Dealing With Depression

October 13th, 2010

It’s one of those days where I feel so crappy I can’t concentrate on what’s in front of me – literally!

I either daydream too much or too often, put it off until later which turns into days, or just don’t want to do it.  I know most people feel this way but it’s a little different when you’re depressed.  Cleaning around the house could be seen as exercise depending on the activity such as vacuuming or sweeping.  You do the task and in most cases you feel like you got something accomplished. 

When you’re depressed you feel like “why bother?” 

One of the things that is so hard to do while being depressed is changing the way you think and see things around you.  It’s one thing to have a negative comment or thought to say about something other than yourself but when it comes to saying something about yourself its all you know.

Sometimes you have a hard time seeing things in a good way. 

It’s difficult to talk to someone because they either won’t understand or you think they don’t care. I know there are people I can talk to when I’m looking to be cheered up or to get something off my chest but it takes a lot of patience, practice, and positive energy to make that change work.  Another one of those “easier said than done” deals.

Patience, practice, and positivity are the 3 P’s I chose to help me deal with my depression because I think they are needed to overcome it or at least make each day better than the day before.

October 5th, 2010

Think back to your last manic episode.  Were you just all of the sudden generally sad, or was there a specific event that threw you into a funk?

For many it may start with a bad review at work, a rude customer, a spat with the parents or a significant other.  People on the outside are so quick to say, “Oh it isn’t that bad” or how about “just let it roll of your back”.  If only it were that easy right?

Well it can be.  One bad event does not define you nor does it have any power to control your day.  The key to rising out of the funk is not by avoiding any situation that might get rough.  That would be impossible.  The key is what you do after.  Reflect on the situation but don’t dwell on it.  In your reflection there are a few questions that you should ask yourself to thoroughly assess the situation.

Could I have done something differently?

Take responsibility if you had a part in the situation.  If you could have reacted differently, take notes for the next time.

Why am I feeling this way?

Why does this situation touch you so personally?  Remember all relationships have their ups and downs.  This is normal.  Ask yourself if it can be worked out.  Talk it out instead of internalizing it.

This is a good start.  Most depressives take everything to heart.  We have the tendency to equate our self worth with what other people may think of us.  The first step is to step away from the situation.  Don’t keep it in, find someone to bounce your thoughts off of.

September 20th, 2010

We have all heard terms like Monday blues and manic Mondays.  These terms were always considered a way of expressing that we don’t want to see the weekend come to a close.  However this is a real affliction, not just a psychological urban legend.

If you find yourself more upset or depressed on Mondays, don’t be alarmed.  All we need to do is get into a more positive mindset.  Don’t think of Monday as the demise of yet another weekend or the beginning of another horrible week.  Think of Monday as a clean slate and a pathway to yet another splendid weekend!  Mondays present new opportunities and new ways to meet new goals.  Make new friends and accomplish new things.

So no more manic Mondays.  Let’s have magnificent Mondays!  Happy Monday!  Let’s have a great week.

September 8th, 2010

This is my very first post so I want to clear up some common misconceptions about depression.  There seems to be a stigma that still exists in society today when it comes to mental health issues.  This stigma keeps us from researching and learning.  Let’s talk about some statistics.

54% of people believe that depression is a personal weakness.  This could not be further from the truth.  One of the effects of depression is a feeling of low self-worth.

80% of people suffering from depression are not receiving treatment.  Depression is a disease that can be cured.  Can you imagine having a broken bone and not going to the doctor?  Or how about having a sore throat?  Many of us hurry up and reach for the cough drops.  Why is there not such a sense of urgency when it comes to mental health?  The psyche is a part of the body that needs to be taken care of as well.

15% of depressed individuals will attempt suicide.  This is a scary figure.  It is especially disturbing when there is cure for depression.

By 2020, depression will be the second largest killer next to heart disease.  Here we are searching for a cure to other diseases but not utilizing the treatments available for depression.

Depression is not something that should be ignored.