Struggling with depression and personal hygiene and energy

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My depression is taking over. I've been dealing with this for most of my life and you'd think I'd know how to get a handle on myself by now. I have manged to learn how to keep myself safe. I cannot bring myself to eat or shower regularly. I have zero energy and would sleep all day everyday if I could. I want to participate with my family but I don't have the energy or motivation and if I manage to find it my anxiety kicks in and I back out of any plans I have made. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to get out of this before it gets any worse? 

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Struggling with depression and personal hygiene and energy

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@nmurf28 Hello nmurf23, thank you for starting this discussion. I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble coping with your anxiety and depression. Let me tag some members who can share their advice and support with you.

Hello all, how are you doing? Have you ever struggled with finding the motivation to take care of yourself when you're depressed? How do you cope with it? What can nmurf28 do to feel better?
@Smn8086@Chrissycollins@Penniedee@Cuddyliss@Rosiequartz@emma.cipoletti@Mjc123@Vini@Indiii@Pmars24@JasmineCartwright@Niffer223@kmurph27@Vickielee08091974@Alfh47@meerayoub@Delaine90‍ 

Take care,
Courtney

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Hi! 

First of all, I’m so sorry to hear that. Depression can be very difficult..

First time when I realized that my condition can be declared as depressed, I bought a dog. I had some thoughts that only cheerful and playful dog can help me. And I was right, and for 5 years I wasn’t feeling any unnecessarily sadness or anger or anxiety. 
then, I felt it again. And I tried with doctors, and all pf that stuff, but nothing. And luckily, my friend was dedicated to help me to go trough it. She helped me to get out of bed, she was like let’s go, let’s go outside to do something, and literally she was my strength and motivation. and she still is.. I’m not sure that I could do anything to help myself without her...

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@Vini thanks for the feedback. I have noticed that playing with animals does help me feel better and hopefully soon I can get a pet of my own. I'll have to make a plan with my support person to help me get up and out a little more. Being stuck inside definitely doesn't help the feelings.

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@nmurf28 

yes, definitely doesn’t help.
Try to find to volunteer somewhere with animals, maybe that will help... you will be outside, you’ll feel better knowing that you are helping and that your work and presence are worthy. Believe me, no one is more thankful and grateful than animals. When you feel that love, you will see and understand what I’m saying:) 

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@Vini  That is a great idea! I will look into that!