Depression is one of the most common mood disorders, affecting many millions of people worldwide. A vast majority of them seek professional help and are prescribed antidepressants, therapy and encouraged to make a few lifestyle changes.
But for all too many depressed patients, these helpful measures only provide temporary relief or, even worse, result in side effects that are worse than the depression itself!
It has been said that the Internet is potentially one of the greatest self-help tools there is. This is partly because of the nature of depression, and the sense of apathetic helplessness that typically comes over someone suffering from it.
Thanks to things like online support groups, social networking and almost limitless access to information, it’s now possible for sufferers to seek help for their depression without having to leave home or answer uncomfortable questions to do so.
This article will explore a few of the ways that you can try to treat your own depression without the use of costly and side effect producing antidepressants.
Depression self help:
- Find the underlying cause, and address it: Easier said than done in many cases, but this is the most effective way to conquer depression. In many cases, there are a few steps you can take to actively engage with the cause of your depression, and make a vast improvement to your life.
- Seek help from friends and family: When it comes to beating depression, your greatest tool is your social support network. The knowledge that you can find support and comfort from loved ones can make all the difference to overcoming depression.
- Make a few subtle lifestyle changes: Eating well, exercising regularly, and making time for yourself to do things you enjoy are all essential elements of a proactive action plan for beating depression. Although it might not be as easy as popping a multivitamin and going for a run, with regular effort you really can make a huge difference to your quality of life.
- Try herbal remedies: There are many herbal remedies that seem to work for mild depression. St. John’s Wort is probably the most well known and comprehensively tested natural depression remedies, and is well worth trying if you haven’t before. It’s inexpensive and available at most pharmacies and health stores.
- Supplement your diet: Research has shown that certain vitamins and minerals are commonly found to be lacking in the diet of depressed people. Try a comprehensive multivitamin as well as folic acid and omega 3 supplements to try to correct your depression with good nutrition.
If your depression is severe, or none of these steps does anything to ease your mood, it’s time to seek professional help. Not all depression requires medication; but in some cases, there is simply no other alternative.
Although it is virtually impossible to cure a major depressive, disorder through these steps alone, making a few simple changes to your life. The worse thing you can do is to accept that this is your life and that you can do nothing to change it. There is plenty of help available for those who need it.