Overcoming Your Depression: Discovering a Way Back to What Matters

The hazy fog that is depression; it can be very difficult to control once you’re in it’s grasp.

” In 2016, an estimated 10.3 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment.” (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml) Many people have trouble doing normal, everyday activities because of this disorder.

Depression seems to sap all your energy, leaving you drained. Even getting out of bed can seem near impossible to do. Nothing seems to make you happy any more, and you don’t know why.

And for a lot of people, suicide may have crossed the mind more than once. ” The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. “(www.befrienders.org/suicide-statistics)  My uncle and a friend of mine both killed themselves, and I have also struggled with the thought of it many times.

So how can you stop it?

Mental disorders are not as straight forward to treat as physical ailments. With a condition such as depression, a treatment may work well for one person but have little impact on another.

Here is what you can do to control your depression

Make a doctor’s appointment

If depression is causing dysfunction in your life or you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, it is time to visit a psychiatrist. This is important for a couple reasons.

A psychiatrist will be able to make a diagnosis. Once it is made, you will be more knowledgeable about your condition. Knowing what the symptoms of your condition are and why you have them will give you greater control of your treatment, as well as clear any confusion you may have had before.

From there, your doctor will help you decide what treatments are best for you. Usually, a combination of medicine and therapy is recommended. Medicine will control the symptoms of your disorder, while therapy addresses the root causes of it.

Set a routine

When your depressed, the last thing you want to do is, well…anything.

A routine will help you organize what needs done in a typical day. Over time, doing certain activities at a set time will make doing things more automatic. Then, you will do these things without thinking instead of laying in bed wondering what you should do next.

Any amount of productivity, even a little, will give you the confidence to accomplish more and more.

To do this, make a list of things you do in a typical day and assign a time for that activity.

Exercise

‘In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain—the region that helps regulate mood—is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression,’ explains Dr.Miller”( https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-is-an-all-natural-treatment-to-fight-depression). Essentially, exercise restores the brain back to the state it was before you became depressed.

To begin, it is best to schedule at least twenty minutes out of your day to exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything too intense;simply walking or jogging for that amount of time will make you feel better over time.

Basically, anything that will keep you active will improve your condition. I understand that it can be difficult to do anything when you’re depressed. If that is the case, it is always okay to start small.

If you have any tips about overcoming depression, feel free to comment below. Stay strong.

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