What can professional help offer depression sufferers?

When it comes to the type of help professionals can offer, there is good news and bad news. Let me get the bad news out of the way first. Think of how long it took you to get to where you are today. Think of how depression almost grew on you. It didn’t happen overnight, and therefore, don’t be discouraged if you are not healed overnight. The good news is depression can be something in the past. Once it is over, you will have an inspiring story to share with others (if you so wish).

We have come a VERY long way into knowing how to manage depression. I will briefly outline the three main types of treatments:

  • Medical treatments for depression: 

Do antidepressants actually work? There is a lot of debate about this. You might be interested in watching the following video to learn more about what happens in the brain when one is depressed:

Science of Depression

Medical treatments for depression work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain. I always wonder about one thing, though. How can medication change one’s thoughts and the dull lifestyle that comes with depression? It probably doesn’t!

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: 

Probably, the most popular treatment for various psychological disorders today. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on changing ones’ thoughts as well as behavioral. The following video sums up CBT adequately:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy:

Mindfulness is based on the practices of Buddhist monks. Much of what you would experience in a mindfulness-based therapy would include focusing on the here and now. Meditation is a big part of what mindfulness is. It is believed that mindfulness therapy is useful because it makes you focus on the present moment rather than your mind wandering off to negative past experiences.

Personally, I believe integrating medical and therapeutic treatments is probably the best option. So many individuals have been able to PICK THEMSELVES UP from depression. It takes a bit of effort and time, but it is not impossible.

Have a good day-end

I believe that, by now, you would agree with me that the adverse effects of stress are so severe that we should take conscious actions to eliminate it.

Question: what can you do TODAY to eliminate your daily stress levels?

Answer: NOTHING 

Don’t be surprised! Whether you are a working mother, a working father, or a student, life for you is probably a roller-coaster. You are always trying to juggle family, work, hobbies, and whatever else you have on your plate. So, here is my number one recommendation for a less stressful life (and trust me, it works):

Have a good day-end

Weekends are not enough to eliminate stress. Think about it this way: you, maybe unwillingly, force your body and mind to complete several challenging tasks during the day. Therefore, you should also dedicate some time during the day to allow your body and mind to simply be.  The only thing you really need after a long day of running errands is to have 15-minutes or so for yourself. You can choose to do ABSOLUTELY  nothing on your day-end. This will definitely clear your mind. When I say nothing, this includes not scrolling down social media pages on your phone.

You might be like me. You don’t know how to spend time doing nothing. You, more often than not, prefer to work on something. You know that if you don’t have ”structured relaxation time,” your mind will be wandering off to thinking about that presentation you are to give in tomorrow’s meeting. The day-end sheet below will help you relax while still doing something:

Listening to calming music is another right way to end the day. The point I would like to make is that you shouldn’t wait till the weekend to recharge. Especially, nowadays, most of us run errands during weekends as well. 15-minutes every night is not a lot of time, but it will make all the difference in your life. Try it, and I really would love to hear how it worked for you in the comments section below.