How to Deal with Depression
16.2 million Adults in the United States or 6.7 percent of all adults in the country have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. Depression affects the lives of millions of people in a great way. Depression affects careers, marriages, families, neighborhoods and society on a large. Learning how to deal with depression can reduce these effects to some extent. Learning how to deal with depression can also improve your health and quality of life.
In dealing with depression you can seek professional help, which is advised in severe cases, as well as self-care and personal measures to deal with your depression. In less severe cases it may be possible to manage depression with personal measures such as exercise and maintaining healthy habits. However dealing with depression can be difficult and confusing; people may not always know what to do or what such measures may be for dealing with depression.
The following are guidelines on how to deal with depression:
- Get Help – Seek help, depression can often be a lot to bear alone. It can help to get help from a medical professional who can prescribe antidepressants or advise therapy. Therapists can help treat your depression through cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectal behavioral therapy. Confide in friends and family as well, as this can help reduce the stress and sadness associated with depression.
- Diet – Studies show that certain foods can reduce or increase depression and its symptoms. One study found that caffeine increases or worsens depression, therefore it is advised to monitor and reduce caffeine intake. According to an article found on healthline.com many foods can actually fight depression and its symptoms. These foods include red wine, bacon, turkey and sweet potatoes.
- Exercise – According to The Mayo Clinic regular exercise can help ease depression. Exercise releases endorphins into the body, can boost self-confidence, aids in goal setting, allows for social interactions and provides many other benefits that combat depression. Furthermore in an article found on Harvard Health Publishing Dr. -Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School explains another way in which exercise can help to ease depression and its symptoms. According to the article, Dr. Miller says that ‘Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression’. Exercise can provide a multitude of benefits, and therefore should be a part of every plan in dealing with depression.
- Fighting inactivity and identifying factors which worsen depression – Depression causes persons to be inactive; they lose interest in normal activities and as a result do less. This inactivity results in the individuals feeling even worse which can add to their existing depression. In addition to this, other unhealthy behaviors may also worsen depression. By identifying harmful behaviors and making efforts to correct these behaviors persons can help to ease their depression. It may be hard at first to get started, especially in fighting inactivity but the long term benefits are definitely worth it.