Image

How a Toxic Boss Pushed Me to Into a Depression and How I Bounced Back

"In my first job in mining, I saved my company millions. I thought I was on the fast track to success and happiness, but it all came crashing down. I had a toxic boss and it led me to turn in on myself. Day by day, my manager ground me down. He made me question my choices at work, then my purpose, then whether my life itself had any meaning..."

My Journey From Moving Abroad and Loneliness to Finding Happiness in Myself

"Leaving my home country and studying abroad presented its own set of challenges. I experienced months of intense loneliness, barely leaving my student hall. I slept during the day, avoiding people for weeks. I felt emotionally numb, happy for others' successes but powerless in my own life."

Karina Jugo Featured Image

My Experience With Grief and Depression and Why Social Support is so Important

"I couldn’t perform simple tasks like cleaning the bathroom or planning the weekly menu. Thinking of what to cook for the next meal was overwhelming. Little things like the water pump conking out, the dogs missing a feeding, or my household helper going on her weekend off seemed like the end of the world. I had to stop driving because I would have a panic attack at the most unexpected moments."

Rita Vilhena Featured Image

How I Learned to Manage Depression and BPD Through Art and Self-Development

"Do not listen to people who have achieved nothing in life, especially if you are an overachiever and ambitious person, if you have a dream, run after your dream, God has plans for you and he gifted each one of us with something. My gift was in the arts and since I was 14 years old I’ve been after that dream, even if my own family has tried to “cut off” my legs. Fight for your dream, when things are being the hardest and you’re ready to quit, that is when you shouldn’t quit because big things are coming."