Last night my older sister had a blow up at me (she's much older than me, has her own family, sees me maybe once every 3 months) about my depression and anxiety. She said some really mean things to me that I don't feel comfortable posting, but the thing that got to me the most was her saying "the least you could do is get on meds and be fully functional." In my opinion, I am fully functional. I'm studying for my GED after trying out different methods of schooling and realizing they weren't for me and also being very behind in credits after missing tons of school due to caring for a terminally ill family member junior year, I currently have two different job offers for local barns (fingers crossed, I'm so excited!), I'm saving money and budget wisely. I don't wish to be on meds. I've tried them in the past and hated the side effects and way they made me feel. I also think society is overmedicated and I would rather make changes to my lifestyle and thinking than to go on pills.
I guess I was wondering if anyone here has beaten or at least kept depression or anxiety at bay and didnt use meds? Or if anyone has any methods they've tried or have heard of? I've started doing yoga and meditation. I was up to a month and a half without a panic attack or blue day before our spat last night.
Thanks for any and all help guys!