Depression is an illness that can be crippling for sufferers, as they may want to sleep all the time and have no motivation to go about their day. While depression affects more women than men, it can harm anyone and needs to be dealt with. Read this article for tips on dealing with depression.
Never stop a medication on your own. Many people will start a new medication when they are feeling down then immediately stop taking it when they are feeling better. This is a terrible idea as it can actually cause you to feel even worse than you did initially. Always consult a doctor before stopping.
Do not let your depression control your social life by keeping up with normal social outings and activities. If you feel depressed, you might feel like you do not want to do some things. You will have to make a few efforts to be socially active. Maintain your normal daily activities. If you avoid normal activities, you may feel even worse.
Allow yourself to fail sometimes. One of the biggest things people with depression struggle with is perfectionism. You don’t have to do everything right all the time. Sometimes you’ll get things wrong, and that’s okay. Focus on what did go right instead of the things that went wrong, and move on.
Make sure you’re getting about eight hours of sleep a night. People with depression tend to either sleep too little or far too much. In either case, both your mood and your health will suffer. Schedule your sleep patterns so that you’re getting just the right amount of sleep each night.
Have realistic expectations. Often depressed people fixate on some unrealistic goal that they believe will cure their depression. For some it is money, for others it may be longing for an idealistic Mr. or Miss. “Right” to spend the rest of their life with. While having a goal is good, keep it realistic. Instead of being unhappy with your current job and longing to win the lottery, take college courses or a vocational program to increase your income potential. If you are lonely, get out and get involved with activities you enjoy. Even if you don’t meet someone, you will have fun; and if you do meet someone, they are much more likely to have similar interests to you unlike a random stranger in a bar.
Drink a lot of water if you are feeling depressed. The body can survive for weeks without food, but without water our body and brain will begin to shut down. It is almost impossible to be happy when your body is dehydrated because your brain is not working properly. Try to drink filtered water when possible because many cities water have chemicals in them, and we do not know how this affects our brain.
If you feel that you have symptoms that are indicative of depression, try to talk to a physician and connect with a therapist. Too often, this untreated illness can ruin lives or end in suicide. Please remember the tips in this article if you or a loved one may be suffering from depression.