Many people suffer from depression. Not discriminating against age, sex or race, it can include feelings of loneliness, anger, sadness, frustration and feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and uselessness. Someone can know if they have clinical depression and find out what treatments are available to them by speaking to a doctor. Battling depression can be a lifelong fight, but there are methods that can help in the struggle. Even though depression can surface in youth it does develop in people when they become older. Living with depression means that you must have an alternate outlook on life and be careful how you view things also being cautious of the situations that you put yourself in, the key to this is to know thyself.
Depression is not a state of mind, but rather a serious medical condition that many people live with every day. Degrees of depression vary from person to person, and while one individual’s depression may be mild, another’s may be quite severe and seriously affect their ability to live their life on a day to day basis. While there are a myriad of medications available to combat depression, sometimes medications are not enough to treat this, at times, debilitating illness. But not all depression can be treated in the same methods because people are all different and rarely react the same way to treatments.
Depression does not mean that one has to give up and allow the depression to take over their life. Sometimes causing you to be un-involved in the world around you, becoming reclusive and quit speaking to your friends and family, however, knowing that you must fight these feelings and actually doing so, will improve your mood and aid you in living and surviving this. Even though the feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and feeling that you are all alone in the world may attempt to control your mind, you must know that these are not facts, and that every individual makes his or her own mark in the world whether they realize it or not. Being depressed, while it does affect your life, it does not have to control you. You do have a choice in how you handle it. Continue to go out and do things with friends, enjoy the things that you love, try new ideas and meet new people. Getting out and not isolating yourself from the world does make a difference in how deep your depression will take root. Surrounding yourself with people who understand and know about your depression and who will keep you encouraged will aid you in your fight.
There is help available to aid those out there who are nervous about going to see a psychiatrist. First of all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with someone attempting to get help for themselves or for someone that they care about. The stigma that used to be associated with psychiatric help is no longer a bad thing and it is a beginning in your fight against depression. There are many different resources that people can utilize to avoid being thought of as different because of a mental illness. There are various crisis phone numbers if one feels that there is no hope left for them. There is always help available 24/7 for people in crisis and feel their depression is too much for them to bear. Some crisis phone numbers to aid with living with depression are located below:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Suicide & Crisis Hotline
There are also support groups that can help you deal and live a better and more fulfilling life. Check with your doctor to see if they think that this may be a good way to aid in your treatment. Not everyone is suited for support groups.
Just because you are living with depression does not mean that it has to live your life for you. Use available resources and seek out the help that you need to combat it. Use every resource that you can, including your family, your friends and doctors to help make this easier to deal with. Don’t rely upon yourself alone, because you will need help to handle things and it is always better when you have people that you can lean on when things get to be too difficult to deal with on your own.
Always remember, there is hope and you are not alone! Spread the word on how to start living with depression!