Did you know that depression is becoming more common and is affecting many more of us or our fiends and family than ever before?
The impact of this illness on society is ever increasing and therefore it is important that we try to overcome depression as soon and as best we can.
Conventional anti-depressants are not the answer for everyone unfortunately and many people these days are looking to other treatment and self help treatment to help themselves beat depression.
So what are the best Self Help Techniques to battle depression?
1. Research it.
Find out as much as you can about depression, its causes, signs and symptoms, what conventional treatments are available. The more you know and understand about depression, the better prepared you will be to beat it.
2. Talk to someone about it.
A problem shared is a problem halved. Have you ever felt better by getting something off your chest? Of course you have. Did talking about a problem in the past help to put it into perspective and perhaps make it easier to deal with. I would guess you have probably been there too. Depression is no different.
Find someone you can trust and get talking about it. Friends, family, your doctor, support groups both online and off....You might even find that someone comes up with an idea you have never thought of which just might work for you.
3. Don't be afraid to try new things. Everyone is different and some people respond better to some things than others. Don't give up if you haven't found something that works for you yet. Keep trying! Everything you try that doesn't work brings you one step closer to finding the things that will work for you.
4. Keep a Depression Diary.
Like number 2 above, this can also help you unload your problems, thoughts and feelings but this time onto paper instead of to a real person. A depression diary can also be used as a mood barometer and help you keep track of your depression and your recovery. You will be able to see patterns of good times and bad, identify triggers and help you see if any particular treatment is having a positive effect on you. If so do more of it.
5. Improve your diet.
I'm sure you will agree that many of us should try this whether we have depression or not. In relation to depression improving your diet can help improve your shape, appearance and fitness which in turn can help with self esteem and as many depressed people have self esteem issues then this could obviously be of benefit.
In addition there are many foods or substances in our food which are know to help with depression. Foods such as oily fish, kiwi fruit and walnuts contain Omega 3 which is known to help with depression. Another substance which is thought to help is Trypotphan which is found in chicken, turkey, pumpkin seeds and almonds.
There are many more things you can do to help yourself overcome depression - too many to list here.
For many other tips to beat depression you may want to take a look at the Self Help pages on my site
Please try some of these ideas and let me know how you get on and if you have any other tips I would love to know about them.