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!