Fighting depression is never easy but it is much easier than living with depression and sinking deeper and deeper into its darkness.
There are no quick solutions for depression and there is nobody that can do all the work for you.
Therefore, if you are depressed, you need to take control over your life and confront your depressive disorder with all the power you have.
Power of healing is in you. However, that does not mean that you can do it by yourself. Psychotherapy or counseling is strongly recommended and without it, your chances to get better are slim to none.
A very important part of fighting depression in the right way is to find the right therapist or counselor for you. What does this mean? It means that you should feel comfortable when in therapy and that you have confidence in your therapist. If you do not like a certain therapist that does not mean that, they are not good, but it does mean that you should change them because they are not good for you.
Psychotherapy or counseling is the place where the true healing process is taking place. Sometimes antidepressants should be used, but in many cases, this is not the case. Antidepressants are overused and misused by the millions of people every day and that makes their condition even worse.
Depression medication is not a cure for depression, but rather a tool that is used in severe cases so that patient is capable of participating in psychotherapy. Unfortunately, many people believe that antidepressants are some magic pills that will take a way their depression. This is never the case.
Important things to notice are that when taking antidepressants, one needs to be in psychotherapy and under the health professional’s supervision. Otherwise, there is a chance that the medication can be misused and abused, which can lead to more severe depression or even suicide.
Depression medication can be helpful when fighting depression, but it can also be devastating when misused. For example, mixing alcohol and antidepressants is very risky and potentially deadly. Due to the mixing of alcohol and depression medication, many people lost their lives including many celebrities.
Any medication when misused is potentially dangerous, especially those medications such as antidepressants and painkillers. Therefore, self medicating is not an option and should always be avoided.
The big part of fighting depression needs to be making positive changes in your life and reducing stress levels as much as you can. What exactly you need to do to reduce stress in your life can be dicussed with your therapist or counselor. However, there are some general things that most people should do when fighting depression.
Forget about junk food and start eating healthy foods. Physical exercise is in most cases, strongly recommended. Positive thinking is the key to successful depression treatments. This is why you should practice positive thinking. Invest time and money in yourself and the things you enjoy. Take care of yourself because if you do not do it nobody will.
Of course, all this is much easier said that done. That is why you need professional help to accomplish it. Aside from psychotherapy, it is very helpful to have the appropriate support from family members and friends. However, for them to be able to properly support you, they need to be educated about depression and the appropriate support for depressed individual.
Good intentions are never enough. Many parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, girlfriends, boyfriends and friends are trying their best to help their loved one that is depressed, but all that they accomplish, is to make their loved one feel even worse.
Fighting depression is always easier with the appropriate family support. Therefore, everything should be done to make it happen.