Depression is an illness that can affect any person from any walk of life. It does not distinguish between the rich, the poor, the young or the old. It can be as minor as a dose of the blues that will not go away or it can become so consuming that thoughts of self-harm can be entertained. Following is some advice on how to deal with depression when it strikes.
If your depression is of the type that has an obvious cause, try cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy focuses on creating measurable goals that, when met, will probably reduce the severity of the depression. Examples include losing a certain amount of weight or reducing your debt by a certain amount.
You must pose a mental challenge to any depressive thoughts you have. If you think or say bad things about yourself, analyze if you would say it to someone else. If not, why would you subject yourself to that type of negative self-talk? Do your best to reframe thoughts such as these by coming up with ideas on how to address the problem.
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.
Get your personal life in order. When you suffer from depression, even ordinary tasks can get overwhelming. Get organized using small, easy to complete goals and you can keep from getting bogged down in the everyday duties that can keep you from working on your depression and can even make your symptoms worse.
To help you conquer your depression it is vital that you learn to develop a positive attitude and change the way you think. Research has shown that negative thinking plays a huge role in depression. Depressed people minimize their successes and accomplishments and, instead, focus on their failures and sorrows. The key to happiness is loving life in the face of suffering.
A tip to help with dealing with depression is to turn off the television. Almost everything on the news, or in the papers in negative and depressing, so if we turn it off, then it stops becoming a factor in our life. You can listen and read about all the sad stories and news but in reality there is nothing that you can do about them, so why worry about it.
If depression is the only company you keep, you will keep yourself depressed! As hard as it may be to face the world or anyone in it when you are feeling depressed, seeing a friend or family member may be the best remedy. Even if it’s just to take your mind off of your troubles temporarily, you will find the company of others can go a long way in making you feel better!
While these tips will assist you to recognize depression when it appears, please make sure that you seek professional medical assistance immediately, if any suicidal thoughts arise. Depression can be treated with time and each day another step towards recovery can be made. With the support of family and friends, the sun will shine on your days again.