If you are depressed or perennially anxious, what are you supposed to do aside from seeking psychiatric help? How will you be able to cope with depression?
Diagnosing depression and anxiety disorders is not an easy thing to do. The sufferer’s doctor must make a thorough, careful evaluation of the conditions attendant to the depression and weigh those conditions so that the best way of coping with the depression and/or anxiety is found. It is not enough to prescribe an anti-depressant; for all you know, the medication may worsen the condition if taken on its own. Other coping mechanisms are essential in ensuring the efficacy of medication.
For one, you can find a support group. Your support group may be your closest circle of friends, classmates, neighbors, even community self-help groups that can provide the much needed beefing up and support to the sufferer.
Group therapy is not limited to face-to-face interactions. You can seek help from depression chat rooms, too. Online depression communities are one of the ways to reach out to other people who are afflicted with depression or have successfully managed their anxiety or depression.
At times, a psychiatrist attends the chat meeting and takes part with the therapy for the day.
Next will be a conscious effort to reduce your own stress. Stress increases adrenal gland secretion of cortisol. Increased cortisol may in turn induce depression, as serotonin production is affected. To be on the safe side, learn how to live with stress or avoid stressful activities and subjects.
Get Enough Sleep
Sometimes, somatic causes of depression may be addressed with enough rest or sleep. When you get enough rest and sleep, your mood is fine, you are not at wit’s end, you don’t have insomnia, then you don’t get depressed or agitated easily. A restful sleep may be helpful in reducing if not eliminating depression and anxiety.
Based on research, lack of sleep is equivalent to diminishing quantities of serotonin. Serotonin is a very important brain chemical, especially in the region of the brain that sends mood signals. The lack of serotonin in the brain results in irritability, mood swings and depression. So sleep at least seven hours a day. Enough sleep is sometimes all it takes to be well both in body and mind.
Next is your diet. Are you eating enough? Is your diet balanced? Studies have shown that deficient intake of vitamins and minerals may cause depression. Your physical and mental health state is directly related to the kind of diet you have. The kinds of food you eat sometimes determine the kind of mood you will have. An empty stomach sometimes makes you even more agitated or irritable. Or worse, you may have allergic reactions to certain foods and dietary complements that may increase your levels of anxiety and depression.
How to cope with depression, therefore? Eat nutritious foods, brain foods specifically. What are these brain foods? Brain foods are those that enhance memory, promote production of serotonin and help in balancing biochemical components in the body. It is simply a principle of eating your way to health.
Be responsible, for yourself, for your condition. Sometimes you may want to procrastinate and put off doing something and when that something becomes urgent, it adds to your anxiety and then you become guilty because you have not been responsible.
Treating depression and anxiety may take longer than necessary without the patient’s full determination to be treated or cured of the disorder. Coping with depression and anxiety may entail more than mere medication; the therapy and support that should go with the medication, plus the determination and lifestyle and attitude changes in the patient, may spell the difference between cure and continued suffering. When you get a handle on things and take charge of your treatment, you begin the journey towards coping with depression and getting cured.