Dealing with depression

Dealing with depression can seem an insurmountable task to tackle. Depression has a tendency to take away your hope and energy, making it hard for you to do things that will make you feel better about yourself. Overcoming depression is not a simple task, but it’s not completely impossible.

While the causes of depression are varied, immense sadness, loss and anxiety are commonly associated with depression. Anyone who displays symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks is typically diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression.

Dealing with depression through sheer determination?

Sheer determination alone won’t be enough, but with the limited control that you have, you’ll be able to overcome depression no matter how severe and stubborn it may be. Sometimes a simple lifestyle change is all it takes, like exercise, emerging from isolation or maybe just eating healthily. Feeling better about oneself can take time, but getting there is so much easier if you make the right choice and tap into your support circle.

Other times, especially in cases of clinical depression and especially major depression, medication and psychotherapy can help immensely. Turning to natural antidepressants can work too, especially if the side effects of prescribed medication become too much to bear.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with depression is to start with a few small goals and take it slowly from there. Make the most of whatever resources are available to you. You may lack energy but you should have enough to make a phone call to a friend or to just take walk around the block. You should take one day at a time and reward yourself for the progress that you make. Small steps might not seem to make much difference but they quickly add up to make you feel better about yourself. You might wonder why you should waste your energy on all of this when you really can’t be bothered to deal with any of it to start with, but stick to the small recovery steps and you’ll get back a lot a more in return.

Dealing with depression: What you can do

dealing with depressionFirst of all, support is the most important factor in dealing with depression. Even though the thought of reaching out to family and friends may seem a bit overwhelming at the moment, you must remember that they love you and care for you and will always want to help you. Share what you’re going through with them. You might have drifted away from some of your most treasured relationships, but these are the people who can get you through this tough time in your life.

Secondly, don’t excessively isolate yourself from social activities. It might feel like the right thing to retreat into your own little shell, especially if you are an introvert at heart, but being around people who care will help you feel less depressed. These social activities need not be with a large group; even a single social activity with just one stranger is a help.

Next, you can do things that you used to enjoy and had fun doing. Make a list of things that boost your mood, such as reading a good book or taking a long, hot bath. You might not want to do these things initially, but you’ll feel a whole lot better by the time you’re done. More importantly, aim to get around 8 hours of sleep. Depression can play with your sleeping cycle to either make you sleep too much or too little. Practicing relaxation techniques can also go a long way in dealing with depression. Techniques like yoga, deep breathing or meditation help the mind to relax and think positively.

Join a support group and seek counseling to prevent the depression from worsening or returning. Dealing with depression is a tough thing to do but having someone to reach out to, even a complete stranger, in your stages of recovery helps a lot.

Find your purpose in life and overcome depression permanently

You can try fighting clinical depression as much as you want, and might even succeed at it temporarily. However, if you do not have a firm goal or purpose to continue living, then it’s almost inevitable that you will succumb to the disorder again.

Drifting about in life without purpose is one of the most common causes of clinical depression. If you find yourself adrift, if you find yourself wondering why people around you seem to be able to find a purpose strong enough to motivate them every day, even if their purpose seems superficial to you, stop focusing on those negative thoughts and start focusing on setting a positive goal or purpose for yourself.

You might have reasons for viewing society, or life in general, differently than others. You might strongly believe you are right. Perhaps you encountered a rude awakening to “reality” from the perceived falsehood of your previous way of life or your thinking, and now feel completely disconnected from the community you once engaged with actively. However, resentment towards society at large can, without a doubt, lead to severe depressed emotions and feelings. Perhaps your purpose could be to awaken society to your different viewpoints. This will not happen easily, but again, having a goal to focus on is much better when trying to overcome depressive disorders without directly seeking help, rather than just wandering aimlessly.

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End Your Depression Review

Review By Valerie Drew.

I recently came across an ebook called “End Your Depression: How to use nature and the power of your mind to overcome the pain of depression” (click here to view the ebook’s listing) by Cecil Ellis. Basically, it promised a treatment plan that was a natural alternative to anti-depressant medication. It seemed interesting to me, as someone trying to overcome depression, so I decided to take a look at it. This is my personal review of the book.

What is it?

The ebook is downloadable as a .PDF file containing over 70 pages of information and is divided into 3 main chapters. The book was written by Cecil Ellis, a psychologist and nutrition specialist who has personally dealt with clinical depression for nearly 20 years, and researched heavily on the topic.

The pages of the book are laid out in an aesthethically-pleasing manner (no tiny fonts or cramped text here), with soothing colors and several pictures to break up the monotony of text. Continue reading

Understanding postpartum depression

Depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression are two types of clinical depression that can afflict a mother-to-be or a new mother. The birth of a new baby is a life-changing experience. Many women experience anxiety and other troubling emotions immediately after they give birth, and this is perfectly normal. However, in some women, sadness, fear, anxiety persist to the point where they cannot function and cannot care for the new baby. If this is the case, the woman may be suffering from postpartum depression.

Not the Baby Blues

Experiencing “baby blues” after giving birth is a common experience. A woman may cry easily, feel anxious and irritable or have difficulty sleeping. It is even common for new mothers to have trouble making decisions and to wonder if they are capable of caring for a baby. It is when these feelings and emotions of being constantly depressed interfere with the ability to function and do not go away after a day or so that a diagnosis of clinical postpartum depression may be appropriate. Continue reading

Understanding what clinical depression is and what it is not

The first step in dealing with depression is to understand what it is, and what it is not. Clinical depression occurs more commonly in women than in men, and nearly 15% of the entire population will face this disorder at one point or another.

What it is

So, what exactly is it? People who have never suffered from true depression typically associate it with grief or despair. Clinical depression, however, goes deeper than just typical sadness or feeling depressed for a short while. Though everyone will encounter feelings of grief and despair from time to time, a person suffering from clinical depression will feel that way all the time.

Clinical depression is an illness that can have a devastating impact on the sufferer’s life. If the sufferer does not succeed in dealing with it with proper help and support from friends and family, his or her condition will worsen, possibly leading to eventual suicide. Continue reading

Don’t let your depression ruin your life

Understanding how to fight depression and how to prevent it from ruining your life can be a difficult task. Sufferers of clinical depression usually can tell that there is something not quite right with the way they’re feeling, but some may feel as if they deserve to be in this condition due to their misplaced feelings of guilt.

Depression is definitely a real thing. Though in some cases it is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, it is not, figuratively speaking, “all in the mind”. It is a real illness. You need to treat it as such and take steps to fight depression, and not just half-heartedly hope to will it away.

The chemical imbalances in your brain can occur after prolonged periods of harboring negative thoughts and feelings of negativity, or after a series of highly stressful events. This imbalance can be fixed with time and effort. Continue reading

Postpartum depression

Postpartum or postnatal depressive disorder, similar to depression during pregnancy, is mainly caused by hormonal changes brought about by the pregnancy. The onset of this type of depressive disorder can occur as late as 18 months after labor.

An estimated seventy percent of women experiences postpartum depressive disorder. Many of these cases are fairly mild and last only a few days, while others are more severe and can last much longer. The latter types will typically require medical treatment. It is believed that the more severe cases tend to affect women who have lower self-esteem, or women who have had prior history of depression, or single mothers who lack the necessary support from close ones.

The symptoms of postpartum depressive disorder are similar to most other types of depressive disorders, including depression during pregnancy. Learning how to fight depression of this kind is thus also similar to most other types of clinical depression, and getting support and help from friends and family can aid greatly. The symptoms include irritability, inability to focus, sleeping problems, headaches, constantly feeling depressed, a sense of dread or sadness and a loss of interest in pretty much everything. Continue reading

Understanding the various types of depression

If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, then you should be aware of the various types of depression. Finding out how to fight depression can be easier if you understand which type you’re actually dealing with.

The main categories of depression are: bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder), dysthmyia, and major depression.

Bipolar depression: Sufferers of manic-depressive or bipolar disorders experience sudden extreme shifts in moods in a cyclic pattern. They switch from feeling mania to depressed to “normal”, then back to mania or depressed. Some individuals do not even undergo the period of “normal” mood in their manic-depressive episodes. These sudden episodic swings, if left untreated, can make it difficult to maintain relationships or even a stable job. Fortunately, there is treatment available for this disorder. Continue reading

How to fight depression and anxiety

There are many different levels of both depression and anxiety, and some people struggle continually with the question of how to fight depression and/or anxiety disorders, while others remain blissfully unaware of such struggles their entire lifetimes. Some people simply do not cope with stressful situations well. This could be due to genetics; some people naturally get very stressed or nervous very easily through no fault of their own, compared to others. Such people are more likely to succumb to depression or anxiety.

Although most people suffer from mild to moderate anxiety issues every now and then, the problem arises when you feel anxious for long periods of time, unable to let the matter go, or occasionally, you may not even understand what exactly it is that you’re feeling anxious about.

So, how do you go about dealing with depression or anxiety disorders if your genetics is against you? You’ll have to learn techniques on how to fight depression/anxiety more effectively. Avoiding stress entirely is not possible in our daily lives, so coping and relaxation methods are essential to learn if you are prone to getting stressed. Continue reading

Dealing with depression during pregnancy

It is very common and natural to suffer from depression during pregnancy. Mood swings and emotional changes are part and parcel of pregnancy for many women. A pregnant woman might be elated one moment and then suddenly experience bouts of negativity the next. It is important to know the causes of depressive behavior during pregnancy, so that you do not succumb to it.

Although motherhood can be a truly joyful experience, the period of nine months is a roller-coaster ride for the pregnant woman. Here are some of the possible causes for depression during pregnancy:

  1. Changes in level of hormones in the female body leads to mood swings. There are mainly two hormones: estrogen and progesterone which results in change in emotions. During conception, there is a major change in the level of these hormones which ultimately results in depression.
  2. Change in the physical structure of the pregnant woman may be a reason. She might question whether she could regain her previous slimmer figure, which leads to self-doubt and anxiety, and ultimately depression. Continue reading