Coping with depression

DaisyFarrar By DaisyFarrar, 24th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A few ways of coping with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and bi-polar.
feelings you may have to deal with and ways you can help yourself.

do you suffer with depression?

One in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their life. It's quite a shocking statistic really, but it really does give some comfort to the people who have mental health problems. Knowing that there is probably someone living on the same street as them going through or have gone through something similar.
Its easy for someone to be flippant with phrases like "I'm so depressed." when in reality they're just having a bad day. Problems like depression are a long-term, painful and grueling thing to live with without some form of treatment. Luckily, there are lots of ways of dealing with depression once you have been diagnosed. The first step of dealing with depression is having the courage to admit you have a problem, either to a family member,friend or doctor. Doctors surgeries legally have to keep your appointments confidential (patient confidentiality) this way, you can talk to your doctor without the worry of family members or friends finding out if you don't wish them to.
Being honest with a loved one about what you are going through can be helpful, they can act as a rock throughout your recovery. If you feel your depression is not severe enough to talk to a doctor, psychiatrist or councilor, a friend or family member can certainly help pick you up when you are having a bad day.
However, if you do feel that you really need some form of treatment for your problem, booking an appointment with your GP is the easiest step forward. being honest about how you've been feeling to your GP will ensure the best way to move forward with your treatment.
If your doctor feels you need to do something about the way you feel they will most likely refer you to a psychiatrist, a councilor, or they may give you leaflets for groups in which you can talk about your feelings. Being referred to a psychiatrist will give you a diagnosis. You will be offered either a treatment in tablet form, or you could have sessions with someone to talk to arranged.
They prefer trying to get you to talk about your issues before prescribing you medication. But it is ultimately your choice, if talking to someone is just too daunting for you, pushing to have medication is probably the best idea for you. Causing you more stress is something you need to obviously avoid.
With any mental illness, getting treatment right takes time, finding something that works for you can be difficult. Medication will most likely need tweeking over a course of months or years depending on how well you react to them.
The same with counseling etc. you may find you just don't click with certain councilors, thats fine, you can always try different people to talk to.
But throughout the whole process, having someone you know and are happy to talk to while you are recovering can be very helpful. Even if you choose medicine, having a person to call or invite round for a chat at any time of day can help you get things off your chest.
I found keeping a diary helpful, even if you only write your feelings down when you are feeling low. You could write in it daily. It sounds like a cliche, but looking back on the things you write when you are feeling better can sometimes even make you laugh and feel a bit silly. I know thats how I felt when i first looked back in my diary. It puts things into perspective. Depression makes you over exaggerate even the smallest, pettiest of situations, making you feel really very awful about something someone who isn't a sufferer would just brush off.
If you are someone that feels the need to self-harm to deal with tough situations, there are many other alternatives than hurting yourself. Things like squeezing an ice cube in your hand until the feeling passes, scribbling on a piece of paper, drawing on the place you would usually cut. Like all ways of dealing with depression, it may take you a while to find something that works for you.
Just remember, this is just temporary. There is always a way out, you are better than all of that :)

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author avatar Demiljohn
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Very helpful Hun x

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jun 2014 (#)

It is not easy to get expert assessment in poor countries. I have seen many with negative attitude but they may be suffering from depression and need treatment. People in Asia suffer from all ailments but depression is hardly talked about - siva

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