In our everyday dealings, we react to certain situations sometimes in not the most appropriate ways. It’s normal. Either we feel happy, excited, grateful, angry, or depressed. Among these human reactions, the most difficult to deal with is depression. When a person is depressed, all his or her normal and positive feelings and activities are no longer interesting or helpful or happy and this ends up affecting his or her thoughts, emotions, holistic well-being, and behavior.
Depression is also a symptom of a number of medical conditions and treatments such as hypothyroidism and hepatitis C drug therapy, but the most prevalent cause of depression is due to psychiatric or mental health issues such as major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymia. There are also studies that support claims of the genetic influence on depression. The reason why depression is alarming is because of the number of cases leading to suicide. A depressed individual will feel anxious, sad, worthless, empty, unfocused, confused, hopeless, fatigued, loss of appetite, and often totally detaches himself or herself from the world.
Clinical depression must be taken seriously and death with immediately. There is nothing wrong in seeking professional help. It can save lives. But for those who do not have a history of depression but experience it due to situations like a loss of a family member, friend, or a loss of job, etc., here are some helpful self-help tips on how to deal with depression.
Recognize and accept that you are suffering from depression. How can you find treatment when you don’t even know what is the problem with you to begin with? So, if you feel very sad and hopeless, acknowledge it so that you can think of the best way to help yourself.
Talk to yourself to control negative thoughts. I suggest you keep a personal journal where you can talk to yourself in private. Write down everything you feel and think. Avoiding negative thoughts is difficult to do but you must help yourself religiously. Think of the positive side of things as much as you can. Think of the things you can do tomorrow. Think about your dreams, your future. Think about your loved ones who draw strength from you, too.
Keep in sight motivational phrases and quotations. Be it from a book, the Bible, or anything random said to you from someone you met from one of your journeys as think of the wonderful journeys still to come. As long as it makes sense with your personal beliefs in life, read it, again and again.
Look for an outlet to release your unhappy feelings and emotions. The activities you might want to be involved in as your outlet depends on your lifestyle and personality. Some resort to regular exercising, yoga, pilates, retail therapy (shopping), animal-assisted therapy, retreats, meditation, etc.
Be surrounded with your genuine support system. Your support system might include family members, friends, and colleagues whom you trust the most and feel comfortable to be with. Do not be afraid to speak to them because they can help you get through this tough time. And above all else, if it gets worse or lasts longer than a couple of weeks, please seek professional help. Counsellors and psychiatrists can be very helpful when you feel like you just can’t manage your depression on your own.