Affecting as much as one fifth of the population at any one time, depression is a huge issue in the UK and one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the modern day.
Depression can manifest itself in a multitude of ways, many of which vary greatly from the conventional feelings of sadness which are normally associated with the condition.
Fortunately, there are also numerous treatments available which can help to substantially improve the quality of life for those suffering.
Here are five of the most common forms of treatment for depression:
This may seem like an unusual route to take when combating negative changes in mental health; however, regular exercise can help to boost a person’s mood, especially for those suffering from mild depression.
Frequent exercise encompasses a number of benefits for a person’s mental wellbeing including the organic release of endorphins which can leave you feeling satisfied and help lift your mood and boost self esteem.
Furthermore, playing team-based sports such as football, rugby and even doubles tennis allows you to interact socially with people who you may have not otherwise met.
This will help to increase your confidence and reduce any social anxiety you may be suffering from – something which can be a contributing factor for depression itself.
Exercise also helps to facilitate weight loss – an attractive prospect for those who have become self-conscience of their appearance, particularly if weight gain has been a feature of your depression.
Whilst it may seem like an unconventional form of treatment, exercise is a powerful and enjoyable way to improve your happiness and something which can be easily implemented into your life at a minimal cost.
Speaking with others about your emotions as well as the way depression is affecting your life is empowering and will help you to discover different approaches to recovery which you can apply to your own life.
For instance, people you meet may recommend a particular type of therapy based on their previous experiences as well as lifestyle changes they have made which have proven to be beneficial.
Dealing with mental health problems can be unsettling at first and you may be lost as to what action to take.
Joining a group to converse with like-minded people will help to remove much of the mystery surrounding your feelings and provide reassurance for those who have no previous history of mental health illnesses.
If you don’t feel up to meeting with others, why not take a look at social media?
Searching Twitter for the now-viral hashtag #mydepressionlookslike lets you find like minded people who are happy to discuss depression and how it has impacted their life.
Ongoing research is continuing to discover the profound benefits of many therapies for people living with depression, often with no need for medication.
For instance, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy which helps to identify a person’s negative feelings and behaviour as well as to provide suggestions on how they can break free from these holdings.
Therapists will ask patients to take the advice provided in the sessions and implement this into their day to day life in order to extend its benefits and improve their condition.
Whilst some therapies may be unable to fully cure certain mental health illnesses, they can greatly improve a person’s overall wellbeing by alleviating a variety of symptoms which can be holding them back from living a fulfilling life.
Antidepressants are commonly-prescribed drugs which can help people to cope with depression.
These drugs work by artificially increasing the quantity of neurotransmitters such as serotonin in the body which have been shown to affect a person’s mood and emotion.
Antidepressants are at their most effective when used in conjunction with other therapies and if appropriate for you, talking groups.
Antidepressants are often coupled with therapy in order to leverage the benefits of both treatments.
This is commonplace for people suffering from severe cases of depression who require more sophisticated support to cope with their symptoms.
This approach is usually more effective than simply using therapies or medication exclusively as patients are provided with a more holistic style of treatment which can target multiple aspects of the illness.
Whilst depression can be a transient occurrence for many people, it can also become a more severe problem which can intensify if ignored.
If you feel you are suffering from depression, irrespective of its apparent severity, it is important to speak with your GP to better understand your symptoms as well as to identify whether or not you require treatment.
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