Whether you have been recently diagnosed as having depression or perhaps know someone in your circle of friends or family members who is battling the condition, the information found in these handpicked tips is sure to shed some light on the mysterious and often misunderstood nature of clinical depression.
If you’re dealing with depression, create a positive social circle. The more people you have in your life to support you, the better off you’ll be when you are feeling down. In addition, having people who expect you to do things with them prevents you from staying home and wallowing.
One way to deal with depression is to “fake it till you make it”. This means to act, walk, talk, and eat as if you were not depressed. If nothing else, faking it will mean that other things in your life are not neglected while you are depressed. At best, the behaviors will help re-route your brain and actually help cure your depression.
Try to change your thinking patterns. When you think about yourself, reframe it as about someone else. If you wouldn’t, then you are being too hard on yourself. Reframe thoughts in your own head by thinking of positive things you can do to help yourself eliminate the problem.
It is wise for those who suffer from depression to find a hobby. By getting involved in a sport or other activity, you will help to keep your mind off of the negative feelings you may have. Try to get a friend or family member to join you in this activity.
If you have medical depression you should anticipate that many people won’t be able to understand it. Most people think that depression is just like being really sad but true sufferers know that this is not the truth. If people say things like “just chin up” to you, try to realize that they mean the best and just ignore it.
Change the bad habits in your life that keep you depressed. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself as you try to identify what these habits are. Try using positive thinking, assertiveness skills, and problem solving skills to tackle these negative habits and thoughts. Try using humor to deal with life’s problems too, instead of letting the negativity drown you.
Examine your life. If you are unhappy because you feel like you are being walked on, focus on becoming more assertive. If you find yourself assuming people are thinking badly of you, remind yourself that you are not a mind-reader and that you have no basis for that belief. Keep it light and humorous, as you cannot battle negative thoughts with more negativity.
Just as you shouldn’t be afraid to tell someone that you are suffering from clinical depression you also shouldn’t feel obligated to tell everyone. If you are in a professional environment or any situation where you feel that others may not understand the severity of your situation, feel free to keep quiet.
No matter if this advice is for you or for someone you know, keep these tidbits close at hand. Once you realize that depression is a treatable, curable affliction, you can begin to take the steps necessary to defeat it.