Depression is one of those health conditions that usurps every part of a suffering individual’s life. Employment, interpersonal relationships responsibilities, motivation, future goals, level of patience, etc. are all affected by depressions sting. As I described in a previous article, depression clouds the sufferers lens so that everything appears nebulous.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), a study found that the most likely to be depressed included:
- persons 45-64 years of age
- blacks, Hispanics, non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races
- persons with less than a high school education
- those previously married
- individuals unable to work or unemployed
- persons without health insurance coverage
About 1 in 10 adults experience depression and depression has been dubbed the leading cause of disability in the US. Can you blame Americans? With so much going on outside and inside of our personal lives, it is no wonder many more people aren’t depressed. Sadly, depression has been riddled with all sorts of negative labels which have prevented many from reaching out for help in some way. As a result, we have a society of adults (children and adolescents) walking through depression daily.
How can we keep up in our fast paced society while feeling so bad? It’s almost impossible! Here is a listing of things that you can do to cope with depression at home:
- Find out if it’s truly depression: In some cases, what feels and looks like depression could actually be a medical condition. A few examples include:
- An under-active thyroid or thyroid disorders (causing poor metabolism)
- heart problems
- Alcohol abuse (alcohol is a sedative and at high amounts, can lead to depression)
- Chronic debilitating physical pain
- Migraine headaches (or low levels of serotonin)
- anemia (causing weakness and fatigue)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- medications taken for other conditions such as diabetes (certain medication cause depressed mood)
- street drugs (will be discussed in next few articles)
- poor sleeping patterns
- normal grief
All of these tips are also good for children and teens.
There are so many things that you can do to help yourself. In many cases, therapy and antidepressant medications only help but so far. You have to find it within yourself to help you. If you don’t help yourself, who will!?
I liken the battle to stay “depression free” to a warfare. You have to get off the sidelines and re-enter the battle-zone. Re-position yourself, take your tools, and enter the battlefield of life again. You have a finish line to get to and being depressed steals the greatest qualities you have from you.
If you would like to read about the reasons why so many people refuse treatment for depression, check out my article at my home site: Anchored-In-Knowledge. To listen to a free podcast on depression, click here.
If you would like to screen yourself online, try the MayClinic’s screen test for major depression. You can print this screen and show to your PCP/medical doctor or therapist.
I wish you all the best
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). An estimated 1 in 10 US adults report depression. CDC Features. Retrieved May 16, 2013 from, http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/.