Coping with Depression – You’re Not Alone

Coping With DepressionDepression affects nearly 1 in 4 Canadians that will need professional help at some time in their life. There are many different types of depression and no experience is the same. From Seasonal Affective Disorder to Major Depressive Disorder to Bipolar Disorder and everything in between, depression is not something to be ashamed of and should not be ignored.

Symptoms of Depression

There are a wide variety of symptoms in people that suffer from depression. Some people may lose interest in normal hobbies, activities and food, while others feel incredibly exhausted all the time or wake up very early in the morning. There’s no right or wrong symptom of depression.

Everyone, from time to time, experiences grief or sadness. Depression is different. There is a change in the person and without help, the depression may last months or even years.

Causes of Depression

Depression can be caused from a large range of factors. From genetic predisposition to an unhealthy environment to abnormal brain chemistry to a sudden loss, change or stress, there are endless reasons someone might suffer from sadness. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone and there are people who are here to help you.

How Can You Help Yourself

Coping with depression may or may not be something you can handle on your own. Many people don’t have the energy to even begin to try. Learning how to cope with daily stressors can be very difficult, and simple lifestyle changes may help ease the feelings of hopelessness and sadness. And if you’re hoping to overcome this sadness by yourself, there are certain things you can focus on doing, including:

  • Exposing yourself to sunlight
  • Connecting and staying active with supportive friends and family
  • Doing things that make you feel good
  • Planning activities with friends
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Using mood boosting essential oils
  • Staying active, even if you’re going for a quick walk around the block

Getting Help

If the depression becomes too overwhelming for you to handle on your own, please seek help. There are many resources out there to help you through this. Getting help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Depression can be treated and you can feel better. Counselors are there to view the depressive state without judgment, and to seek out the cause or trigger of the depression. Often, simply identifying the source can enhance treatment outcomes and provide relief. Counseling can also help you to recognize your own strength, independence and adaptability to change.

Seeking help is important if you’re suffering feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Or if someone you know is experiencing depression and you think they need professional help, speak to someone. They will thank you later.

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