Steps to Recover from Depression

Learn how I beat Depression

The first step to recover from depression is accepting that you have it.  Congratulations!  If you are reading this article, you’ve already done this successfully!  The second step is seeking some sort of treatment.

Because every depressed person is different, the treatment options that work for one person may not work for another.  Try talking about what you’re going through with a trusted friend or confidant-someone you know will listen and not judge you.  If you’re not comfortable talking about your feelings with someone you know, try joining a support group where you can receive encouragement, share your feelings, and maybe even encourage someone else.  Either way, the important thing is not to let yourself get isolated from friends, family, and those who love you.  Isolation is not your friend-it will only drag you deeper into the pit of despair.

Try to identify what it was that triggered the depression in the first place.  Though it is true that depression can be influenced by chemical changes or imbalances in the brain, it is often also the body’s way of signaling a red flag.  An emotional or mental imbalance has occurred, and you need to do something about it.  Rarely does a person simply wake up depressed one morning.  Sometimes, a significant life change such as the death of a loved one or job loss is “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”  Other times, the root cause of a depression case may be less apparent, and more difficult to discern.  In these cases, it may be advisable to seek help from a professional therapist on some level.

An important part of recovery can also be replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.  The catch-22 of how our minds work is that the more we try not to think about something, the more we usually think of that exact thing.  The key to changing negative thought patterns is not to try not to have them, but rather to replace them.  A good exercise to try in this situation is to write down the critical, depressing thoughts on a piece of paper.  Then for each thought, force yourself to come up with a positive thought that must also be true for you.  For example, the thought, “My wife hates me.  She doesn’t trust how I handle money,” can be replaced with, “My wife wants to work together with me on the family finances.”  A wonderful side benefit of this method is that our thoughts never look as imposing on paper as they do rattling around inside our heads.

Finally, if you’ve tried these methods and nothing seems to work, perhaps a chemical imbalance exists that needs to be addressed with medication.  Your family doctor will be able to diagnose whether or not a prescription antidepressant is necessary, and should be able to direct you to a qualified mental health professional.

Learn how I beat Depression

1 Comment

  1. purple-_-emo_- ninja
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    hi my name is jackie fairchild. i am 15 years old. my best friend died 6 months ago and i have had depression for almost a 5 months now and im just know excpeting it ur artical is really helping me as i go along. thank you so much i can try to live my life once again. :)

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