Daniel Lynch, L.P.C.
Behavioral Health, Psychiatry & Psychology
Although we all experience grief and sadness, depression can be much more than that. An estimated 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some type of depression, so know that you aren’t alone. There are ways to cope and manage if you feel that depression is taking over your life.
Typical signs of depression include:
- Constant negative thoughts
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Feeling tired or having less energy
- Low mood
- Overly self-critical or low self-regard
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Withdrawing from friends, relatives or work
There are a couple ways that depression can be treated. For more mild cases or prevention of depression, self-care is a way to manage the symptoms of depression. This includes:
- Eating nutritious foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Exercising every day for at least 20–30 minutes
- Getting 7–8 hours of sleep each night
- Keeping thoughts balanced and positive
- Taking a Vitamin D daily supplement
For those experiencing severe or ongoing depression, try these tactics:
- Group therapy
- Individualized therapy
If you are thinking about self-harm or suicide, seek professional help immediately. There are resources available for you, such as calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (toll-free) or calling 911.
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and is treatable.
For more information about depression and tips to help you feel more like yourself, watch this video:
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