Is it Possible to Pull Yourself Out of Depression?

The University of Michigan Depression Center shares, “Depression is a chronic disease, meaning that it is persistent, and repeated episodes can occur over time. But it’s also a manageable disease. As is the case with other chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma, treatment focuses on taking daily steps to lessen the severity of symptoms and prevent the recurrence of troublesome episodes.”  

While people battle depression around the world, many are able to manage their worst symptoms using a variety of methods on a day-to-day basis. 

One of the most common ways to manage depression on a daily basis is through the use of medication. “Antidepressants primarily work on brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine. Other antidepressants work on the neurotransmitter dopamine. Scientists have found that these particular chemicals are involved in regulating mood, but they are unsure of the exact ways that they work,” reports the National Institute of Mental Health. For those seeking a natural antidepressant, St. John’s wort is an option.

Beyond medication, there are other important steps an individual can take to battle depression on a daily basis. “The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one.

Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up. And for all the energy you put into your depression recovery, you’ll get back much more in return,” states HelpGuide.org.

You aren’t going to fully recover from your depression overnight. Recovery takes hard work and patience. Mental health organization Metanoia offers a list of 63 techniques those suffering from depression can try to help combat their issues on a daily basis that range from keeping a journal to bringing a pet into your life. It’s crucial to find methods of handling your depression that suits who you are as an individual.

Another organization, Students Against Depression, discusses the importance of healthy daily routines when combating depression. “Depression very often affects the basics of daily life – sleep, eating, exercise, and socialising. Problems in these areas then in turn quickly reinforce the downward spiral of depression. Making small changes to build healthier daily routines can make a very big difference to how you feel. This gives depression less opportunity to entrench itself in your life.”

You’re not alone in your efforts to manage your depression on a daily basis. Working with a therapist is an important way to get professional perspective on your situation. Also, you have loved ones, whether they are family or friends, who care about you and your well-being. The most crucial step in handling your depression every day is acknowledging your issues and taking the most effective steps to deal with them.