Friday, April 26, 2013

What To Do About Depression

There are millions of people living with depression worldwide including some well known famous names. Depression is not something to be panicked about. It's a common illness, and almost all types of depression can be treated.

If you think you or someone you love might be suffering from depression, follow the steps below to treat and eliminate your depression.

Determine whether your Depression is a problem

Are you really suffering from depression or just sad? Why some may think sadness is depression, but it is not. Sadness is one's normal reaction to life's struggles, setbacks and disappointments. It's a reaction every human has when things are not going well, and sometimes we may feel temporarily depressed as a result. But this is normal and it's not the same as clinical depression which is an illness. So first determine whether you have an illness or your feeling is normal considering what you're going through.

But even though sadness is not depression, a prolonged sadness may lead to a depressed state. So instead of mopping over what has happened to you (if that's the case), find the good in what has happened and move on, so you don't become depressed.

Take a Depression Self Test

Before you start talking to a doctor about having depression, it is wise to first take a depression self test. Depression self screening involves answering some questions about the symptoms you're having, and your answers will determine whether you may be suffering from clinical depression.

Get Professional Help

The easiest way to find someone who can help you with your depression is to talk to your personal or family doctor about your condition and he or she will refer you to someone who can help you.

Things you can Personally Do to Help Lift your Depression

Believe your depression is an illness and you will get over it.

Force yourself to get back to your normal life. Do the things you used to enjoy, even if your weak condition may not allow it, make an effort everyday to do at least some activities in your former routine.

Go for a walk everyday, it helps boost your mood and restore some of your energy.

Keep active. If you keep busy regularly, you'll be able to lift your mood for a long time since you'll forget whatever is making you feel depressed.

Adjust your thinking. Our feelings and actions are always a result of our thoughts. If you always think negatively, your thoughts can be your own enemy. Adjust your thoughts to positive thinking and you'll see great improvement in your life.

Eat healthy food regularly.

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