Agree! Which is why a season opening loss at a good Utah wont be as damaging, in my opinion, as a two-score, primetime, home loss to a team we expected to pick our teeth with. I am actually predicting a Michigan win against Utah, so it doesn't really matter. Their expectations of a decent season are based in comparison: 4-7 last year, Harbaugh v. Hoke, etc., etc.
Hey man, I am waging my own war against depression right now and I'd like to share some thoughts which I hope will help.
1. Never fight alone. You've already tackled this one head-on. I'd encourage you to share with someone you know personally, too. You can never enlist too much help in this fight because depression thrives on isolation.
2. Do something awesome for someone who could never repay you. I call this "it's more blessed to give than to receive", others might call it good karma- it doesn't really matter what you call it, the effect is amazing.
3. Have a discussion with a trusted friend about the ways you've changed. You might think that the person you were is gone forever but that is a lie. You don't have to beat depression before you can recover who you were, it could be that striving to regain those qualities you once had can help you beat depression. Think of it like this: you don't have to be fit to exercise; just start exercising and fitness happens.
4. Count your blessings. This may seem a little too 'Sunday school' to work, but it does. It is very hard to be depressed and thankful at the same time! Get creative and be thorough; 5 minutes in you'll be very surprised what you come up with.
5. A lot of people have said it and it's true: get out and do an activity you love; and the more physical the better. I find that when I'm most depressed I sit on my phone and ignore my wife and kids. I'm 29 and LOVE the outdoors and exercising, but the depression weighs me down. The human body is amazing, and the link between exercise and mood is profound. The endorphins which are released during physical exercise along with the vitamin D you make from sun hitting your skin are potent mood elevating chemicals. Add that to the fact that you're doing something that you love and is good for you and its is a huge kick in the nuts to depression.
6. Keep off the grass. Seriously. And alcohol (this one is hard for me because I am a beer aficionado, alas). These chemicals are called depressants for a reason - mix them with depression and its lights out.
7. Eat well and sleep even better. A bad diet and bad sleep can and most certainly do ruin people. Both these areas have immense influence on long-term mental and physical health.
8. Find someone who has beaten depression and listen to them. Its all fine and good to talk to other depressed people like myself, but nothing beats an expert.
my email is [email protected] if you want to talk, that would be cool. If you live anywhere near Urbana we could grab coffee or something, my wife makes awesome cinnamon rolls (which fight depression too, probably). I believe you'll beat this!