A Depressing Situation: Tips For Treating Your Depression

The Waiting Room / Anorexia Tableau
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ANOREXIA TABLEAU

Damselfly Chair
Reassembled, carved and wood-burned chair bones; mirror platform

Spill
Beaded bracelets created by college students and family members in Kansas, Minnesota, and Illinois

Haunted
Headphones; audio recordings and sound compositions: No One Could Make Me Eat, Frightened to Death, Ana Wants

A skeletal, distressed, cut up wooden chair personifies the painful emptiness experienced by victims of eating disorders.

Spilled on the floor are hundreds of intestine-like, blood red, white and blue beaded bracelets, like those sometimes worn by “Pro-Ana” or “Pro-Mia” members. Fueled by the Internet and social media, this disturbing ‘secret society’ trend presents eating disorders as desirable behavior and simply a “lifestyle choice.” Along with virtual communities, these web-based groups provide effective starvation technique tips and post ‘thinspiration’ images of anorexic celebrities and models. They encourage those battling eating disorders to ‘stick with it,’ and can trigger relapse for those in recovery.

Anorexia is the most deadly mental illness. A person with the disease has a dangerously low body weight and thinks about food constantly, but limits the amount eaten to gain a sense of control over their lives. 12% of people who develop anorexia will die from complications. The mortality rate for eating disorders is 12 times higher than that of all other illnesses for females 15-24 years old. 85% of anorexics and bulimics are female, but the incidence in males is growing. Only one in ten people with an eating disorder receives treatment.

Nobody chooses to live their life with depression. On the other hand, just because you want something does not necessarily mean that you can obtain it. Like many things in life, you must work hard. You may need to seek a therapist or a physician to get the care you need. The tips below can help you with some suggestions on how to start treating depression.

Sleep enough hours. Proper amounts of rest not only contribute to body health, but mental health as well. Your symptoms will worsen if you are also dealing with sleep deprivation. If you are unable to sleep, take an over-the-counter-sleep aid or talk with your doctor.

Your diet can really have a huge impact on your mood, and your feelings of depression. Eating a lot of over-processed foods that contain too many chemicals can actually have a negative impact on brain functioning, which may worsen the symptoms of depression you are trying to overcome. Fatty foods are especially bad for depression. Eat as healthily as you can.

Try to get some friends or a sibling to play video games, or even go out for non-alcoholic drinks. Just doing this can boost your spirits.

As researchers learn more about the causes of depression, the negative stigma once associated with it has become much less of a problem. When feeling negative, try your best to find a positive adjective to describe how you’re feeling.

Try to make your social life more positive. Exude warm feelings towards those around you in the hopes of having positive feelings returned your way. Show interest in what is happening with other people, and take note of their interests. Explain to your family what you are dealing with, and ask them to ignore you when you speak or act negatively. Also, ask them to note your positive, uplifting behaviors so they can be reinforced.

To deal with depression, join a support group. When you speak with others who share your state of mind, you may be very pleasantly surprised that your feelings of sorrow are not unique. The members of your group may be able to give you good ideas on how to deal with your emotions.

You may not exactly be depressed if you just feel somewhat down about an event in your life. Depression may only a down mood, so before you jump to any conclusions, it helps to seek professional counsel to correctly diagnose your symptoms.

If you are showing signs of depression, then it is time to change things around. Even a tiny change can be significant and enough to break you free from your rut. You can make a new friend, try out a new hobby, or simply change around your daily routine. You just might receive many benefits to your body, mind and soul.

When you suffer from depression, try not to live in the past. The best thing you can do for yourself is to look to the future. The future gives you hope for a better tomorrow.

Music can be very helpful to those who suffer from depression, but you should be cautious when choosing the type of music. Stop listening to music that makes you sad. This music will cause you to think about the feelings mentioned in the song.

Recovery

When you feel depressed, you may become withdrawn and aloof in an effort to hide your feelings from others. You should probably try to do the exact opposite instead. In order to recover your self confidence, spend ample time with your support network and continue doing things you enjoy.

The advice in this article should have given you some hope about your anxiety and depression. It may take time to see a difference. Remain patient. Ask your loved ones to support you. They might be able to see some subtle differences that you aren’t aware of. If you realize that you may need more help, it’s probably time to seek the assistance of a professional.

Category: Anxiety Help