If you fall into a depression due to a medical condition, did you know you can make that condition worsen by dwelling on it? It is a double edged sword. Learn below how to shake yourself out of depression due to being diagnosed with a medical condition that is horrifying, contagious or even life threatening.
If your income is low and you are suffering from depression, try and find free or low-cost social services that can help you. Local governments offer community counseling services to those with low incomes, especially those people who qualify for Medicaid. These community counseling centers can also provide free samples of medication for those who can’t afford to fill a prescription.
Remember to keep a positive attitude. Studies show that people who are depressed often minimize their talents and accomplishments, instead focusing on the negative aspects of their life. Take a page out of the classic children’s novel Pollyanna” and make a game out of positivity. In the novel, Pollyanna forces herself to find something good about every situation, no matter how small it may seem.
Increase the amounts of foods you eat that help your body produce serotonin, such as fish. Serotonin is a neurochemical that your body uses to improve your body. Many medications act to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, but you can create this effect naturally by changing your diet.
People suffering from serious depression may benefit from eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, or taking a fish oil supplement as part of their daily diet. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids play a significant role in good brain function. Good natural fish sources for omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, sardines, and canned tuna. Omega 3’s also play a key role in heart health, so the benefits to your body are very significant indeed!
In your battle against depression, challenge your negative thoughts. One of the by-products of depression is putting a negative spin on how you see yourself, your future, and situations that you encounter. If you are like many people who suffer from depression, you are a perfectionist and hold yourself to standards that are impossibly high. Permit yourself to be less than perfect and quit beating yourself up if you don’t meet impossible standards you have set for yourself. Negative thoughts will cause depression to become an endless cycle.
If you have grief or depression issues that don’t go away, then contact a professional. They can help you get a proper diagnosis, and medicate you, if needed. These professionals can also narrow down the DSM-IV-R diagnosis for the depression you are experiencing based on the symptoms.
No matter what you have been diagnosed with, remember that depression can make it seem worse. Use the above advise to help you deal with your depression. How you live your life can affect those who love you and keeping your depression in check may not reverse your condition yet you can live the rest of your days with quality rather than under a cloud of unhappiness.