180 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes and exactly 5 seconds...
Then it's over...
There is no one size fits all answer. You decide when your depression ends because you are the one who is thinking. You are the one who is thinking over and over again.
Depression is nothing but being stuck in thoughts. Negative thoughts, and that's an addiction.
When you are depressed you aren't aware of being addicted. You try to idealize things. Looking for Methadone because you cannot have Heroin. And you are feeding and feeding again. Giving yourself a fix.
And if you know anyone who has an 'official' addiction like alcoholism you likely know how they are struggling in life. To put it mildly.
So this is very complex. Some may have a depression which lasts a few days. Some may last a few weeks and some may never end.
It mainly depends on the person itself not primarily on the environment.
Or do you think if someone says 'get over it' or 'move on' the depression is gone instantly? No, the person itself has to make this decision in his/her mind.
Then and only then recovery is possible.
You can help the person the best you can, support him, do everything you can but in the end its the person itself who is thinking. Who has to make the decision.
And if the person isn't ready yet then the person simply isn't ready yet.
You need a trigger, an event, something that's radical. A moment when there's a click inside your mind and you make a decision that you no longer want to fight.
That you no longer can take the pain.
You are fed up with the depression. The only thing you want is to get rid of it.
That's the initial ignition to get in recovery mode. That's the starting point you need, because this is the steady boost that keeps you moving forward.
If that's not the case, then you haven't reached that point yet. It's not bad enough yet.
But it's impossible to predict an absolute exact time frame on how long a depressive episode lasts.
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