Top 10 Ways to Treat Depression
- Acknowledge that depression causes symptoms that can negatively impact your functioning and wellbeing and that it is not your fault.
- Avoid the use of non-prescribed or over-the-counter medications and alcohol/drugs, which can produce adverse effects.
- Depression can disturb healthy sleep patterns causing difficulty falling asleep, frequent or early awakenings and insomnia. It is important to restore optimal sleep.
- If appropriate, exercise to help restore biochemical balance in the brain, which can improve depression.
- Stay engaged in your daily life, even if it takes effort.
- If symptoms become too debilitating to function, it is important to acknowledge and accept current limitations without self-reproach. It may help to take necessary time off, let go of some pressures and seek professional help. When indicated, this can help mitigate symptoms so functioning can improve or be restored.
- Reach out to understanding/caring people and allow them to provide support. When there is a less than adequate social support network, turn to a licensed therapist, support group, faith based beliefs or a loved pet, which can make a big difference when feeling alone.
- Psychotherapy can provide important tools to combat depression. It can help to reframe negative thinking patterns, improve coping strategies, increase perspective/insight and provide support/understanding.
- Psychotropic medication, if indicated, along with psychotherapy help alleviate problematic symptoms and restore biochemical balance in the brain.
- Depression is treatable and with appropriate interventions positive mood can be restored. This may take time so it is important to be patient with yourself during the restorative process.
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