Guide to overcoming depression. Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be talking about depression and sharing a guide to overcoming depression. We are going through a tough time right now, and I only imagine what people are going through and how are they handling it.
From the article, 5 life events that shaped me into who I am today, it is clear that I have been through depression at some point in my life, even if I come across as a strong woman. The truth is in most cases, people don’t even know they are depressed until it is too late. When my daughter was still an infant, my social worker visited and asked me if everything was okay. I smiled and said ‘yes, everything is fine’. She looked at me and said ‘No, it’s not, tell me what’s going on’. Then I found myself pouring my heart out to her about everything that has been going on with me.
That was when it hit me, that I was at the early stage of postnatal depression, and I never knew. I thought it was normal to be stressed out and be worried as a new young mother. She explained that it’s not normal when it’s affecting your mental health, for example, lack of sleep and eating unhealthy.
I decided to fight harder and start speaking positive things about myself, playing with my daughter and practising self-care. However, there are other ways to tackle depression.
Guide To Overcoming Depression
Depression, like most mental illness, runs the continuum of severity. It can be mild or significant, it can last from weeks to months, and it can involve anxiety symptoms, as well. Depression is primarily characterized by sadness and/or loss of pleasure in nearly all activities. Additionally, there may be symptoms such as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and psychomotor activity (changes in both mental and physical responsiveness and/or exercise).
A depressed person may struggle with feelings of low self-worth, recurrent thoughts of dying, as well as difficulty concentrating or making decisions. In children and adolescents, the mood is often manifested as irritability rather than sadness. Some people may deny having feelings of sadness; instead, they may report feeling numb or having no feelings at all.
First, it is essential to look at how severely one’s functioning may be impaired. If the person’s level of functioning has been significantly damaged, i.e. they are having difficulty performing their daily routine, seek professional help immediately. A trip to the family doctor to rule out any medical conditions that might be causing the mood disorder is an excellent place to start.
Second, assess whether there have been any significant changes in circumstances, relationships etc. that may be contributing to the depression.
Third, if your loved one indicates they have a plan or intentions to harm themselves, take action immediately to get help. Call a mental health professional that you have been referred to by a reliable source or check your phone book for community mental health services.
Don’t Wait – Get Help
One of the biggest reasons people do not seek help is the shame they feel about having a mental illness. The reality is that our minds are vulnerable to illness, just like our bodies. There is no shame in developing the flu or some other medical condition, so why is there with the mind? Those who avoid seeking help because of the stain they feel only languish longer than necessary.
How Counseling Can Help
A counsellor can help a person gain perspective about their illness; resolve problems that may be contributing to the depression and assist the person in developing coping skills.
However, in addition to counselling, depending on the severity of the depression, medication may also be a treatment option. You can discuss this with your counsellor, who could then refer you to a psychiatrist to prescribe and manage the necessary medication.
Relief is available for difficulties that plague our minds. It is truly the wise that seek out the help, wisdom and counsel of those whom God has equipped to facilitate the healing of the mind.
I hope you enjoyed the post. Times are hard right now, and the only thing we can do is to support each other by showing love one way or other. If you know someone who needs some support, please give it to them. It doesn’t have to be anything significant; it can be just a smile. Trust me, making someone smile will make the rest of the day much brighter.