Dealing with Depression
Experiencing feelings of sadness and irritation is something we all go through. But when you’re depressed, those feelings don’t go away. Sometimes people mistakenly think of depression as something you can just ‘snap out of’ or something that can be cured if you think positive or get more active. If you’re living with depression, you would know that it’s not as simple as that. Depression is a mental illness Choma and just like any illness, it needs support. Once you’ve got the support you need, it’s possible to get back to living your life. Here’s more about dealing with depression Choma.
What causes depression
Depression is a common mental illness that can affect anyone Choma. Depression can also be caused by various things. Depression can be genetic, meaning that it somehow runs in your family; it can be caused by another mental illness, such as anxiety or bipolar disorder; it can be caused by changes in your hormone levels, it can be caused by pregnancy or it could be caused by trauma, grief and stress.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Overeating or not being hungry
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not improve with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or 'empty' feelings
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Lack of interest in anything
Dealing with Depression
When you live with these symptoms, life can be very difficult. Not many people understand depression so it can make it harder to share your feelings with others, because they may not understand what you’re feeling and going through. But knowing that there is help out there and seeking help is part of getting back on the path of living well again Choma. You don’t have to suffer with depression, you can survive it.
It’s important to acknowledge how you are feeling Choma. Denial is something that will hold you back and keep you from getting the support that you need. If you suspect that you are depressed based on your symptoms then speak to your local clinic healthcare provider so that they can help you get the treatment that you need.
Don’t lose hope
Remind yourself that you can and will get through this. It can be hard to think this way when you’re at your lowest Choma and that’s understandable. But try to remind yourself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You’ve got this Choma! You are not alone!
Practise Self Compassion
It might take a lot of effort, but try to be mindful about the fact that you are not your own enemy - even on the days that it feels like it. You are not to blame for your illness and with treatment, you can get through it. The more you open up about your illness, the more you will realise that there are many people who are struggling with something similar, even those who don’t seem like they are. Just as much as you would be kind to others, be kind to yourself.
Practise Self Care
Exercise is a good way to help fight depression. It might be hard to find the motivation, but regular exercise can actually improve your mood. Meditation can also help you focus your thoughts, helping you fight some of the negative thoughts that may enter your mind. Uplift yourself in any way you can. Stay away from things like drugs and alcohol. It can be easy to turn to substance abuse because you might think that substances can help you feel better temporarily but it can actually have the opposite effect. Not only is it not healthy for your body, it’s unhealthy for your mind and can worsen your symptoms of depression. Getting through depression takes work and consistent effort, but know that you are worth it. Make your health a priority in your fight against depression Choma.
Don’t isolate yourself
It’s easy to want to isolate yourself from the world and just stay locked up alone. But this is not helpful to you. Isolating yourself keeps you from being around people who can offer you love and support. Yes, people who have not gone through depression might not understand it as well as you do. But you can open up to them about it and allow them to offer you support. That is much better than being alone with your own thoughts Choma. Ask for help when you need it. If you have supportive people around you they are probably trying to find ways to help you as much as possible. Letting them know how they can help can put you and them at ease.
Everyone’s path to dealing with and overcoming depression is different so there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to overcoming the illness. But the important thing is to not give up Choma. Speak to your healthcare practitioner, speak to a counselor, get treatment, take care of yourself and always envision yourself getting out of the dark and into the light.
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