Depressed cuz I'm Vegan

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guys i’m normally such a happy person but i swear every time veganism gets brought up i get so depressed and literally wanna kms :( i’m currently vegan and it’s rooted in my philosophy to never change that. i have but one vegan friend at the moment and it’s so hard :( i just don’t understand how there’s so much hypocrisy everywhere and it goes unnoticed or in acknowledged by the masses :(
 

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guys i’m normally such a happy person but i swear every time veganism gets brought up i get so depressed and literally wanna kms :( i’m currently vegan and it’s rooted in my philosophy to never change that. i have but one vegan friend at the moment and it’s so hard :( i just don’t understand how there’s so much hypocrisy everywhere and it goes unnoticed or in acknowledged by the masses :(
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Welcome to the forum! Plenty of good people here.

If you are literally feeling suicidal, please see professional help. Therapy and medication to treat depression can be very effective - I know from experience.
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Hey mate!
I hear you and i feel you so bad. My dearest person who i love the most (my grandmother) and spend a lot of time with is not vegan. How could she be? When she was young her family was happy as long as they had food (after the war) and if you are starving its a whole other question when it comes to diet and lifestyle. I would never force her to be vegan, even tho it makes me sad, but when i cook for us i always make her meals vegan too of course!

It can be really depressing being surrounded by kind people who aren't vegan and even worse bad people who shames vegans. BUT remember that what YOU are doing is the best you can with your situation and knowledge. Be proud of ys and spread the word. One drop here and there will finally make a pound <3
 

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IMHO, its not veganism that is making you depressed. It's your strong sense of compassion.

If your eyes hurt cause the lights were too bright I would recommend a pair of sunglasses. Maybe for now you should avoid videos and stories about animal abuse.

Or maybe you feel like things are just too dark. In which case I would seek out uplifting stories. Animal rescue stories are my favorite. Animal sanctuary stories might also help. There are some good ones here on the forum too. *

You might even try channeling some of your angst into actions. Volunteering to help animals is always a good thing. If you're interested we could give you some good ideas.

I can't remember the quote or where it's from but to paraphrase, not eating animals is the the most important thing you can do

And if you need some more vegan friends you have come to the right place.


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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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IMHO, its not veganism that is making you depressed. It's your strong sense of compassion.

If your eyes hurt cause the lights were too bright I would recommend a pair of sunglasses. Maybe for now you should avoid videos and stories about animal abuse.

Or maybe you feel like things are just too dark. In which case I would seek out uplifting stories. Animal rescue stories are my favorite. Animal sanctuary stories might also help. There are some good ones here on the forum too. *

You might even try channeling some of your angst into actions. Volunteering to help animals is always a good thing. If you're interested we could give you some good ideas.

I can't remember the quote or where it's from but to paraphrase, not eating animals is the the most important thing you can do

And if you need some more vegan friends you have come to the right place.


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welcome to the forum!

Everyone is correct, in that this is a good place to hang out, feel supported and know that we are all doing our bit to prevent animal suffering.

The tide has definitely switched toward veganism or at the very least a lot more plant-based eating. You can only live by example and provide amazing vegan food to others, when and where you can.

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Think of the serenity thing and keep reminding yourself to accept what you cannot change, courage to change the things you can, and wisdom to know the difference. Dietary alterations can result in variations of vitamins and minerals so be sure to eat a variety of foods.
 
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I believe every human worldwide has been depressed at some point in their life. Its' not fun, but it does
makes us look at our life and maybe make positive changes. Surely your depression is much more than
just because you are vegan?. I have found that depression is anger turned inward. We can all to put our energy
into something positive, such as volunteer at a homeless shelter, or help someone who cannot read, etcetera.
In addition, we vegans can be deficient in certain nutrients that CAN lead to depression. Taking extra magnesium,
zinc, D3, omega 3 fats (found in flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds) and B12 may help. You can find a clinical
nutritionist/registered dietician and get a blood test done to see where your nutrient levels are. Getting a blood
test recently, helped me in many ways. See this study. Impact of Supplementation and Nutritional Interventions on Pathogenic Processes of Mood Disorders: A Review of the Evidence
 

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Depression can be a chronic illness and isn't necessarily correlated with one's situation. But it's not strange to feel saddened by how everyone else treats other animals and the fact it doesn't seem to worry them. If it IS overwhelming you, I'd suggest steering clear of the usual vegan echo chambers. My wife used to follow every vegan FB page going; all that meant was a never-ending stream of awful images and information. It would the same if you watched a never-ending stream of videos of animals being killed and eaten in the wild. You don't need that stuff. You can't change the world, but you can be the best you that you want to be. And that, really, is enough.
 
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I believe every human worldwide has been depressed at some point in their life. Its' not fun, but it does
makes us look at our life and maybe make positive changes. Surely your depression is much more than
just because you are vegan?. I have found that depression is anger turned inward. We can all to put our energy
into something positive, such as volunteer at a homeless shelter, or help someone who cannot read, etcetera.
In addition, we vegans can be deficient in certain nutrients that CAN lead to depression. Taking extra magnesium,
zinc, D3, omega 3 fats (found in flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds) and B12 may help. You can find a clinical
nutritionist/registered dietician and get a blood test done to see where your nutrient levels are. Getting a blood
test recently, helped me in many ways. See this study. Impact of Supplementation and Nutritional Interventions on Pathogenic Processes of Mood Disorders: A Review of the Evidence
I was along the same idea. It's what I meant by a change in vitamins and minerals. Lessening those 'junk food snacks' or lacking nutrients can change moods. B vitamins in general are known to be positive mood enhancers. One has to experiment with various foods and supplements to find which work best for the individual. Some do better with an even keel (B6), some like an increase in energy (B12), and some prefer relaxation (Mg). There are plenty of other examples to try, again depends on the person. I get to sleep faster with low does melatonin and rest better with a higher dose extended release melatonin which helps keep me on an even keel.
 

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I really wish that you will find better companionship where you may feel the warmth of togetherness and well-being that we all need.
 

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guys i’m normally such a happy person but i swear every time veganism gets brought up i get so depressed and literally wanna kms :( i’m currently vegan and it’s rooted in my philosophy to never change that. i have but one vegan friend at the moment and it’s so hard :( i just don’t understand how there’s so much hypocrisy everywhere and it goes unnoticed or in acknowledged by the masses :(
Hello there,
I think you suffer from vystopia - the anguish of being vegan in a non-vegan world. As important as it is to help others and fight for the animals and fight for their rights and the rights of other sentient beings, it is also equally important to look after yourself and do the things you enjoy. Please, take the best possible care of your own mind and body as well. Meditation, fresh air, exercise, being in nature, hypnosis, self-help books, cleaning and grooming yourself, giving yourself a relaxing bath, being read to, reading a favourite book, watching a favourite movie or programme, playing with animals, volunteering, fundraising, playing a favourite game, socialising with and talking with loved ones and trusted friends about your feelings and issues, stroking animals, going out, treating yourself to lovely vegan food, eating foods that are good for your mental health (blueberries, walnuts, sauerkraut and kimchi) are all examples of good care for your mind.
Also, PLEASE never be discouraged from peacefully and kindly fighting for the animals and speaking up for them. Please also be sure to have your friends and family read/watch some of the documentaries/books/articles/magazines that inspired you to go vegan, if there or any, or just have them watch “Live and Let Live”, “Earthlings”, “Dominion”, “Forks Over Knives”, “Cowspiracy” or “Seaspiracy”, and/or videos by YouTubers like Joey Carbstrong, Earthling Ed, Humane Hancock and Bitesize Vegan.
I love you and send lots and lots and lots of love out to you.
Thanks.