Depression - What to Do?
Let us get rid of some myths about depression right away. Depression is not a sign of weakness. It is not a lack of character or courage. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill are two of the many historic figures known to have suffered from serious depression. Well-known and highly respected figures from all walks of life are among the millions of people who experience depression.
Being depressed is not uncommon. The most common complaint of people who seek counseling is that of feeling depressed. In fact, it is estimated that over six million people in the United States need professional help for depression.
If you think you are depressed, or someone you love is depressed, here are some steps to take that may help.
Taking Care of Depression
In those cases where a difficult life situation has led to depression, self-help steps can be taken to control it.
Face Up to Depression
Guilt and denial waste energy and do not help solve the problem. Acceptance of the depression relieves pressure.
Recognize the Problem
If your depression is the result of a loss, try to identify the exact time when the loss and feelings of depression began. What was the cause? Why did it happen? What do you need to do now?
Often depression responds to structure. Combine structured activities with opportunities to release the turbulent feelings that often accompany depression.
(Source: Center for Disease Control, Clemson Extension)