Depression is a medical disorder that affects your thoughts, feelings, physical health and behaviors. Depression is more than just “feeling down in the dumps.” It depletes your energy and motivation, making it a challenge to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like talking with family, exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting. Sharing what you are going through with people you love and trust is a way to use Supportive Relationships.
Practice Self Care
Aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night, get a little sunlight everyday, and maintain a healthy diet. Challenge negative thinking by replacing negative thoughts with more balanced thoughts. Depression is treatable. The first step is to talk to a medical doctor about how you are feeling. Your doctor will recommend possible treatment options. Medications and therapy are often prescribed.
There are many types of therapy available. Three of the more common methods used in depression treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Taking the first step is often the hardest to move toward feeling better.