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Depression: Help

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Jennifer Sanford

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of Depression: Help

Depression: Help Consider Antidepressant Medications Such as: Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa Get Exercise Get Good Nutrition: Eat plenty of fruits and
veggies; avoid foods that are high in sugar and
unhealthy fats Realize thoughts are not truths Get better control of your thoughts Live in the Now:
We often keep ourselves depressed by focusing on our regrets about the past or
our worry about the future. Practice mindfulness. Do good in the world Recognize the good in the world Recognize the good in you Schedule in FUN & engage in WELLNESS Activities
For example... go to a movie, read a good book,
walk on the beach, fingerpaint, journal, listen to
music, take a bath Thoughts Behaviors Feelings Create some structured activities in your day:
Lack of structure can make you feel "lost,"
and can give you too much room to get lost in negative thoughts.
Having a plan for the day helps you to feel in control and to get things accomplished which feels good. Get enough sleep From WebMD: Does Alcohol Abuse Lead to Depression?
A number of studies have shown that alcohol abuse increases the risk for depression. This connection may be because of the sedative effects of alcohol on the brain. Researchers know that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to periods of depression.
Alcohol abuse also can have serious repercussions on a person's life, leading to financial and legal troubles, as well as marital stress. If you're struggling with money or grappling with a failed relationship, you're more likely to feel depressed. Be social; talk to your friends Recognize the reciprocal influences: Tend to your surroundings. Do your dishes & laundry, treat yourself to flowers.
Now is not the time to have a chaotic & messy environment. Have gratitude for what is working in your life Set and work toward goals Get inspired: try something new Recognize your thoughts and feelings
without judgment and without attachment Consider Therapy Avoid alcohol and drugs Don't give up Reduce the stressors in your life e.g., consider dropping a class, reducing your work hours, or taking a break from a stressful relationship Hopelessness is a symptom of depression,
it does not reflect your actual future Being around other people helps you feel less depressed,
better supported, & reminds you to get "out of your head"
and enjoy life Practice relaxation techniques Such as yoga, meditation, visualization, deep breathing... Studies show that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication at increasing energy levels and decreasing feelings of fatigue. Each morning when you wake and/or evening when you go to sleep: Think of all the things you feel grateful for-- big and small. Consider writing these in a journal or sharing a gratitude with someone else.
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