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How to help yourself if you are depressed

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by cordellpascall, Sep 18, 2009.

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  1. cordellpascall

    cordellpascall New Member

    Depressive disorders make one feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect the actual circumstances. Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect. In the meantime:

    * Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.
    * Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
    * Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive.
    * Participate in activities that may make you feel better.
    * Mild exercise, going to a movie, a ballgame, or participating in religious, social, or other activities may help.
    * Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.
    * It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition-change jobs, get married or divorced-discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
    * People rarely "snap out of" a depression. But they can feel a little better day-by-day.
    * Remember, positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.
    * Let your family and friends help you.
  2. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Thank you for this :)
  3. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    GReat post.
  4. ashes_away

    ashes_away Well-Known Member

    the problem with these tips is when you are depressed these are the last things you want to do.
  5. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    Good Points!! The only thing I would add is to have a good therapist to help you along your path..
  6. zenonzyta01

    zenonzyta01 New Member

    Hi all,

    While i suffered from depression, i like to follow this path for reduce it and handle myself,

    1. Do not read newspapers
    2. Turn off my television
    3. Say good things about others
    4. Do physical exercise
    5. Breathe deep and relax
  7. Zoe

    Zoe Well-Known Member

    1. Drink plenty of water
    2. Try to eat well - but if you can't face this - drink well
    3. Try to stay distracted with gentle nice things that aren't daunting
    4. Keep a line of communication open with someone you feel comfortable with
    5. Set some time aside for meditation/breathing relaxation
    6. Keep washed even if it's the last thing you feel like doing, staying unwashed and in pyjamas sends a message to yourself that you're unwell.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 2, 2009
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