The tips below are from WebMD and can be found here.
Note from Heather: All of these tips have one thing in common – they require YOU to stand up for yourself and take on the primary role of trying to help yourself. You must be proactive about your depression if you want it to get better.* It is important to identify the triggers and vicious negative self-talk cycle that perpetuate most forms of depression.
No one should have to live with depression indefinitely. Do not accept that as your reality – you deserve so much more from life!
No one should have to suffer from depression alone. This is how depression thrives. Depression is a LIAR and a THIEF. It will steal your very life if you let it. Never lose hope – and never forget that people DO care about you.
* By “better,” we do not mean “cured.” Depression isn’t the sort of thing you can wave a magic wand at and say, “Look – all better!” We understand that this is a way of thinking that is as natural as breathing to some folks, whether it is innate and biologically driven or molded by environment, medication, or circumstance. When we say “better” in this context, we are saying just that: BETTER. We hope that your depression will become easier to identify and dissect, so that you might be better equipped to process these emotions in a way that allows you to be a little more comfortable tomorrow than today, and every day a little better still.
- Try not to isolate yourself. Reach out to family and friends. If you don’t have a solid support system, take steps to build one. Ask your doctor or therapist about support groups and other community resources.
- Learn as much as you can about your condition. Knowledge is power when it comes to getting the best treatment available and keeping your sense of independence and control.
- Make sure that you have medical support from experts you trust and can talk to openly about your ongoing questions and concerns.
- If you suspect that your medication is bringing you down, talk to your doctor about other possible treatments.
- Talk with your doctor about pain management.
- As much as is possible, keep doing the things you like to do. You’ll stay connected as well as boost your self-confidence and sense of community.
- If you think you’re depressed, don’t wait to get help. Find a therapist or counselor you trust.
WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 08, 2014
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