While there is no cure for depression, it is treatable and can be manageable. Depression treatment can include group, family, or individual counseling.

While there is no cure for depression, it is treatable and can be manageable. Depression treatment can include group, family, or individual counseling. Sometimes a combination of therapy and medication is prescribed for extreme cases and is found to be an effective treatment for depression. Many different types of medication exist for depression; therefore, it may take time to find the most effective medicine.

While therapy is the best professional help, there are also daily things you can do to manage your depression:

  • Go outside. Plenty of sunlight helps release serotonin into the brain, the chemical responsible for your mood.

  • Exercise. Any physical activity releases endorphins in the brain, which helps to improve mood.

  • Eat well. Reduce the intake of fast food, sodas, foods with high fat and sugar content. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  • Drink a lot of water. Keeping your brain hydrated is important.

  • Take care of yourself. Get out of bed. Shower. Brush your teeth. Congratulate yourself on completing these things, because they are hard to do with depression.

  • Do something creative such as drawing, painting, playing an instrument, cooking, scrap booking, writing a story, etc. Creativity helps give you an emotional outlet and is also a great distraction technique.

  • Adopt a pet. Studies have shown that having a pet helps reduce depression.

  • Read a book. Watch a movie. Listen and dance to upbeat music. These all help you relax and are great distraction techniques.

  • Write a list of things you are looking forward to and/or are grateful for. Write a list of the things you like about yourself.

  • Keep a journal of your feelings and thoughts.

  • Make your home as light-filled as possible. Darkness has been known to increase feelings of depression. You can even buy light bulbs that imitate sunlight and help with depression.

  • If you are living with someone who is depressed, keep the home clean and organized. It seems like a small matter, but cleanliness and organization help the person with depression feel better.

  • If you are living with someone who is depressed, remind them of their good qualities and remind of the things they have done well in their life. Be patient with them, as they may not be able to see the good in themselves.

  • Lastly, remind yourself or your loved one while although their situation seems hopeless and permanent, it is not. It is temporary, and there is indeed hope.

If you believe you or someone you know may have depression, please contact our office at (706) 850-7041. One of our specialists will be happy to help you.

Author: Staci Pfeiffer