ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SITUATION!
Acknowledging that you have a problem is usually the first step to any recovery. If you are not able to recognize that there is a problem, how can you change what you do not acknowledge? The answer is simple, you cannot change if you believe that everything is fine. Many people who are suffering with this illness will get worse, if the symptoms are not treated.
FIND A TRUSTED FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER TO CONFIDE IN.
Life is difficult enough without feeling completely alone. One of the biggest symptoms of depression is withdrawing from friends and family. Many people are unaware that they are pushing others away, and as a result they end up in isolation. A person who is depressed often has a strong desire to hide their depression from others, thus pushing away any potential friends or family members.
If you or someone you love is suffering from depression, isolation is NEVER a good idea. It will increase your stress and the level of depression you have. Talking to someone who cares about you is a vital key to recovery. It is extremely easy to slip into the mind set that no one cares.
WAYS TO HANDLE
TRY COUNSELING OR SUPPORT GROUPS!
Not everyone is blessed enough to be surrounded by loving friends and family. Sometimes there is the point where you have to take the extra leap of faith and join a group or get counseling. For some people talking through their issues may not alleviate them, but, it can help them learn specific coping mechanisms that they can apply to their everyday life.
Not everyone who reaches out to support groups or counseling has deep family and friendship. Thus, sometimes it is easier for a person to tell an outsider what is going on.
Every resource you read suggests that any person struggling from a form of mental illness should attempt to stay active throughout life. Walk, jump, run, just do something to get your body going. This is an extremely difficult task for many people who are chronically depressed, especially since it can become difficult for someone with depression to move.
WITH MORE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES!
Depression can cause you to immediately stop doing the activities you enjoy. This is a dangerous spot to be in. If at all possible, continue to live your life and do the things that you enjoy (unless it is drugs or alcohol). Activities offer stability and hope. It is only once you STOP doing the things that you enjoy that your depression may worsen over time.
Author's Note: Depression can be a serious health concern. This list was comprised from several valid resources, however, if your doctor has prescribed you medication, it is EXTREMELY important for you to continue to take your medication. These are just healthy tips that you can try on top of everything else. If you learn some techniques, this may help you throughout your struggles.
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
"But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible