I went completely wibble several years ago. Medication had no effect whatsoever. Cognitive therapy likewise. I started to get better when I did two things. Number 1, I got out of the job that was causing the depression. Number 2, I made a conscious decision to be happy.
Originally Posted by NowhereMan
For Number 2, I recommend reading The Art of Happiness written by Howard C. Cutler on the thoughts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Simply put, we don't need stuff to be happy, we need good relationships with others. I found that to get the good relationships, be nice to others and (in the beginning pretend if necessary) smile & be happy. Helping other people makes us feel better about ourselves and has the additional benefits of us being happier and living longer. I also discovered a motto that works for me:- A positive attitude may not solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile (Herm Albright, American Author).
Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.