How to Overcome Depression?

Depression is a condition that is not easily to overcome. In fact, you may never be able to overcome it at all but would have to learn how to manage it and not give into it.

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. While depression on its own can be bad enough to handle, what makes it worse is that many people cannot recognize it, whether in themselves or in others.

Many people think that depression is just sadness, however it is much worse. It addition to feeling sad, a depressed person can feel anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. These feelings can often be accompanied with thoughts of suicide. However, there is help available and depression is beatable, even if it probably wouldn’t be easy.

The first and foremost step to overcoming depression is to realize that you may be suffering from depression. However, rather than the steps getting easier from there, they only get harder.

The next step is to understand what kind of depression you suffer from. The best way to do this is to consult a therapist or psychiatrist. The doctor will be best able to guide you and help you manage that situation.

Sign up for therapy. Therapy is considered to be the best defense against depression. There are three different types of therapy:

Tell family and friends. Even if feel that you do not want to attend therapy, or that you don’t feel comfortable discussing personal matter with a stranger, you would benefit by talking to someone, even if that someone is just a sympathetic ear. You can also try writing a journal. Not only will this help you voice your feelings, it may also help you note triggers and patterns, so that you may avoid them next time.

Another option is medication. While not everyone needs medication, many people have found relief through them, and have found that they can use anti-depressants to keep symptoms at bay.  There are many different types of anti-depressants available in the market. A doctor will best be able to guide to see which medication would suit your best and in what dosage. The dosage often has to be modified, and the medication might change many times before you find your ideal medicine and dosage.

Other techniques that would help manage the symptoms of depression include:

  • Going for a walk and exercising. Exercise releases dopamine, which induces happy thoughts and contentment.
  • Mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises help reduce chances of a depressive episode.
  • Depression is fueled by anger and negativity. Letting go of these feeling will help subdue it.
  • Try to have happy thoughts to combat feelings of sadness, anxiousness, emptiness, hopelessness, and worthlessness.
  • Try to start taking an interest again in your hobbies and activities that you like doing before.
  • Go out into social functions. Meet people. Hang out with friends.
  • Step out of your comfort zone.
  • Establish a routine. It will help you find a new normal and stay away from triggers.
  • Set small achieve goals, and then expand them. Achieving something is a great moral booster.
  • Accept responsibilities. Start small and then take on more. You may be able to pull it together if you feel that others need you, or that you know that you are working towards something.
  • Eat healthy and get adequate sleep. Both of which are important for your body to function properly. Eat foods rich in Omega-3 and reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.

Despite these suggestions, there is no easy way to overcome depression. There is no magic formula. Many people who suffer from depression will in fact tell you that there is cure, and that you simply have to learn to live with it and survive despite it. Even these techniques may or may not work for you. You’ll have to find your own balance and try very hard not to tip into the pit of depression.

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