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    The cause of your depression helps determine the treatment

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     Understanding the underlying cause of your depression may help you overcome the problem. For example, if you are depressed because of a dead-end job, the best treatment might be finding a more satisfying career rather than simply taking an antidepressant. If you are new to an area and feeling lonely and sad, finding new friends will probably give you more of a mood boost than going to therapy. In such cases, the depression is remedied by changing the situation.

    What you can do to feel better

    When you're depressed, it can feel like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. But there are many things you can do to lift and stabilize your mood. The key is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there, trying to do a little more each day. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there by making positive choices for yourself.

    To cope with depression

    Reach out to other people. Isolation fuels depression, so reach out to friends and loved ones, even if you feel like being alone or don't want to be a burden to others. The simple act of talking to someone face-to-face about how you feel can be an enormous help. The person you talk to doesn't have to be able to fix you. He or she just needs to be a good listener—someone who'll listen attentively without being distracted or judging you.

    Get moving. When you're depressed, just getting out of bed can seem daunting, let alone exercising. But regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication in countering the symptoms of depression. Take a short walk or put some music on and dance around. Start with small activities and build up from there.

    Eat a mood boosting diet. Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, sugar and refined carbs. And increase mood-enhancing nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids.

    Find ways to engage again with the world. Spend some time in nature, care for a pet, volunteer, pick up a hobby you used to enjoy (or take up a new one). You won't feel like it at first, but as you participate in the world again, you will start to feel better.

    When to seek professional help

    If support from family and friends and positive lifestyle changes aren't enough, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional. There are many effective treatments for depression, including:

    Therapy. Effective treatment for depression often includes consulting a therapist who can provide you tools to treat depression from a variety of angles and motivate you to take the action necessary. Therapy can also offer you the skills and insight to prevent depression from coming back.

    Medication may be imperative if you're feeling suicidal or violent. But while it can help relieve symptoms of depression in some people, it isn't a cure and is not usually a long-term solution. It also comes with side effects and other drawbacks so it's important to learn all the facts to make an informed decision.


    Where to turn for help

    In the U.S.: Find DBSA Chapters/Support Groups or call the NAMI Helpline for support and referrals at 1-800-950-6264

    UK: Find Depression support groups in-person and online or call the Mind Infoline at 0300 123 3393

    Australia: Find Support Groups and regional resources or call the SANE Help Centre at 1800 18 7263

    India: Call the Helpline (India) at 1860 2662 345 or 1800 2333 330. (Vandrevala Foundation).

    Suicide prevention help

    In the U.S.: Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

    UK and Ireland: Call Samaritans UK at 116 123

    Australia: Call Lifeline Australia at 13 11 14

    Other countries: Visit IASP or International Suicide Hotlines to find a helpline near you.


    Source: Help Guide

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