Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Coping With Severe Depression

by jussiecatwriter (follow)
Depression (38)      Coping (36)      Sadness (11)      Being Positive (6)     

 A sad girl with her head resting on her knees
It will pass: keep positive - coping when you feel severely depressed. Image courtesy of David Costillo Dominici at freedigitalphotos.net

We all experience sadness from time to time. However, during times of severe depression, whether precipitated from a chemical imbalance or something environmental, we may almost feel paralysed with sadness and despair.

It can be so hard to internalise the knowledge that it will pass, and a feeling of despair can ensue. We may lack confidence and feel pessimistic that things will improve. However, when we examine what has happened during past episodes of depression in our lives, you will realise upon reflection that it eventually did pass.

Firstly, remember you are not alone - there are countless numbers of people who are suffering similarly. It may seem as if there are not – however the fact that depression is not often talked about may make it seem as if you are the only one who feels so down.

For those who suffer repeated episodes of depression, we may feel additionally discouraged that the sadness will just keep recurring. It may help when you have more positive days to tell yourself “you are in an episode of happiness, or at least peace and contentment.” This can boost your morale and remind you that you do not always feel this way. We may even experience a very existential angst, questioning the meaning of our lives in a world where nothing is in our control, and the daily making of small decisions is even difficult. .

When one is feeling this depressed, the first thing to remember is to take it easy; be gentle on yourself. This can be difficult for those with a tendency toward perfectionism which often accompanies depression when unrealistic expectations set for one’s self are not reached. You need to nurse your depression like you would look after yourself if you were physically unwell. No-one would expect a person with severe flu to perform to the best of their ability when they are sick; the same goes for depression. Depression may not only be more common in those with this personality trait, but recovery can seem more painful and difficult because you may feel you should be things as you should when you are well.

By embracing a self-nurturing attitude during periods of depression, you are increasing the chances of a faster recovery, and a greater chance of maintaining a better state of mental health. If you had the flu but continued to push yourself beyond what is reasonable at that time, it would slow your recovery and may lead to worsening of the conditions.

You may not feel like socialising or going out when extremely depressed. However, it is important to have some sort of support. Some people are fortunate enough to have friends they can talk to, or family members. However if not, it is important to talk to someone else, perhaps someone in a professional capacity such as a counsellor. Isolating oneself can lead to self-rumination and because thoughts are more likely to be unrealistically negative when depressed staying alone all the time make recovery longer and more difficult. For people with spiritual beliefs turning to a higher power can bring comfort and a feeling that they are not alone.

Confidence may be the hardest thing to maintain during severe depression. The inertia, difficulty making decisions and poor concentration often associated with this condition may lead us to feel like we are somehow ‘failing’. Realise it is just part of the symptoms of being depressed, just as a stomach virus can cause a stomach ache. This is why it is important to keep your goals small and achievable. Keep reminding yourself that you are not failing: you are just unwell.

And just as a cold will eventually improve as we look after ourselves and realise we need to look after ourselves, so too your depression will improve, if you keep remembering the analogy of having a ‘mental cold’.

If your depression does not improve or you have thoughts of suicide, you need professional help who can help you with perhaps medication and counselling.

There may be a lot of trial and error in becoming well, But you will get there!

# Depression
# Sadness
# Coping
# Being Positive
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by jussiecatwriter
Many of us have some aspect of our lives that we would like to change – hopefully it is for your...
The Serenity Prayer states %%To the God or Goddesses of our own understanding, Give us the coura...
Subtle differences in the %%way%% that we say things to people can make a difference
%%Excited by my first Zumba class tomorrow - first lesson in self-growth? Not to overdo it %% %%...
Here are the ten top reasons for having a pet: 1
Yesterday, I embarked on what I thought would be a relatively straightforward procedure: install...
view all articles by jussiecatwriter
Articles by jussiecatwriter on Other Hubs
You may have seen the logo or statements that certain products are not tested on animals- but do y...
I have enjoyed Suzie, my half-manx cat, for more than four and a half years now
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 38782
[ Submit a Comment ]
I remind myself of all I am grateful for It can be a little helpful and I say it in in the morning and before going to sleep .Lee
Trending Articles
I hope I can help a friend who thinks he's not living up to social expectations
Ever since the new year kicked off, social media channels have been abuzz with "new year, new me...
You may be passionate about writing but still suffer from writer's block
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
Christmas is in the air, which means that 2017 is soon coming to an end
As I write this, 2018 is a few days away
Maybe this scenario sounds a bit familiar; you have finally managed to make some time in your ...
Death is inevitable and will undoubtedly happen to all of us
You don’t have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
Writing isn't always an easy task
Featured on Other Hubs
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version