Don’t Let Depression Rule Your Life

Don’t Let Depression Rule Your Life

No one with depression really wants to admit they have a problem that requires seeking help. It can strike real fear into the hearts of many. You need to know there is help available and be willing to accept it. The below tips can help depression sufferers become aware.


1. If you’re feeling depressed, what are 3 things you should do?

2. Have you tried any of these before? If so, which one/s?
3. If yes to #2, can you give an example of what happened and how you dealt with it?



If you have some idea of what is triggering your depression, try to deal with it. For example, if you feel that you aren’t in the best shape and is makes you feel blue, then do something to change that to make yourself feel better. Start by taking a walk around the block, or hop on a bike and tour around your neighborhood.


Try to have a sizable circle of supportive friends. You run the risk of that person becoming burnt out listening to you.


Take a night and dress up. Make yourself all pretty so you can feel better about yourself. Wear your best clothes, and take a step outside. You don’t even need a specific reason such as going to church or to a club, do it simply to feel better about yourself. If you do something to make yourself feel attractive, it will really help to lessen your depression.


Remember that clinical depression tends to cling, so don’t expect speedy results. This is an issue you will face for a lifetime. Because of this you should start reading up now to prepare yourself for some of the trials to come.


Even if you have been prescribed an antidepressant, you should also have therapy regularly. Trained therapists know how to guide you so that you gain insight into your thoughts and behaviors. Friends aren’t someone that can counsel you, even if they’re well meaning.


If you are wondering whether you have depression, speak to a professional. Depression is a diagnosis that can only be made by a professional. Talk to a therapist so he can diagnose what you are afflicted with!


Using music to raise your moods and thwart the advance of depression can prove to be effective, but choose the style and genre carefully. Stop listening to music that makes you sad. This type of music will not expunge the feelings, but cause you to dwell on them.


Listening to music can ward off depression, but playing the music yourself might even be more effective. Any art can be of benefit, so give them all a try.


Should your doctor prescribe you medication for depression, take it. Also, don’t stop taking your medicine without your doctor’s approval. You must be slowly weaned off antidepressants.


Know the level of depression from which you suffer. A diagnosis of depression can include cases from very mild to very serious. Many people are affected with mild or moderate depression, but they don’t realize that they are. Mild is often just feeling sad, while moderate is life-altering. It can also become so extreme that a person no longer wants to do anything. Share with your doctors to get treatment.


When it comes to depression, you should always talk with your doctor whether or not taking medication is the right path for you. Sometimes, these can be a great aid to therapy. Medication can fix chemical imbalances in the brain that other methods can’t help.


If you notice that your depression is getting worse, it’s vital that you are eating enough during the day. Sometimes you may feel too depressed to eat. Despite your lack of appetite, it is vital to your well being and your efforts against depression to still maintain some semblance of a healthy diet.


Maintain a happy outlook on life. Negative thinking is a sign of depression. Depressed individuals often focus on the bad, while positive people are able to maximize the good thoughts and work on solutions to any problems. Staying positive can make people want to be around you more and reduce the chances of feeling lonely.


Make sure to eliminate bad thoughts. Of course this isn’t easy, but it provides great benefits. Write down your negative thought, but counter it with a positive one. If you give those thoughts an airing, they will often dissipate.


Think about getting counseling from a psychological professional. Therapy combined with medication is the best available and most effective treatment when you are going through depression. Studies show that in order to treat depression successfully, it is best to use both treatment methods in combination rather than using one alone. Medication will help you get rid of mood swings and therapy will treat depression at its roots.


Eat chocolate to stave off depression. Chocolate contains endorphins, mood-changing chemicals. Having them in your system can change your mood. Make a touch of chocolate a part of your daily diet and you will see better moods.


As you can see, there are many great ways to fight off depression. Life is tough enough without having a mental illness that can make living it nearly unbearable. Get yourself set up with this advice so you can get the help you desire.

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My accident happened on February 5th, 2012 after my bartending shift at the Blue Martini in Orlando, FL late one night. I was driving on my way to a friend’s house in Tampa, FL who I was temporarily staying with at the time. I was told that my car veered off the interstate and flipped five times, my body was found 50 feet from it. I’ve tried very hard to discover how my body made it that distance from the car, and who found me, but I still don’t know. The accident report didn’t say much. I received a phone call from a sergeant eventually who told me I was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center unconscious when my trach and feeding tube were implanted, but they didn’t expect me to make it. I was in a coma for five to six weeks after my car accident. I woke up with a traumatic brain injury, liver laceration, lung confusion, subluxation to my neck, amnesia, epilepsy, a fractured lumbar spine, and a fractured pelvis with pins implanted. The pins were removed a few months later. Talk about a painful surgery. Healing is an ongoing process, but for me there are some specific things that have helped along the way: Keeping track of everything to care for my daily hygiene. Listing these things with a dry erase marker on my bathroom mirror used to help. Recognizing what I’m not supposed to say. Deciding what TO SAY, what NOT TO SAY, and WHEN to say WHAT. Isn’t easy to do and I still haven’t mastered it. There are things I’m supposed to talk only to certain people about, and some things I should keep to myself. When I’m being upfront and honest with someone, I can’t assume whatever I’m saying or doing is right, just because in my head, being truthful is “the way I’m supposed to be”. Believe it or not, oddly enough, that isn’t always the case! Learning how to RECOGNIZE which is which is vital. Don’t believe what everyone says. Do your own research. Discover your own truth. Know who I can talk to with the confidence that I'll be given honest feedback from them. What prescriptions must I take daily, how many times a day, how many pills in each dosage, and how to stay on a schedule with my doctors so I don’t run out of my medications. How to keep myself on track. I try and find simple ways to include all things I need to do, my appointments, yoga classes, homework, social life, fitness, etc. Figuring out the most effective ways that can progressively help manage my pain. A therapist is a must have. Someone I can tell everything to and have it kept confidential. I must constantly fight hard to make each of my days better. That’s the way it is. Accept it, don’t give up, and keep going. YouTube and the Word synonym tool are necessities I can’t live without. Keep the alcohol to a MINIMUM. If any, but not drinking AT ALL is the best-case scenario-by a long shot. I’ve been working on how to stop talking out loud as much while being overwhelmingly passionate about things. For me, moving forward is about resilience. Why? I’ve learned that being resilient to words people say about, to, and against me have subconsciously built up an ulterior strength within me. This strength is like a shield that gives me the power to just keep going. To be resilient means to keep moving forward despite having the odds stacked against me. Just to keep it moving and continue giving my all every single day, gripping onto the hope it’ll all make perfect sense at some point. How the next day and the day after that aren’t going to feel the same. Resilience has aided me in finding somewhere I can fit in, and enjoy what I’m doing. Also, being resilient in my situation has created the ability for me to have a positive impact on others. I'm not depressed anymore. I’m quite happy with myself at this point. Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a long list of goals I’m going to achieve, or die trying. Haha, that’s the fight in me talking out loud. Resilience has abetted me in accepting the new Christy you could say. Vinyasa yoga has helped improve my pain and flexibility a lot. I’m sure my sanity too. I haven’t tried much meditation yet, but I plan to, although I tried a breathing exercise on Kevin’s Instagram last night and loved it! I want to get good at it. I don’t know why, but when I start feeling fatigued or when I just want to write my mind on paper, sitting by the ocean really helps calm me. I think I’m a bit hyperactive, but I’ve noticed when I wake up and go straight to the gym, get on the treadmill at 3.4 speed and just go for an hour. It really helps motivate me about my day and somehow makes it easier for me to fall asleep when I hop into bed. I also take part in Vinyasa yoga, instructed by Di, only 2 times a week hosted at Suncoast Fitness in St. Petersburg, FL. It has helped build my strength, improve my flexibility, and ease my thoughts to a noticeable degree. As I move forward in this journey and look to the future, I’m planning on one day starting a YouTube channel and raising money to develop an app for TBI survivors. Like a life coach in a sense, and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to teach survivors how to use it, or make it very simple and self-explanatory. It would also be nice to make hospitals aware of the app one day so they'll be able to reference it and help others who have been affected by brain injury. Lots of love, Christy Toledo Donate To My GoFundMe Project! https://www.gofundme.com/giving-her-all #SharingIsCaring

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