The Many Faces Of Depression Treatment

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Depression is a challenging condition with a wide variety of causes. If you are depressed, you may feel helpless, worthless and tired of living.

The condition can be an emotionally draining downward spiral. The good news is that depression is treatable.

That doesn’t mean that everyone responds in the same way to the same depression treatment, however.

Many people with depression are given prescription medications. Then they go home, take the meds and wait to feel better.

While medication is often an important part of the treatment package for people with moderate to severe depression, it is not a quick fix.

If you have a milder form of depression, you may want to try depression treatment without drugs before asking your doctor for a prescription.

Here are a few things you can do.

Find Positive Support From Family And Friends

It is very important to be surrounded by the positive energy of others, whether you suffer from depression or not.

If you are depressed, you may find that you attract people with a similar, negative energy, causing your own feelings of sadness and despair to increase under the weight of that negative energy.

If this is the case, find people whose energy lifts your spirits instead.

It’s easy to find people to criticize and reinforce the negative feelings that cause or increase depression.

More challenging is to find others who will go against that negative self-talk and insist to us that life is more worth living than we may believe or feel.

The last thing a depressed person needs is to have his or her negative feelings reinforced. If negative people are taking too large a role in your life, recognize this and begin to distance yourself.

While you may feel guilty at first, it’s very important to realize the importance of being surrounded by positive people that challenge you to fight your depression.

Stay Healthy

The mind and body are connected. When your body doesn’t feel well, your mind, spirit and emotions suffer as well.

Conversely, if your body is healthy and your energy is high, your depression will begin to lift naturally.

Regular exercise is a very effective natural treatment for depression.

That’s because exercise increases endorphins – the body’s “feel good” chemicals. It also increases lung capacity so that oxygen can flow through the bloodstream more easily.

Another natural treatment of depression is exposure to sunlight. That’s why many people report feeling better and less depressed when they are outdoors.

A healthy diet can also help to keep depression at bay.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and avoid processed foods or foods that are loaded with sugar.

This will help provide you with a slow, steady supply of energy instead of the sharp highs and lows associated with sugary foods.

Help Other People

Being a friend to others or volunteering to help those in need is also an effective depression treatment.

Helping others gives a sense of self-worth which is often missing when you are chronically depressed.

It can also be helpful to recognize the problems that other people face because they can make our own problems seem less significant.

When we reach out to others and help them, even in small ways, we are distracted from our problems and our depression.

Have Some Fun

It may seem obvious that having fun is a way to overcome depression, but people who are depressed often avoid doing things that make them feel good because they don’t feel motivated to do anything.

Depressed people may also be overwhelmed with a sense of duty and a “nose to the grindstone” attitude of plowing through life’s responsibilities and chores.

If you approach life this way, no wonder you are often depressed. Making time to do things that make you happy is a critical way to treat depression.

This is important even if you don’t feel motivated to do anything. Find something that makes you happy – a walk in the park, a yoga class, lunch with a friend – and make it a part of your routine.

Soon you may find yourself looking forward to these events and looking back at each break from the grind with happy memories.

More importantly, you will begin to notice more moments when you are having fun!

Recognize When You Need More Help

Although you may be able to manage symptoms of mild depression with self-help techniques alone, it is important to realize that persistent or moderate to severe depression probably requires a more aggressive approach that includes professional help.

Depression bookMore ideas about depression treatments including what to do if you find that you need more help can be found in Cecil Ellis’s guide to the subject called End Your Depression.

The End Your Depressionebook is a comprehensive overview of the causes and types of depression, as well as treatment options that are available for people with depression.

 

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