Today’s society helps make more reasons to be depressed. But with advanced remedies and better qualified therapists, there’s also more ways to manage depression. But it really is irritating whenever someone believes you should simply be able to snap out of it – as though you are simply enduring a stomach ache or something.
And occasionally you may encounter folks in your life like my friend, John, who appears over-the-top excited and cheerful everyday. It’s funny, he reminds me of that character on the Simpsons called “Ned Flanders,” and I’d chuckle to myself when I’d think of that comparison.
When is a person thought to be “clinically depressed?” Clinical depression has a lengthy list of symptoms, but quickly it basically indicates you feel so down for a minimum of two weeks that you can’t accomplish the things you usually do.
As you likely already understand, depression can be greatly different for different people. But MDD or “Major Depressive Disorder” is the more severe kind of depression. But MDD is not a condition that comes on abruptly. No, it evolves over time, so don’t allow yourself to deteriorate to that level without getting support first.
But a short summary of the standard symptoms of depression include: Sleeping too long or not long enough just about every night. Over-eating or under-eating on a regular basis. Low energy, the feeling of being fatigued all the time. Other symptoms that also show up with the others are various inexplicable conditions like stomachaches or headaches.
So how do you deal with depression properly? The simple answer is with a blend of external help and self-help. We’ll review both of these individually below:
Outside Support: The outside support should start with a search for a qualified health care provider in your town – somebody who is educated and experienced in dealing with depression. The best health care provider is going to be skilled in a lot of unique treatment methods, which means he or she doesn’t have a background of only dispensing medication. Some doctors, for example, seem to always push for surgery over physical rehabilitation.
…So what you’d want to do is ask about a ‘depression doctor’s’ treatment options. Which ones has he or she has used in the past year on patients? Because remember that often it’s a combination of therapies that ends up being the most effective for people.
Self-Help Options: This one’s easy – Simply reading self-help books and applying what you’ve read! But keep in mind that even the best self-help book on defeating depression will not work without your participation. Self-help books have proven to be better in many cases than ‘professional’ counseling, but only with the willing and (somewhat) enthusiastic participation of the reader.
On the other hand, don’t expect any permanent, long-lasting help from medication alone. That is, unless your particular problem is due 100% to a chemical imbalance in your brain (like low serotonin levels for example).
If you are completely dedicated battling your depression, however, and not waiting for some ‘magic pill” to fix all of life’s problems, then applying what you read in self-help books can do wonders for you. The reason for this is when you take an active role in your health and not a passive role, you are already 50 percent cured before you even start! Your open-mindedness kick-starts you into gear, and makes you able to apply treatment strategies with awesome effectiveness.
Charles’s amazing survival of a suicide attempt when he was just 16 inspired him to write a controversial book to help others titled “Outsmart Your Depression By Learning More About Yourself: A Step-By-Step Guide With Extraordinary Case Studies.” To discover more about how to deal with depression go to his site at http://dealwithdepression.org/