This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com. Have you ever felt depressed? I don’t mean just sad. But the unshakable feeling depressed that lasts for more than 2 weeks? Did you know that depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. Population age 18 and older, in a given year? And that is just the statistics for the Major depression cases. Odds are you know someone that suffers from depression in one form or another. Or maybe it is you that has suffered. There are many different kinds of depression too. The best way to combat, manage and overcome depression is by understanding depression.
Understanding Depression helps clear the confusion.
When I was a teenager I always felt like something was off. I felt like I was homesick. But I was home. How does that work? I struggled to feel happy. I can look back and see I had a great life. And I often wish to turn back time and have those days of old. But I just couldn’t at the time cherish life. I didn’t understand the feelings I was struggling with. Things were good in my life. And I knew it. But I just couldn’t feel the success or happiness that should have accompanied my life. It wasn’t until I was in College that I was diagnosed with Chronic Depression.
I started reading any self-help depression book I could get my hands on. I finally had a diagnosis! I was determined to get better. But what I didn’t know or understand was that sometimes you need a little help. It’s not something you can just snap your fingers and say
“Hey! Snap out of it! You have a good life. Now be happy!”
No matter how hard you try. It just doesn’t work.
I’ve been through many different types of counselors. I have not yet found one I feel connected with. That is a crucial aspect of having successful counseling with depression. I’ve had times when I was medicated. Especially when the husband was deployed and I was a single mom to two little boys under the age of 3. I needed help after our daughter was born with postpartum depression. The medication periods are currently in my past.
I’ve had times in my life where the depression is really thick. And other times when I feel I have finally been able to push it out of my life. It you looked at my battle with depression; it would look a lot like a roller coaster. Lots of ups and downs. But that’s part of chronic depression. You have good times. And you have bad times. Sometimes you can manage it perfectly. And other times the depression begins to win out.
Recently I’ve found a new level of understanding depression. Sources are now addressing diet and exercise and herbs as methods of treating and preventing. Most resources I’ve come across over the years, only focus on prescription medications. Which isn’t a happy thought for someone dealing with Depression.
“Hey, you are depressed. You have to be on expensive pills the rest of your life…”
See, it just doesn’t make one feel happy.
Finally understanding depression and knowing exactly what it was, helped me to combat it and find methods to treat it. Understanding depression has opened doors so I now know what signs to look for when a new episode is on the horizon. I know better how to manage the times when I am depressed. Finally understanding depression gives me hope that I don’t always have to be depressed and wonder why.
Knowledge is power. So I desire to learn more. I rely on quality research sources online to help me when I take a turn downward.
To get started understanding depression you can use Lifescript’s Depression Health Center. Lifescript.com provides medical information, tips and advice that are all written by professional health writers, experts and physicians.
You no longer have to live confused and alone. Take the step to understanding depression.
Lifescript’s Depression Health Center features tips, quizzes, recipes and articles – all by professional health writers, experts and physicians – covering postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, how to boost your mood with exercise and more. Please visit the Lifescript Health Center on depression for more information.
Some posts I’ve found most helpful are:
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