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How to Cope with Depression


Life can be hard, and, when it is, stress may build up, and emotions may become negative and intense. When feelings of anger or sadness begin to swamp a person and drag them down, depression often develops. Depression makes it harder to function – even getting out of bed in the morning may feel pointless or just too difficult. Sometimes, depression leads to self-loathing, and even to suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts). While the severity of depression (which may be classified as minor or major type) varies, the toll it takes in even the mildest cases is not to be dismissed or underestimated.  


People who feel down for extended periods of time have a harder time “getting up” again – depression has been linked with low levels of serotonin (neurotransmitters) in human beings. The body, unaccustomed to pleasure and feelings of happiness and fulfillment, may suffer from chemical imbalances, and people with depression struggle to find ways out of the “darkness”. Common symptoms of depression include fatigue, irritability, loss (or increase) of appetite, loss of weight or weight gain, and feelings of hopelessness…


Luckily, licensed medical doctors understand a great deal about depressive disorders, and they are compassionate, skilled practitioners of various therapies that help to heal or minimize the symptoms of depression. For example, antidepressants may be used to boost serotonin levels and to balance moods – these medications are available at bricks-and-mortar or online pharmacies. No one should take an anti-depressant without supervision (and a valid prescription) from a medical doctor. These drugs have great value, but they also have side effects which must be carefully tracked and monitored. Under the care of a good doctor, patients may begin to feel better in the short and long term.


Often, self-care, such as cardio exercise, proper diet, and sufficient hydration will contribute to a better sense of well-being. However, people who are depressed usually lack the motivation and energy needed to adjust their lifestyles. On the whole, depression may not “pass” on its own, unless it is situational depression caused by a stressful event (such as a death in the family, a job loss, etc.). It’s always best to speak to a health care professional to make sure that you get the help you need – remember that depression is very common, and that it is nothing to be ashamed of.  The stigma surrounding mental health issues is largely a thing of the past; today, educated people recognize that anyone may fall prey to depression. The best place to discuss your feelings is at a doctor’s office, where patient-doctor confidentiality is in place.


With the right treatment, depression will ease and feelings of sadness will no longer predominate. While coping with depression is tough, many have walked this path and then moved on to happier lives. Empower yourself by facing your depression and seeking help – when you do, you’ll gain access to medications, counselling, and other medical services that help to put your life back on track…finding a solution to depression may be as easy as finding the right doctor and opening up about your life and your own emotions.


Disclaimer - The medical data and advice provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a medical doctor. Therefore, this website and its operators cannot take responsibility for results based on information provided here. Always see a doctor if you need professional medical advice.For serious health matters, visit a hospital emergency room or a health care clinic.