Depression Tips by a Person who Suffers from Depression due to Bipolar Disorder

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If you are reading this because you are currently depressed, I want you to know it WILL get better.  Please do not ever give up hope.  If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself, please tell someone you trust, let your doctor know, or go to the ER.

One of the main problems with depression is how you can just dig yourself deeper and deeper into a hole. The farther you dig down, the harder it is to get out of it.  Even if you don’t want to tell others, I strongly encourage you to do so.

There are mainly two different reasons for depression. One type, what I suffer from, is when there is no reason why you are depressed.  You are just depressed because of a chemical imbalance. This is the type of depression that medications can help.  I, unfortunately, can’t take anti-depressants because they cause me to swing towards the mania of my illness, bipolar disorder.

The other kind of depression is when there is a reason.  Many people suffer from some kind of this depression at some point in their lives.  Some of the causes might be losing someone close to you, breaking up with a boyfriend or getting a divorce. However, there are many reasons why people can get depressed.

If you want to learn more about the symptoms and types of depression, please visit: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types

The purpose of me writing this blog today is to talk about the things you can do if you are depressed. Most of them can help with either reason for being depressed.  Some severe types of depression need mecication, but doing the things I mention, should still help.

1. Journal: It helps to write down how you are feeling for many reasons. It also can be used if you end up going to see a doctor.

2. Exercise: When you are depressed, the last thing you probably want to do is exercise. However, force yourself: Even a ten minute walk is good to start out with

3. Eat right:  Some people lose their appetite while depressed while others have their appetite increase.   Whatever category you are in, don’t skip meals and eat healthy.  A good resource for what you should be eating is found at http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1635  Taking Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Fish Oil (Omega-3) , Magnesium, and other vitamins help. There are a lot of resources out there if you want to take the natural approach. Please consult with your physician, however, before making drastic changes.

4. Set goals each day: Even if your goal is that you are going to go for a ten minute walk, or get dressed, or take a shower, or call a friend, you need to try and set goals.  Each night when you go to bed, you feel better if you have achieved something. Make the goals achievable, however.

5. Join a support group. You can usually find a group in your area by contacting NAMI. http://www.nami.org/

6. Do things you enjoy: Sometimes you need to force yourself, but go knit a blanket or play the piano or get together with a friend, etc.

7. I know how hard it is to be in the depths of a depression.  I know even the simplest things like doing dishes are hard to do.  I know that a lot of what I have said is most likely easier said than done. However, you  must start putting in some effort if you want to feel less depressed.

8. I know it’s hard, but decide right now to make a list of 2-3 things you need to do tomorrow.  Make the list consist of things that you can achieve.  Tomorrow night you will feel better that you accomplished them.

9. I wish you the best. If you want to contact me on FB, http://www.facebook.com/michelle.lh.735 or like my page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bipolar-Bandit/331265130301456

10. It WILL get better-Please hang in there!

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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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7 Responses to Depression Tips by a Person who Suffers from Depression due to Bipolar Disorder

  1. sllan0803 says:

    This article includes a lot of great advice. Sometimes it is hard to do these things, but people who are depressed need to try.

  2. marta says:

    There is one thing that makes me feel better when in the throes of depression: reading Alice Miller

  3. Pingback: I’ve Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now what? | Bipolar Bandit

  4. Kate says:

    Excellent post and great tips! 🙂 It’s so hard to find any sort of motivation when you are stuck in the depths. I find writing a short list of things you have to do each day and then ticking them off as you do them gives a sense of achievement. Little things like cleaning your teeth, getting dressed or checking the mail box and working up to excersise and outings. The hard bit is sticking with it no matter what, but if you do, it eventually becomes a routine and gets easier.

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