Strategies to do when facing depression.

  Depression might be the most serious and silent mental problem there is. Depressive Disorder affects approximately 16.1 million Americans from the ages 18 and up. Each year at least 6.7 percent of the U.S population get diagnosed with depression. Most of the side effects of depression include changes in behavior, feeling of guilt, feeling sad and lonely. According to studies, the most affected are women. The thing that people don’t know is that there are many ways to get help. As a whole, people really don’t ever want to look for help. Everyone thinks that there is going to be a way that they will get better by winging their illness. But sometimes therapy and other things can help and make you feel better.


  The best kind of therapy one can do is communication. Finding someone to talk to is better than being by yourself and holding all emotions in. According to research people who have depression tend to keep their feelings to themselves instead of speaking out for fear they would get criticized. Talking to someone will unburden yourself because as you speak you’re letting things off your chest. Having to be honest and connecting with someone can help ease isolation.


   Another type of therapy would be to be active. Depression will have you on your lowest mood but by being positive and active it will help out a lot. Exercising will help ease the symptoms of depression. This is due to the fact that you can take your mind off of worries. While you’re exercising you detach yourself from your brain. That means that you are more focused on doing the work that’s in front of you than to do the work that is in your brain.  

   Having a daily routine can also help ease depression. When dealing with depression, people tend to fall into bad patterns. Bad sleeping habits, such as sleeping too much or sleeping too little, can be bad when facing depression. But having a schedule to follow would be much of a help. This will help you time out when to wake up and not oversleep or sleep too little. Not having a routine can affect eating habits.

   If you feel like you might have a problem with depression and you want to seek help, don’t hesitate to talk to someone. Sometimes talking to someone will help out take all the pressure out of your chest. Talk to a trusted adult parent, counselor, doctor or a friend. You can also reach out to any crisis hotline. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357). National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).


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