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Get Rid of Depression by Trying These Tips

There are many causes of depression, from suffering a tragedy to having a family history of depression. How you became depressed has some importance, no doubt, but how you can defeat the depression is undoubtedly what's most important. Find out various things you can do to help your depression by reading this article.
  • If the area you live in is part of the cause of your depression, you may want to think about moving.

People who live in undesirable neighborhoods tend to get depressed because they do not feel safe. Changing your environment can help to reduce or get rid of many of your feelings of uneasiness.
  • Stick to a positive group of peers to combat your depression.

You will find that it is difficult to remain in a depressed state when those around you are bubbly and positive. Those who are positive can even direct you into more positive thinking patterns that help support a more positive you.
  • Stop rewarding bad behavior.

Many times someone who is depressed will wallow in self-pity, allowing others to coddle them and take care of their responsibilities. Others abuse drugs, alcohol, sex, and food as a way to feel better temporarily. All of these behaviors do not help the depression in any way other than a temporary fix. Take away the rewards and the depressed person can focus on the root of the depression.
  • If you are suffering from depression, combining therapy and medication can provide effective results.

The first line of treatment should be evidenced-based counseling or psychotherapy. Often times, medication is a helpful adjunct. You need to add the therapy component to get to the root of your problem, to truly see progress. And change the way you think. Discuss this option with your physician at your next appointment.
  • Volunteer, take a class or join a social club to keep yourself active and meeting new people.

One of the most difficult aspects of depression is the isolation that can come with it. By finding activities and groups you enjoy, you are more likely to spend time with others, thus alleviating the isolation and sense of loneliness that can accompany depression.
  • Avoid going out to social places alone if your depression is related to social things.

This will only reinforce in your mind that you are alone or lonely, things that may not even be true. When you do go out make sure it is with a friend or two and keep the evening light.
  • A great way to deal with depression is to change your attire.

It is true that the way you dress can often directly impact how you feel about yourself. Be sure that you always dress your best no matter what it is that you are doing and both you and others will have a more positive view about you.
  • A good tip that can help you if you are depressed is to not let your depression rub off on your friends.

If you find yourself in a foul mood, cut your visit or phone call short. Your friends are important to you, so you need to make sure you don't drive them away.
  • Keep your thinking positive.

Having a negative outlook towards everything is the very thing that helps head down the road to depression. Feeling that your accomplishments are never good enough, experiencing constant failure and constantly feeling rejected are all contributing factors towards depression. Life is tough, but if you keep a positive attitude it can really turn things around for you.
  • Stay away from negative people.

Everyone has someone in their life who is negative about everything they see. Make your life a little more positive by getting rid of this person. They complain about everything, and your life would be better and happier if you were not sucked in by their negativity.
  • For those suffering from depression, try to practice relaxation techniques.

If you use these techniques every day, you may find your depression symptoms reduced and in general, you will feel more relaxed. You could practice yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation. Have a friend do these things with you.

No matter what happened to cause your depression, the more important thing is that you deal with it immediately. The quicker you deal with it, the quicker you can beat it and once again start to enjoy the life you live. These tips can help you achieve that level of joy, keep them in a place where you can read them.

Pedagogy author, Dr. Chris Wolf, is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and also Behavioral Health Practice. He is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Dr. Wolf has been a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Department of the Army since 2009. He diagnoses and treats active duty soldiers returning from combat who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Prior to his current practice, he was the Director of Psychology for five years with the Rehabilitation Hospital of South Jersey where he worked extensively with geriatric patients who had suffered stroke and with persons who survived traumatic and acquired brain injury. During his career, Dr. Wolf has consulted to sub-acute rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. Pedagogy is privileged to offer Dr. Wolf’s class, “Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment: An Overview”, to help education health care professionals on the importance of treating and caring for people with dementia. Visit us at http://www.pedagogyeducation.com to see all the quality education that we have to offer.
Posted: 7/17/2013 3:08:04 PM
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