Depression is a Real Mental Illness

Depression is a real mental illness that can not just be turned off. People suffering from depression can not just "get over it". Basically, depression is defined as a common mental disorder that alters the way a person functions through life. It can vary in its' severity and can be brought on by unfortunate or even traumatic experiences.

Feelings of failure, such as a job loss, can cause financial and relational stress leading to depression. Loss of a loved one is the most stressful of events one can experience. Depression can play a huge part in the grieving process. Changes in hormones can also trigger depression in women of all ages. Pinpointing the cause of depression can help determine treatment options.

I believe in "self-treatment". I want to share with you a few self-help tips that have helped me. In no way should these tips replace professional help. They are only little ways to help get through those difficult days.

Positive Thinking – Focus on the good things in your life. Everyone has something or someone to be thankful for. Count these blessings, they were given to you.

Exercise / Healthy Eating – Everyone can benefit from taking care of themselves. Exercise is a natural "feel good" activity. Research is underway on how poor diet and vitamin deficiencies are linked to depression.

Relax – Take some time to put your feet up. Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Stress is a huge culprit for depression.

Do What You Enjoy – Depression can steal our zest. Did you once enjoy drawing, reading or sports? Find the joy in the things you once loved to do. See if it lifts your spirits.

I also believe in "letting it out". Do not dwell, just find ways to let out feelings of sadness, anger, jealousy or whatever makes you depressed. Pretending I'm okay only makes me feel worse at the end of the day.

– Talk to someone you trust
– Write down your feelings
– Have a "good cry"

These are some of the things I do to ease my mind and my depression. I find writing the most helpful and when the tears come, just let them come. I hope you find relief as I do.