How to get stuff done when you are depressed | Jessica Gimeno | TEDxPilsenWomen

  • Опубликовано: 16 ноя 2015
  • Jessica Gimeno lives with bipolar disorder and wants to expand the discourse around mental health. It's not enough to just receive a diagnosis, she says, people have to learn to live with depression and other mental health issues. In her talk, she shares the techniques she's learned to help her get stuff done while depressed.
    Jessica is a warrior who fights five illnesses daily: bipolar II, polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, psoriasis, and the neuromuscular autoimmune disease Myasthenia Gravis (MG). Jessica Gimeno was valedictorian of her class, winning more than 20 speech competitions. Motivated by a friend’s suicide, she spoke to hundreds of students about mental health stigma and helped thirty students get psychiatric help. In her free time, Jessica is a diehard New Kids on the Block fan who enjoys pilates, painting, and playing with her nieces and nephews.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Lucie M
    Lucie M 4 дня назад

    I feel she talks about herself and I'm lost where is this going... no ground breaking advice for me here. Mostly her ranting.

  • DimachkaS
    DimachkaS 4 дня назад

    Great talk !

  • Are Videography
    Are Videography 5 дней назад

    how about when my depression is so bad.. that i don't even know what she's saying.. i just see her mouth move but i'm not on the same planet she is..

  • Adrian Borden
    Adrian Borden 5 дней назад +1

    ...resilience IS real.

  • B3autifu! WeirDo785
    B3autifu! WeirDo785 8 дней назад

    Wow great video

  • Hella HipHop
    Hella HipHop 8 дней назад

    Honestly, even reading these comments has been helpful today.

  • 평범한한사람
    평범한한사람 9 дней назад

    I think this was exactly what I needed to hear these past 3 years......

  • TheFrozenFire
    TheFrozenFire 9 дней назад


  • Arakquin H
    Arakquin H 10 дней назад

    thank you jessica you are an absolute inspiration. i wish there was a system that helped people finish college and have a career with mental illness. where would that be found if anyone knows?

  • Thea Mjolnir
    Thea Mjolnir 14 дней назад

    Exercise really saved my life. It gave me back a lot of functionality and she's completely right, you gotta monitor you and your moods. Take a mental health day if it's too much etc etc.

  • flabababa 11
    flabababa 11 14 дней назад

    So dam ispiring. Thanks Jessica for your dedication and your work! You are amazing!

  • Tanpopo Po
    Tanpopo Po 15 дней назад

    Thank you so much

  • Flimsy Fox
    Flimsy Fox 16 дней назад

    I think that another important thing to note here is that these strategies can be used even when you just have one bad day.

  • jmacsss
    jmacsss 18 дней назад

    She is gorgeous ❤️

  • Mercedes Broadway
    Mercedes Broadway 21 день назад

    I have depression, pcos and ibsd, this was so inspiring. I’m in therapy and I’m being tested for bipolar. I needed this.

  • Duaa T.Mohammad
    Duaa T.Mohammad 21 день назад

    It was a very inspiring talk. I found out I have been using the difficulty strategy without knowing it. It's just that at times it hits aand its never that easy to be productive enough to even tick a one-level-difficulty task off my list. However, I believe your strategies might work well for me if I considered battling it. I mean it is within us whether to be up for the challenge or not and it needs more power to believe we can ace it whenever we need to. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  • absue
    absue 22 дня назад

    I believe she's confusing depression which seems to have no rational cause with the kind of unhappiness which has an obvious cause. Both are awful, but they are different.

  • Serena Chang
    Serena Chang 22 дня назад

    She’s amazing

  • Emily Carfi
    Emily Carfi 24 дня назад +1

    I can barely even make it out of bed a majority of the time. Where can I get motivation for that? I feel as though I am too depressed to help myself. Meds only do so much. Therapy just gives me obvious answers that I can't even do, like "join a club and meet people," or "exercise," or "take a walk." I can't even get out of bed. I just lay down all day. Nothing works for me.e

    • V w
      V w 24 дня назад

      I'll be thinking about ya💗😎👍

  • Sunčica Paić
    Sunčica Paić 24 дня назад

    I would very often listen to music to deal with depression. Then, I got tinnitus and hyperacusis... Nobody talks about those issues... No cure for that...

  • Its SP
    Its SP 25 дней назад +1

    Look how cute she is in her purple dress, mumbling catch phrases and waiting to be applauded as a good girl.

  • Brittany Schank
    Brittany Schank 26 дней назад

    Fantastic video! As a mental health therapist, depression is the most common mental health diagnosis I see in the office. Thanks for spreading your knowledge 💜

  • MK Gamer
    MK Gamer 27 дней назад

    I’m planning on kms before spring of this year. I give up. There are no healthy copes that help me. I want to talk about this, all of this, but there’s just to much

  • Daniel Borg
    Daniel Borg 28 дней назад

    I am usually happy. When I remember why I feel depressed it hits me really hard and I have to watch a movie or draw or something to distract myself. 😞

  • Nerdee79
    Nerdee79 29 дней назад

    For me "ticking things of my list" just take energy. If I go grocery shopping that day or make a meal, I dont gain confidence. I get tired.

  • leila lall
    leila lall Месяц назад

    This girl is brave!

  • Su Sandy Tun
    Su Sandy Tun Месяц назад

    Thank you for your valuable advices.

  • k1773ns
    k1773ns Месяц назад

    This wasnt helpful at all... hearing her story wasnt all that inspiring to me. I feel like I can't relate. I feel like this video is just her bragging..

  • luenaiya
    luenaiya Месяц назад

    This is the only depression ted talk that speaks to me. Thank you very much

  • L I F E I S LIE
    L I F E I S LIE Месяц назад +1

    I have nothing more to say than 'a thank you' from bottom of my heart! I really needed this thank you so much Jessica thank you so much! 🙏❤

  • Susan Bordson
    Susan Bordson Месяц назад

    What a beautiful story of survival. Great advice about ranking your tasks in terms of importance and difficulty, so you could focus on the difficult ones, or easier ones, as necessary.

  • R. Mora
    R. Mora Месяц назад

    After watching her talking about the maniac episodes I'm seriously considering that I could be in the low bipolar spectrum, because I do have diagnosed depressive episodes and then one day I'm just "fine" and I go compulsive about somehting, generally arts, sports, etc.
    I think I need to see a psycologist.

  • thomas chapman
    thomas chapman Месяц назад

    🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 💪 💪 💪 💪 I'm turning 50yrs old this year and been battling depression my whole life but wasn't diagnosed with it till 2011 at a V.a Hospital but they were prescribing me antidepressant s 6-7yrs prior before my diagnosis. It can be managed with determination but no cure ( my opinion )

  • J P
    J P Месяц назад

    Something is rubbing against her mic and it's driving me mad.

  • jmverhoef80
    jmverhoef80 Месяц назад

    Yes depression is real. But HOPE is real. COURAGE is real. RESILLIANCE is real! 💪

  • Sara Daabis
    Sara Daabis Месяц назад

    when i feel depression is about to sneak into my mind
    I say to myself: elhamdullah I've always had
    1-roof over my head
    2-food to eat
    3-blankets and clothes to warm me
    I think and remember syrians who are in tents freezing in the snow(newly born enfants are ) , palestinians dying for no reason by invaders. yemns eating and cooking grass
    and then i feel how blindfolded i was like u too now
    also it is another bliss to be guided to this positive perception and my want to share it with you also your chance to read it
    no coincidence all is blesses
    gratefull always inshaallah
    sara ^__^

  • AliceInGachaLand
    AliceInGachaLand Месяц назад


  • Owens Tiling
    Owens Tiling Месяц назад

    Wow! What an inspiration and strong woman!

  • %104 tired
    %104 tired Месяц назад

    Yep its seems really cool and helpful since im not depressed for now but when the time comes, i know its all gonna seem meaningless again :(

  • Redwood Ridinghood
    Redwood Ridinghood Месяц назад

    I cried. I tried to hold it in but it came pouring down my mud masked face. Thank you. I’m gonna clean my room and do 10 minutes of jogging. You are so strong and inspirational. I wanna be like you one day and inspire others. Living with depressing isn’t easy.

  • Katrina K
    Katrina K Месяц назад

    and will be blessed.

  • Katrina K
    Katrina K Месяц назад

    and are.

  • Lizzy Grant
    Lizzy Grant Месяц назад

    Wow this might just save my career and entire life

  • saganxxx
    saganxxx Месяц назад

    what is with the weird creepy background sound

  • Loren Studivant
    Loren Studivant Месяц назад

    I’m in tears. Outstanding! Thank you.

  • Aylisten Larchenko
    Aylisten Larchenko Месяц назад

    Just what I needed

  • dsdskdkw
    dsdskdkw Месяц назад

    all those with depression put your hands up and give me your anguish.. i want to combine it all into a single ball of suffering and become ur king

  • Dakota Hayes
    Dakota Hayes Месяц назад

    Kinda wanna here someone with anxiety and depression talk about getting stuff done, but this is okay.

  • Betty Houk
    Betty Houk Месяц назад

    One last word, almost everyone has doubts about themselves I was so shy people thought I was a snob the truth was I felt I wasn’t as intelligent,as pretty or was a failure at being a human being , then l started to look around at other people and I saw they were in their own little world

  • Betty Houk
    Betty Houk Месяц назад

    This Lady is so so very right, and even though some of us may realize we are in a depressed state we can’t seem to get over or around that mountain. But we can’t give up ,never give up ! Each day is a new beginning and each day like this Lady says start with a few minutes doing what ever you want to accomplish , and each day add a minute or two . My husband was level 1 narcissistic (my term for nonviolent ) he was however very controlling ! When he passed away 5years ago. I felt as if a chain was unlocked ! I felt like I was let of a jail .and freedom was so wonderful I made a vow never again would I ever marry or let anyone control me again ever ! Then I began to make excuses to my self why I let my self be in that kind of marriage,. Then I began to the habit of saying “ I don’t care about anything , and letting things go I will do that later I would say only later was becoming a habit of not doing or just plain not caring about anything. But at the same time I felt I didn’t care I knew I did care ! That taken 4 years more out of my life ,but there isn’t going to be anymore wasted years I am 81 so I don’t have that meany years left to waste .So a new year and a new beginning .I am not going to sweat the past ,just live each day as new beginning and be glad I am alive to enjoy every sun rise because to look for beauty in everyday things is to be alive ! Blessed Be to each and everyone of you and may happiness be your rainbow 🌈 💕👍🦋🌈👵🏻😺🐶🥳🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

  • casey
    casey Месяц назад

    Ok mine is definitely outbursts of anger. yay

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami Месяц назад

    Jessica welcome

  • Dios De Hueco Mundo
    Dios De Hueco Mundo Месяц назад

    My meds don't work on my depression directly. They help me work on my depression myself.

  • crazy girl
    crazy girl Месяц назад

    8:00 i would recommand to watch the whole thing but if you're in a hurry and you have an exam in 5 days yet you didn't get ANYTHING done just skip to this time

  • donna cook
    donna cook Месяц назад

    You are amazing....thank you!

  • Samantha T
    Samantha T Месяц назад

    WOW huge help! Really needed this. Glad it exists and glad I came across it .. so glad :)

  • Madhumita Athaley
    Madhumita Athaley Месяц назад

    Proactive-spring into action
    Urgency-4 star-Today 3 star- Tom 2 star -This week 1 star- Nxt week
    Difficulty - Level 1 Easy Level 2 Moderate Level 3 Difficult

  • C Berry
    C Berry Месяц назад

    thankful for people like this girl exisiting.

  • John Quinn
    John Quinn 2 месяца назад

    How else without a broken heart would the good lord inter in! Oscar Wilde

  • Alissa Ayoub
    Alissa Ayoub 2 месяца назад

    Besides being "inspirational", nothing she said motivates or helps me to accomplish tasks when depressed.

  • Kay Paton
    Kay Paton 2 месяца назад

    Wow so interesting. She is a inspiration. I love the way she made it sound so achievable. Lack of motivation is huge with my depression. But I get now to start of with 10 minutes of exercise and work up. Great advice all around thankyou

  • A heart named Lee
    A heart named Lee 2 месяца назад

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!! ☺🍋🍊🍒🍇🍐

  • ANsOn II
    ANsOn II 2 месяца назад

    Clinical depression is destroying the world. Climate change added with mental illness is gonna be great for the extinction event.

  • Вита Мир
    Вита Мир 2 месяца назад

    thank u

  • idk BIH
    idk BIH 2 месяца назад

    Shes right and she look like a flower

  • Smile R.
    Smile R. 2 месяца назад +1

    Who’s watching this in 2018?

  • LaceChaser
    LaceChaser 2 месяца назад

    wasted half the video complaining about her health...

  • Joe Di benedetto
    Joe Di benedetto 2 месяца назад

    I have suffered depression for ever, sometimes I am searching for deep, insightful and meaningful answers to my problem but what Jessica offered, is simple practical ideas that work, I will apply these techniques, will I ever overcome my depression, I don't know but it will certainly give me more then anything else out there.

  • Marc Hasenkopf
    Marc Hasenkopf 2 месяца назад

    I dance to escape the pain

  • mickey 6
    mickey 6 2 месяца назад +4

    When u are depressed why would you still want to get things done

    • inspectorbudget
      inspectorbudget 2 месяца назад

      mickey 6 Because you want things to change for the better.

  • Feral 72
    Feral 72 2 месяца назад

    Ok so my most urgent tasks are the most difficult. What now?

  • Anuja Jadhav
    Anuja Jadhav 2 месяца назад +3

    I procrastinate a lot it's horrible. I didn't study for any exam this semester and barely got passing marks. I don't want to be like this I feel useless

  • David K李誠彬
    David K李誠彬 2 месяца назад

    Movie binge watching leads to depression. Simply reversing the order of exam prep would likely have been the magic solution to skipping the day of depression.

  • Kirstin Opal
    Kirstin Opal 2 месяца назад +5

    If you "cared so much about this cause" you wouldn't describe anything with depression as "easy". Even if things like showering and eating can be INCREDIBLY difficult. I'm literally writing a book on that part of mental health.
    If you're dealing with a mental illness and find these "easy" tasks hard, please know that is completely okay and normal. Take the tiniest baby steps you need, even if it's literally getting out of bed for 30 seconds.

  • James Klinger
    James Klinger 2 месяца назад

    I kind of usually ignore my depression.
    It feel like I don't actually have it when I'm not experiencing it but when I'm experiencing it, nothing matters; I can't get anything done.
    I just lay there. That's part of the reason I clicked on this. I've wasted so much time in school and I am at the end of my chances to do well or I am out. So now, I feel that sense of urgency, especially now since this was going to be the semester I did everything right, but I still dropped the ball. It's interesting, I too kind of plan things out similar to you but I never actually planned for being depressed. I always plan things as if I don't have depression. Maybe that's something I should implement into my schedule - room for depression - and a plan to tackle it when it comes.

  • Sky Rasmus
    Sky Rasmus 3 месяца назад

    *Is dealing with major depression and having a hard time just getting out of bed*
    *Finds RU-clip video about being productive while depressed*
    *Listens to someone shamelessly plug their own nonprofit and flaunts their own achievements for over half the video*
    *Quits watching out of disgust*
    "Wow, thanks I'm cured!"
    Seriously though, maybe when making a video about depression don't take up half the video talking about even though you're really depressed you got all these wonderful awards, nonprofits, and achievements then in the middle of talking about yourself just say, "find things you enjoy doing of course! That'll help you so much!" Right....... Social media is for talking about how amazing you think you are, not Tedx.

  • Dave Kilby
    Dave Kilby 3 месяца назад +5

    Yet another 'motivational speaker' making depressed people even more depressed by standing up there listing off all her grand achievements and saying that depression can be solved with a simple strategy. Is she unaware that many depressed people have no drive whatsoever? You can't say things like 'the best defense is a good offense' to someone who just wants to die and sees no meaning in anything.

  • R J
    R J 3 месяца назад +2

    To anyone and everyone one who is reading this, you are beautiful, you are kind, you are loved, you are special and you will make your amazing mark on this world and the world would be a darker place without you. I love you. And giving you a big hug right now. Hold your head up high, know that you have a purpose in this life and the next, even if you might not have found it yet. You are amazing and I hope you have a beautiful rest of the day. XOXO ❤️

  • Caileigh Crow
    Caileigh Crow 3 месяца назад

    she believes in god, I don't. ive got no hope at all haha.

  • Ros Barnett
    Ros Barnett 3 месяца назад

    Comments undermining the level of depression she has is disheartening and ironic. How many times have people said to you, "Are you sure you're depressed and not just sad?" or "It cant be that bad?" and yet here people are doing the same thing! 4 diseases is enough to make anyone depressed let alone being Bipolar on top of that. We dont know what it took for her to get on stage that day and give this talk. She could have been in pain, physical and mental. We dont know. Even if it was for a short period of time a couple of years ago, to get to where she is today is major accomplishment!!
    I think she tells herself that taking a shower and eating is easy because thats what she told herself when it wasn't until one day she believed it and therefore it became easy. Think about it, anything we think will be easy for us to do we do. I know anything I think is hard I put off because I dont have the energy/time/strength to do it.
    This gives me hope, Im going to tell myself things are easy even when I feel its hard.

  • kpopcaptions
    kpopcaptions 3 месяца назад

    After watching this I wrote down on a post-it note what to do ㅡ proactiveness part

  • Beautiful Irish
    Beautiful Irish 3 месяца назад

    This is BS o have no family unit she has a big family

  • C Me
    C Me 3 месяца назад

    THIS is what depressed people need, a clear plan and actionable steps to cope and grow. Thank you for this video and for this immensely valuable guidance!

  • Last Romantic Standing
    Last Romantic Standing 3 месяца назад

    Absolutely fantastic, Jessica! Thanks for sharing the know-how, the experience, the objective suggestions for a way through.
    Best regards

  • Gordon Samuels
    Gordon Samuels 3 месяца назад

    I am so thankful, that I accidentally, stumbled across this. My life was in serious need, and urgently required, that I find some miraculous coping strategies. This has really given me hope. I've been fighting the battle for over 20 years solo. and was ready too "GIVE-UP". Bless you Jessica.... and also anyone else, out there in this world, who are struggling great or small, life debilitating battles ......I pray you receive a miracle victory, and a real blessing recovery, over whatever is crippling your ability to live a happy, fulfilling life. I admit my life will still be a struggle. But. I believe, that this new found advise. Has given me a real hope. That this precious advise/helping strategy. Has a very highly, likely chance, of a successful outcome. Thank you ... Thank you ... Thank you.... Kind regards Gordy ... Da.... Every-Day ... Try-Hard ... Survivor/Battler !!! "Peace" to all of us struggling !!! "1-Luv"

  • Jamie Warren
    Jamie Warren 3 месяца назад

    I get really depressed sometimes. And I don't know how to get my work done. I was going to watch this video, but I'm a male. I want to respect your ladies' safe space. I know that feminism is an inclusive movement, so I just want to let you know that I will leave so that you can be inclusive without my bothering you.

  • H K
    H K 3 месяца назад

    Sometimes, I can hear the gear of life clicking in for a higher notch the moment I feel comfortable at the speed and difficulty of life. This life thing is designed so well. We get to upgraded for the next level automatically whenever we are ready. Just like this wonderful young lady, we are given the “present” of unlimited opportunities of self-improvement and personal evolution. Now I have a totally different way of looking at personal difficulties, both at mental and physical level. God (or life) only gives us the burden that we can carry, as a loving present. Evolution is an ongoing process. I started to believe in the good intention of life as a design. Hardship is a disguised blessing. It gives us a chance to show and improve ourselves. Thanks, life.

  • Angel O'Berry
    Angel O'Berry 4 месяца назад

    when I'm depressed I have trouble identifying my needs or feeling worthy of anything I love.

  • Dewi Andriyani
    Dewi Andriyani 4 месяца назад

    The last sentence is really meaningful, it's stressed-out when people questioning us about "What's you depressed about" or seeing as if we're made up about the pain of depression, while we feel it's a real thing. Depression is real but also hope, courage and resilience!

  • Hillary Cheah
    Hillary Cheah 4 месяца назад

    I don't know about people with major depression but I guess people with bipolar disorders are more lucky because they can recognise the onset of symptoms leading into the depression and act on it while they are coming down from a high.
    I remember in troughs of deep depression I could not break out of this heavy feeling of sadness, to me it was in every way impossible to break out of and I kept falling deeper into the rabbit hole, I felt utterly hopeless and I felt I was beyond any help --- it just became my reality.

  • Tom Soares
    Tom Soares 4 месяца назад

    Had hopes for this talk but that whole "prepare for the next time depression comes" kind of turned me off...dear, I'm always depressed. Depression never "comes" because it never left first place. Plus what I need most when I'm depressed is time to stay home with myself - which is impossible when you have to work.

  • Kacey Craney
    Kacey Craney 4 месяца назад +1

    Clicked here at the speed of depressed procrastinator.

  • umesh bansal
    umesh bansal 4 месяца назад

    Superb video

  • Dori GS
    Dori GS 4 месяца назад

    Yeah depression is killing me slowly inside 😫 can't share how I feel no one's there to listen to what I say they just ignore me💀

  • Sowilo R
    Sowilo R 4 месяца назад

    Wish I could give her a gentle hug or shake her hand, she is awesome.

  • Keeping It Kevin
    Keeping It Kevin 4 месяца назад

    When she explained how to take a level three tastank and turn it into one. She blew my mind

  • Hamda Sid
    Hamda Sid 4 месяца назад

    It’s really a great speech 🙌🏽😊

  • Nita Hinduja
    Nita Hinduja 4 месяца назад

    I believe dance therapy ,good food, basic hygiene, pure oxygen and Sunrays , avoidance of unhealthy food and habits. Is best remedy of all diseases.

  • David n morris morris actor
    David n morris morris actor 4 месяца назад

    Depression is worse than blindness it's like a disease and it's very scary

  • LittleOryx
    LittleOryx 4 месяца назад