15 December 2017

How to Cope Living with Depression


As a crippling mental illness, Depression can affect your life and the way you live it in a multitude of significant ways. From skipping social meetups to avoiding responsibilities altogether, it is important that you understand your illness and the ways in which you can get better. As a sufferer myself, I know how isolating life with depression can be; but with right support system and doctor’s advice, you are capable of getting better. Remember, there are millions of people in the world who are affected by the same illness as you, so you will never once be alone. It’s just down to you to take that all-important step to recovery and realise this.

Speak to Your GP
Are you experiencing long periods of sadness but can’t quite pin down why? Do you find yourself sleeping for hours upon end? Do you struggle to find the motivation to complete simple tasks? Then my advice to you is to speak to your GP. These are common symptoms of depression and are something that needs to be dealt with before it consumes you. By contacting your doctor and pursuing their professional opinion, they will be able to discuss with you the best course of treatment for your specific symptoms. This could vary from something as easy as establishing a daily routine to a trial of antidepressants (or even both).

Creating a Routine
Whether you choose to take the route of medication or counselling, your GP will too express the importance of creating a daily routine. Starting from a reasonable sleeping pattern, this can greatly affect the way in which you feel during the day. Whether you sleep for too long or too little, this can create a chemical imbalance, ultimately causing you mood to drop. However, if you sleep for a maximum of 8 hours per night, not only will you see an improvement in your temperament but you’ll be able to fit in more activities during the day that you enjoy.

This is yet another significant aspect within you daily routine, making sure that you take part in the pastimes you love. By exercising or knitting, or even spending time with your friends and family, you’ll notice yourself feeling better. This is because when you go out of your way to commit to an activity, you’ll feel a sense of achievement and therefore want to spend more time away from the ‘safe space’ (aka your bed) that is ultimately triggering your depression.

Antidepressants
Another way in which your doctor may offer you help is through the prescription of antidepressants. These often come in a range of dosages to accommodate the needs of a spectrum of cases, but it is common to start on the lowest level in which your side effects seem to be settled. As side effects aren’t regularly affected until a couple of weeks later, doctors can choose whether to increase this dosage if no improvement is visible within a month or so. This is due to the potential increasing of side effects.

Nevertheless, if you feel as though antidepressants aren’t the right option for you and your body, then read on, as we discuss the topic of counselling and the variety of talk therapies available.


Try Talking, the Best Kind of Therapy
As probably the most common treatment alongside antidepressants, counselling involves the conversing of yourself and a trained psychologist or counsellor. Usually, this method is designed to discover underlying issues associated with your mental illness and how you are able to overcome this. Like your GP, they often discuss the topic of hobbies and what you like to do in order to elevate your mood. By following the advice given to you by your counsellor, you should be able to produce the methods in which you can once again find a sense of achievement within your life.

Reach Out to Your Family and Friends
If, like many others, you find the prospect of talking to a medical professional terrifying, then try discussing your symptoms with those closest to you first. Without judgement or a sense of shame, they will be able to convince you of the most suitable options for your needs, even if this entails help with some of your responsibilities on a temporary basis. With advice on money management and living with depression, Mental Health and Money Advice is the best resource for you. The bigger the community you share with, the more support will be available to you on those unspeakable darker days.

With the comfort of knowing those who love you are there, ask someone to attend a GP appointment with you. I cannot stress the importance enough of seeking this medical advice, especially as it’s the key to you returning or at least attempting to return to your exciting previous life.

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