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How to recover from depression?

Hare Krishna! Thanks for your question. If you have clinical depression you should see a medical professional. But there are many things you can do to help with depression. First of all you should understand that it is not abnormal to be depressed. The material world is a depressing place. Because we are spiritual and belong in an environment that is eternal and happy, we find it depressing to be in a world that is full of birth, death, disease and old age. Because we are meant to get our happiness from Krishna, we are disappointed when we try to get happiness from things which are temporary and which continuously leave us dissatisfied.

In order to keep from becoming depressed, it is best to get our pleasure from an eternal source as much as possible. That would mean chanting Hare Krishna, associating with devotees and the Deity, reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is , eating only food cooked for and offered to Krishna!

If you do these things it will definitely help you become more peaceful and more aware of the unnatural situation you are in, in the material world. It will also help you to become more and more aware of your eternal loving relationship with Krishna as an eternal spirit soul. This will help you overcome depression.

Hope this is helpful.
Your servant,
Laxmimoni dasi