When feeling down stretches over weeks or months, is occurring frequently and interfering with your ability to interact with people and enjoy your life, it is likely that you’re experiencing some form of depression. Doctors may determine a diagnosis of depression based on a physical exam, lab tests, or psychiatric evaluation.
Here are some tips to help you deal with depression:
Tip 1: Deal with problems on the spot – Don’t bottle up your feelings. They will just grow until they erupt. So, if there are problems at home, work, or school make sure that you deal with them on the spot.
Tip 2: Strong and confiding relationships – Believe it or not, stress often makes us hard to live with. This can cause problems with those close to us. But we know that strong relationships can help fight stress. So, if there is a problem here, get to work on it.
Tip 3: Coping with ruts – If you feel your life is in a rut, same old routine day in and day out, then think about change. Plan your weekend, do something different, visit friends, or go for a long walk. Take up new hobbies. Look for challenges. If you can afford it, plan the odd weekend away. A change of scenery can help.
Tip 4: Divide problems up – If you face a huge problem and can see no way to cope with it, see if you can divide it up into bite sized bits. Then tackle the bits one at a time.
Tip 5: Past experience – If you are in a jam, ask yourself if you have been in a similar jam before. How did you deal with it? If what you did worked, try it again. If it didn’t, learn from your mistakes.
Even though symptoms caused by major depression can vary from person to person, following these tips can help you deal with depression better. Be sure to communicate with your family, doctor, or mental professional for additional help.