There is no magic formula for how to get over depression, but this information will give you insight into why you feel depressed. If you’ve been struggling with depression for awhile, talk to a counselor or doctor. Here, you’ll see you’re not alone…but to really learn how to get over depression, you must talk to a health care provider.
The NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp is a practical and effective way for some people to get over depression. Many people struggling with depression don’t get enough light – especially in the winter (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This lamp doesn’t take up much room, it may be very effective, and it’s not harmful. It won’t interact negatively with whatever antidepressants or natural supplements you’re taking to treat the depression. Plus, a light therapy lamp blends in perfectly with the theme of the sun’s warmth, light, and comfort.
Depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition marked by an extended sense of sadness and despair that affects how you think, feel, and function. Neurotransmitters are the cells that transfer messages throughout structures of your brain’s neurons. If your hormone levels are low, it could lead to a chemical imbalance. This could cause you to feel depressed – and it’s also a tip on how to get over depression! Why? Because if the neurotransmitters that manages your hormones aren’t working properly, then it’s possible that all you need is medication to balance your hormones. Read more below…
How to Get Over Depression
Different causes of depressed feelings require different methods of treatment. If, for example, you’re depressed because you feel alone in your relationship, then you’ll need to learn different ways to get over depression than someone who is depressed because of seasonal affective disorder or bipolar disorder.
What is the cause of your feelings of depression? When did you first start feeling depressed, and why? A couple summers ago, I went to my family doctor because I felt so tired and listless. I was having two naps a day, and I wasn’t interested in anything. She thought I might be depressed, but I disagreed.
The results of my blood test showed that I had really, really low iron levels. I wasn’t depressed, I was anemic! A thyroid condition is another possible cause of feelings of low energy and depression. See why it’s so important to learn what’s causing your depressed feelings? Because knowing how to diagnose depression will help you know how to get over depression.
Tests for depression
Common tests that are recommended for people with symptoms of depression are: a complete blood count, a chemistry panel, a liver panel test, check vitamin D levels, vitamin B 12 levels, and a thyroid level (TSH) test. A liver panel test is required because depression medications are metabolized through the liver, while a complete blood count is helpful to rule out any signs of anemia.
Another more common screening test for depression is a questionnaire. Your doctor or counselor will give it to you, to get to know you and your symptoms of depression. This “depression questionnaire” also helps doctors and therapists determine which hormones may be low and what medication would be most helpful.
If you’ve suffered repeated head trauma or concussion, you’re vulnerable to an onset of depression. Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the general population and the most common mental health condition in patients seen in primary care. Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. About 50 percent of people with depression have a genetic link or have had family members also suffer from depressed feelings. Additionally, women are 70-percent more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.
The best tip on how to get over depression is to get counseling.
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Know the symptoms of depression
Common symptoms of depression include sad mood, loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities, insomnia or hypersomnia, change in appetite or weight, psychomotor retardation or agitation, low energy, poor concentration, thoughts of worthlessness or guilt, and recurrent thoughts about death or suicide. But, if you’re looking for tips on how to get over depression, I suspect you already know you’re depressed.
Depression isn’t just sadness. It is emptiness, misery, exhaustion. It is pain and nothingness at once. When you are truly depressed you lack the ability or will to cheer yourself up. There are no simple tips on how to overcome depression, but these ideas may help.
By the way, there are also different types of food to fight depression – but again, how you treat depressed feelings really depends on the reason and symptoms of depression.
Talk to a friend – and ask her to listen, not problem solve
Our friends and family members are always tempted to give us advice. That won’t help us learn how to get over depression! It’s really important for you to talk about why you feel depressed, and NOT to get advice or solutions to your problems. Overcoming depression isn’t about getting the right advice.
Talk to a loved one about your feelings of depression, and ask her not to give you advice. Tell her you don’t need to learn about taking St John’s Wort or other natural treatments for depression. You don’t want to hear how other people found ways to overcome depression. All you want to do is share how you feel.
Learn all you can about how to overcome depression
Read books like The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. You’ll learn why our usual attempts to think our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral.
Did you know there’s a difference between “situational depression” and “clinical depression”? Did you know some types of depression are effectively treated by talk therapy and others by anti-depressant medications? The symptoms of depression range from overeating to not eating at all, sleeping all the time or insomnia.
Finding the most effective tips on how to overcome depression involves learning as much as you can.
If you know someone who is struggling with depression, read my tips on how to help a depressed friend.
I welcome your thoughts on how to get over depression. I can’t offer counseling or advice, but it may help you to share your experience. If you’ve had experience with depression and tips for dealing with a friend who is depressed, please share!
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