What to do when you are depressed

Depression is a mental illness which threatens your health and well-being.

Healthy approaches to dealing with depression.

The American Psychiatry Association defines depression as: “a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act”. Depression is highly associated with feelings of loneliness and hopelessness.

“Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home” says the American Psychiatry Association. Here are helpful ways to help you deal with your depression:

Reach out to friends and family

Depression can be a lonely and miserable path. It is therefore important that you are surrounded by people who love and care for you. It’s easy to think that no one cares or will understand your emotional state. People dealing with depression tend to isolate and withdraw themselves from the rest of the world. However there are people who are always willing to help, only if you reach out and tell them what you’ve been going through. It’s not advisable for you to be lonely when dealing with depression as this may cause irreversible damage.

Connecting with others will help you boost your mood. Strong support systems are  great for helping you deal better with stress. Connect with your loved ones via social media or phone calls. Connecting with others has become much more easier in this day and age. Just make that call or send that text.

Seek professional help

Depression is a mental issue which has negative implications on your health and well-being. If you are truly struggling to feel better even when you have strong support system, maybe it’s time for you to seek help from professionals. Your friends and family may be able to give you support, however, there are certain things that may be difficult for them. Consult with a professional to successfully unpack the deep seated emotional issues you have.