Of the Blues and the Gloom: Deal with Depression, Right Now!
- Seek immediate medical attention from your doctor if you are suicidal
- Find out if depression is caused by an underlying medical condition
- The healing process takes time and must be dealt with patiently
- Take therapy or prescription drugs regularly to come out of the depressed state
Feeling blue is normal for most people, but if you happen to be sailing in the boat of sorrow for as long as you can remember, then there is a reason to worry. Depression is a mental state, and it could only get worse with time.
While most people complain of getting depressed from time to time, they are able to steer clear of the problem and bounce back to normality. For the unlucky others, there is no return. Depression can be bad, so bad that at times people suffering from it may contemplate suicide. So, what are the ways in which you can get over your depressed state of mind? To begin with, seek medical advice immediately if you have been contemplating suicide.
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Identify If It is Depression Indeed
Understand that is it all right for you to feel low. But, if you have already sought help from someone for your depressed state, make sure you do not leave it alone or try to deal with it all by yourself. And, if you still have not found a cause for your undesired plight, search on the internet for common symptoms of depression. If you happen to identify with even one or two of the symptoms, seek help from the doctor.
Explore If there is an Underlying Medical Condition
It has been found that depression is also sometimes, a result of an underlying medical condition. Besides, health issues can mimic the symptoms of depression. Some medical conditions that can have the same symptoms as depression include mineral or vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, imbalances of hormones, genetics, alcohol and other drug addiction, etc.
Realise that the Healing Process will be Slow
Do not expect your doctor to prescribe you medication that will help you heal in just a day’s time. It is very important for patients with depression to realise that the journey is hard and slow, but with promises of wellness by the end of it. You may live through days of self-questioning as well as despair, but do not be dejected and put t treatment away when you are halfway through it.
Make a List of Things troubling you out of Depression
Jot down all that annoys you excluding depression. These could be unpaid bills, lost transactions, a tough job or the inability to go out for a vacation. After you have put them down, write practical steps that can help you deal with them better. For example, you could request your friends to plan a trip to someplace you have been yearning to go or look for a new job.
There are alternatives to prescription medications like therapy that influence the patient to think that he/she is as normal as anyone else and can move through depression smoothly and over a period of time. Therapies also expose the patient to expose himself/herself to situations that they always feared so as to increase their confidence levels.
Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain and must, therefore, need medical help in the form of medication or therapy to set things right. Do not be overwhelmed by the assumption that you are disabled mentally from the rest of the crowd.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Apr 04, 2018
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