Do you or someone you know suffer from depression? Hopefully not, but the odds are good that all of us will be touched by depression at some point in our lives. There are things you can do to help. This article is intended to provide some tips for dealing with this serious problem.
Change your depressive thoughts. If you have negative thoughts about yourself, think about whether or not you would feel like that about someone else. If you think not, then chances are you are being overly critical of yourself. Attempt to reframe thoughts of this nature. Transform them into constructive, realistic statements that assist you in solving the problem.
Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it. The perfectionist thinking that goes along with depression, can often drive people to think that seeing a therapist for depression is a sign of weakness. But in fact, it’s just the opposite. Seeing a therapist means you’re facing the problem head-on and seeking a solution.
If you are struggling with depression try not to get yourself caught up in the destructive mindset that the world is out to get you. This will only make you despair more and can do nothing but make your depression even worse and deeper than it was in the first place.
Eat food that will make you feel positive about yourself. Eating lifeless and fatty fast food will make you not only look bad, but feel bad too. Do not think that the food that you eat has nothing to do with the way you feel and why you are depressed. Even if you crave the sugar or fat, these kinds of foods only lead to making you feel worse.
Do not use the words “depression” and “depressed”. Thinking of yourself in these terms, although they are valid for diagnosis, can make your problem seem hopeless and unmanageable. You can think of feeling depressed as having a low mood instead. It’s easier to ponder simple mood elevation than to worry about combating an entire condition.
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.
Depression is often cyclical. This means that your highs and lows will start to come in waves. If you pay close attention, you may even be able to forecast when the next strong down will come. This can help you greatly as you will be capable of prepare yourself for what is to come.
For too long, our society has stigmatized mood disorders, and people have gone without treatment. Increasingly we can discuss these matters openly. With that change comes the opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences and use advice, such as that found in this article, to make the lives of depression sufferers and their loved ones a little easier.