Hello, all. I have been trying a new tactic to combat depression, and it seems to be working wonderfully, so I thought I'd share and see if it helps anyone else.
I have been approaching the problem of sadness from an extremely empirical point of view. I pay the closest attention to my mood, and when it changes, and draw conclusions based on that. For example, I was wallowing in misery one day a couple of weeks ago, when I somehow managed to get up, walk to the kitchen, and make myself dinner. I hadn't eaten all day, and when I had finished the meal, I noticed that my mood was noticeably better. Pretty obvious, right? Well, ever since, when I recognize that I'm down there in that pit, one of my primary strategies is to make myself go make some food, because I know I will be happier after it. It's a logical leap the first couple of times, but I think of it as "If I perform this action, I will feel better." This is one of the simple techniques that I use; there are many others, like piling up my bed with books and other random crap so I have to keep moving and not just lie down.
The idea is to contextualize sadness as a problem, like a logic puzzle or something you're trying to figure out. It's impossible to fight a faceless enemy, but when you have a clearly defined problem and a reason to solve it, the ideas come faster, and you can try and see if they work. It's possible that what I'm describing is nothing but a heavy dose of the placebo effect, but hey, the placebo effect is a tool too. Whatever works.
Anyways, I'm not sure if this will help anyone else, but I think it's worth a shot, to keep some kind of a mood journal and try to pin down what exactly changes your moods. Feel free to PM me if you need to talk or if you think this will help and want more details or something. Good luck to everyone out there, and stay strong.