Coping with Depression

Depression is not something you just "get over." However, there are things that you can do to help yourself, even as you seek professional help and wait for treatment to take affect. The National Institute of Mental Health recommends that you:

Red Check BoxSet realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.

Red Check BoxBreak large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.

Red Check BoxTry to be with other people and to confide in someone; it's usually better than being alone and secretive.

Red Check BoxParticipate in activities that may make you feel better.

Red Check BoxMild exercise, going to a movie or a ballgame or participating in religious, social or other activities may help.

Red Check BoxExpect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.

Red Check BoxPostpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition, change jobs, get married or divorced, discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.

Red Check BoxRemember, positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.

Red Check BoxLet your family and friends help you.

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