How to Overcome Depression

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Sadness or a depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction when experiencing certain life events. Depression is more than going through a rough state in your life, it's a serious mental health condition. People with depression experience hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness, loss of interests in activities, lack of concentration, social isolation, exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, thoughts of suicide, and can also have physical aches and pains.

 

There are varying factors that can cause depression such as chemical imbalances, genetics, medications, and experiences. The contributing causes for developing depression is different for everyone, the most important thing is to realize that this is not a flaw in your character and to recognize the signs so you may seek support.

 

Some people will take a holistic or natural remedy approach to heal depression by eating healthy, exercising, meditating, acupuncture, spending time outdoors, creating art, talk therapy/support groups, and/or taking natural supplements. I recommend you do your research to find what is best for you.

 

If going the natural route is not for you and you want or need prescribed medication, make an appointment with your primary physician or a nurse practitioner as they can help you determine what type of provider (therapist) you should see. If your health insurance covers mental health services ask for the contact information of local service providers who accept your insurance plan.

 

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide get help. If you don't have anyone to talk to you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. It offers 24/7 support.

 

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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