Published On: Wed, Jun 26th, 2013

Things You Can Do To Defeat Depression

Depression can destroy all aspects of your life including family, school and work relationships. You may lose interest in some of the activities you used to enjoy doing. Even your everyday activities may even seem tedious or dull.

Several outside factors can trigger depression. A loss of a loved one or family member, demanding relationships and financial situations, pressure in employment pressures and stress are just a few to mention.

Sadly, many people cannot accept the fact that they may be going through depression. They ignore symptoms of depression and do not seek treatment because of shame. They do not realize that denial can only make things worse. So when you see signs of depression surfacing, here are the a few things you can do to help.

First step is to withdraw your attention from the things that depress you and focus yourself o the things that really make you feel good.

This may sound like you are escaping from the truth and reality of the situation. But what’s important here is you construct new and realistic circumstances that are pleasant to you. This will be difficult at first, but you will improve with practice.

You should also see your physician for a test and to rule out other possible problems.

If it is determined that you are depressed, your doctor will prescribe medication. You should also ask to be referred to a licensed therapist. Sometimes, you will have to try two or even three medications. You may also find the need to see more than one therapist. This is to find out which medication and therapy will best work for you. This may be even more depressing. You may feel like you have the worst case of depression. But what’s important here is that you do not give up. Just keep trying.

Third, it is very important that you keep yourself healthy by all means.

You have to get sufficient sleep, have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Avoid alcohol and tobacco as much as you can. The chemicals that they contain impact your brain’s ability to work properly. It is also very important that you pay attention to your emotional and spiritual well-being. Learn to express yourself as often as you can. Do not let your emotions get bottled up because when you do, you will explode.  It is also advised that you surround yourself with the people that you love. Always get in contact with friends and family. That way, you attention will be diverted to happy thoughts and emotions, instead of being centered on depression.

Finally, develop positive ideals and design a purpose in life that will help you get through your depression and give you a sense of direction. Set for yourself realistic and achievable goals that will make you see the importance of life and moving on. It is best that you see yourself building a future with your loved ones. This will make even more strong and courageous to face depression head on. More often than not, people overcome depression when they do this.

Bob Connolly is a Licensed Psychologist who also specializes in couple’s therapy, individual therapy and group therapy.

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