Overcoming Depression

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Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass.
Can’t, If, When, and But never did anything.
Trials give you strength, sorrows give understanding and wisdom.Depression involves sadness, pessimism, preoccupation with personal problems, feeling sorry for one’s self, anguish, crying, and hopelessness. People who are depressed often lose interest in social activities and contacts, as they no longer derive any pleasure or feel any enthusiasm for their usual activities. Usually apathetic and withdrawn, they suffer from low energy, tiredness, excessive sleeping, and insomnia. Other possible symptoms of depression include poor appetite or eating heavily, losing weight or gaining it. The feel inadequate and worthlessness, suffer from anxiety, are unproductive, lack concentration, and recurrently think of death or suicide.

People often become depressed over human life dilemmas that occur in one’s marital, romantic, or family life. Job worries, mental strain, playing multiple roles that is a working women’s issue, unhappy marriages, personal loss, stressful events or major changes often trigger depression, bringing it on in normal individuals. Children leaving home, retirement which leads to loss of friendships with co-workers can also lead to depression.



Overcoming Depression
There are many effective ways to overcome depression and prevent suicidal deaths that occur as a result of it. One can control one’s thoughts and feelings, including eliminating any medication that causes depression e.g. tranquilizers or sleeping pills, high blood pressure medicines, oral contraceptives, some anti-inflammatory or anti-infection drugs, ulcer medicines, etc. Changing prescribed medications may be all that is required to eliminate depression.

Some severely depressed people need medicines to control their depression, but most people can overcome it easily by following a few recommended tips. Perhaps one of the most common reasons for depression is a lack of enough interests and activities. Interests and activities are very important in mental health, as they contribute to self-esteem and happiness. A feel good factor, they help you feel satisfied, keep your mind off problems and push out negative thoughts and emotions.



There are three main kinds of helpful interests and activities: pleasurable, constructive, and altruistic. Pleasurable activities help us enjoy, have fun and relax. Constructive activities help us accomplish something and imbue one with a sense of pride e.g. doing things around the house, working on a project, practicing a skill, or studying a subject that interests you. Altruistic activities or helping other people, such as, teaching a friend a craft, helping sick or old people, or doing volunteer work give one a healthy sense of perspective. For example, personal problems appear trivial after a day volunteering with mental patients or dying cancer patients.

Keep a positive attitude, accept sadness and suffering as normal parts of life, part of happiness is a courageous choice of loving life in the face of suffering. Keep your expectations of life realistic. Work on personal problems so that you don’t end up being overwhelmed by them. Develop friendships and relationships, figure out why you feel depressed, maintain a healthy balance between pleasure and work.

Many doctors and psychologists recommend regular exercise for depression as it improves the mood, invigorates you, gives you more energy. Learn relaxation techniques and meditate to find peace within yourself. Soon enough, you will have snapped out of your depressive behaviour to savour life to the fullest, as it should be!





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