We have all been there. Things in our lives are not working out like we thought they would, and everything seems harder to deal with some days. Maybe you have a boss who is driving your crazy, or a spouse who doesn’t seem to understand you anymore. Or perhaps your children seem so out of control you want to pack your bags and head on a mini vacation all by yourself. No matter what problems people have, there are many choices.
Some people choose to deal with the problems as they arise, and find solutions that work for everyone. If you fall into that category, congratulations, because you are in the minority these days. According to medical researchers, the vast majority of the adult population in the United States admits to being overwhelmed a few times a week by various problems. And those problems, if left untreated, can lead to sadness and even depression.
Let’s clarify what depression really means. When a person has occasional periods of feeling sad or blue, that is not depression. But when a person has feelings of overwhelming sadness for at least two weeks or more, that is classified as depression. Most people who are depressed will find it difficult to experience joy in their lives, or to even participate in their daily activities. They will probably also feel run down and wonder where their energy got to, but at the same time, may experience problems with sleeping.
People who are depressed may also lose interest in eating and throughout the day will have an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and doom. They will feel as if their lives are slowly spinning out of control…and they are at a loss as to what to do about it.
The New York Times states that about one-third of people with depression have an alcohol problem, and statistics provided by the University of Utah show that 27 percent of people who have major depressive disorder have a drug addiction as well. Escaping your depression by drinking or using illegal drugs is never the answer. Sure, you may get a short term reprise from your negative feelings, but in the end, when it is all said and done, you will most likely develop an addiction to the drug of your choice. Depression is a treatable mental health condition, and once you seek help for your problems, you will be on the path to creating a new life for yourself.
The first step is to understand the symptoms of depression, which include:
If you are depressed there are some steps you can take that may help you. Keep in mind that not everyone who suffers from depression will react to the same ideas on how they can begin to feel better. Go through the list below and carefully consider taking action steps today. If one idea doesn’t suit you, try another one.
Medical researchers suggest trying some of these actions to help a person overcome depression:
If you feel as if you may be suffering from depression, seek professional help. Your family physician can help you diagnose depression, which is a medical condition and nothing to be ashamed of.