CogniFit's Science blog: Ways To Deal With Depression

Ways To Deal With Depression

Depression is a disorder that affects many of us and is something that can be fixed. There are many different causes of depression, as are there many different approaches to address and cure depression and improve your mental health.

This article will list 6 potential ways to deal with depression.

The first, and most common, approach to deal with depression is therapy and prescription medication. There are many issues that someone with depressive disorder goes through physically, from sleep disturbance and unhappiness, to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. By meeting with a therapist you can begin to address these symptoms individually and begin medication to fix them.

Join a support group for people suffering from a depressive disorder. Support groups are a great approach to dealing with depression because you can be around people who are in a similar position as you so you know you are not alone. These groups do an excellent job of helping individuals work through their depression.

Goal setting is important in life, but when dealing with depression you should alter your goals. Pick smaller goals that are going to be easier to accomplish. Accomplishing goals feels good, but not accomplishing those feels terrible. Set achievable goals, achieve them, and feel good about doing it.

Even though it is the last thing you probably want to do, you need to stay busy. Little things like working out for an hour every day will relieve stress from your body and you will feel better because of it.

Another thing that you may not want to do, but will help you in the end, is staying social. Do not block your friends out from your life. Instead of locking yourself in the house, go out and grab dinner or see a movie. Being social will improve your mood and help with depression.

If you do not currently, start to work on a personal hobby or interest. Cook if you enjoy cooking; build if you enjoy building; and read if you enjoy reading, do some brain training exercises, etc... These may seem like little things but your depression will reduce and it will address a lack of inspiration felt by most. The goal is to say active and energized doing the things you love.

Everyone at some point in their lives has dealt with depression in some way or another. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is something that needs to be addressed. Use the 6 ways to deal with depression in this article and you can begin to address the condition and begin to work on fixing it.