Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dealing With Depression: Helpful Tips And Advice!

By Lori D. Edwards

Being depressed is more than just "a case of the blues". People will depression often go on to suffer insomnia, anxiety, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation. Depression is a serious medical condition that should be dealt with. Help is available but you have to seek it out. Read on for some ideas on how to help yourself get past your depression.

When you are feeling depressed, be sure to eat nutritious, healthful meals and snacks regularly. You should particularly make sure to eat breakfast due to the fact that it boosts your metabolism, and can help to fight off hunger which prevents overeating. Consider cooking up some cold-water fish as a way to introduce it into your diet. Studies show that foods high in fatty acids like omega 3s can help reduce depression symptoms.

Try to be positive no matter what happens if you have depression. This is imperative because having a positive frame of mind will put you in the position best suited for dealing with problems as they arise.

Try and avoid putting yourself in a negative spiral of depression symptoms. Over-analyzing your negative thoughts and feelings can have the same effect. Keep your chin high, and encourage those closest to you to do the same.

Caffeine should be avoided when you are suffering from depression. It's been proven that caffeine can actually increase your depression. If you drink a lot of soda or coffee, think about changing to a decaffeinated version of the drinks you enjoy.

Get enough physical exercise every day. Although you don't want to overdo it because too much can make you more depressed, so stick to a routine of around an hour each day. Exercising causes your brain to release endorphins, which will make you feel happy. It can also release serotonin that can increase the oxygen in your brain.

Anti-depressant medications should be taken at a certain, set time every day. Mornings are the best time to take them, if this is possible for you. When a pattern is being held to, it's tougher to forget your medication doses. Also, by taking the medication in the morning, this allows you to function normally through work, and also through your other daily responsibilities.

If you suffer from depression, you should avoid alcohol. Avoid drinking alcohol if you are prone to depression or if you are taking any type of depression medication. Going to AA meetings and ridding your house of alcohol is recommended if you're struggling to beat alcoholism.

A suggestion recommended when you are dealing with depression is to repair any personal problems you may have. Any problem, no matter how large or small, will exacerbate your condition, if it is not properly addressed. Make sure you take the time and initiative to fix problems, if you can.

So, as you just read from the above article, treating depression requires plenty of hard work, effort and research in order to see meaningful changes. It's true, too, that if you want to see the results, you must keep at it. Remember the advice of this article, put it to work for you and you should see positive results from your efforts soon.

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