Depression can make your world different in so many ways. This disorder can make people feel sluggish, emotional (anger and sadness), frightful, and unmotivated. The very signs and symptoms of depression make taking action to fight the disorder extremely difficult.
There are different forms of depression, but the two most common are Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), also known as dysthymia.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
- Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of depression related disability in the US for those between the ages of 15 to 44, and affects over 16 million people per year.
- PDD is a shorter-term depression that affects over 3 million people in the US annually with the average age of the disorder being around age 31.
According to a psychiatrist in Indianapolis Indiana, “taking action is one of the most important things you, or someone you know with depression can do to fight this often-debilitating disorder. There are also health reasons beyond mental health to take action, like decreasing dementia risk.”
What actions can you or a loved one take? Here are a few potential depression-fighting actions you can employ to ease the grappling hold of the disorder.
Take Action And Fight Depression By Getting Active
Research points to the importance of getting active. By starting with just five minutes of exercise and slowly increasing to 20 minutes over time could have a big impact, according to a study explained in Harvard Health.
Depression can drop energy levels significantly, making anything active seem like a chore. However, staying inactive can feed depressed feelings and cause other health issues as well.
There are several needs for someone who feels depressed, and depression treatment can be a culmination of different action tactics and medication. The main goal is to start taking action through activity.
Do Not Stay Isolated To Avoid People And Events
Similar to taking an active stance against depression, you should never stay isolated and avoid people and events that you may have once enjoyed the company of or doing.
“Simple human interaction can make a big difference in battling depression,” Dr. Richard Honaker, Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online said. “Sometimes discussing things with a friend or family member can offer relief.”
Placing yourself in a social setting can also be helpful. There are plenty of local events you can find online to connect with people with similar interests, or make a point of going to a few events, like dinner parties in your own social circle.
Remember, you do not need to let depression, and the associated signs and symptoms define you as a person.
Get Back Into Old Hobbies You Once Loved
One of the worst things about depression is that the disorder can make you lose interest in old activities and hobbies you once loved. It could be swimming, painting, even sitting silently in a park watching passers by. However, to fight depression, it is time to take back those activities.
This may be challenging at first, since you may not really feel that great about those old hobbies. But this is when action to be active comes into play. Really force yourself to do those old activities.
One of the best ways to do this is to schedule the activity with a friend or family member, so they can hold you accountable if you try to skip out when the day arrives. Try it out for a week or two, and if you simply still feel uninterested, it is just fine to find a new hobby to change your perspective.
Talk To A Professional About Your Depression
You can’t do it alone! This is a very vital fact that many people with depression do not understand, because of their disorder. If everyone with depression could fix himself or herself, we wouldn’t have millions still suffering from it. This makes seeking out and talking to a professional a must.
In Conclusion . . .
The first step to depression treatment is action. This is of course easier said than done, but it is a vital step. From stepping out of isolation to talking about feelings with a professional, the above steps are actions that offer no guarantee.
The fight against depression is often long, but getting started soon is optimal. Do not let depression define you, and always remember that you are never alone. There are millions of people living with this disorder with joy in their lives.