Treatment for depression is as varied as the symptoms. What works for Barb, may not work for Jody. If you are severely depressed or have thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide Hotline and seek medical help immediately. Otherwise select one of the treatment options and slowly add in new treatment so you can decide what works best for your situation. If you start doing too many new things at once, you won’t know what helped when your symptoms improve.
1. Exercise – moderate exercise on a daily basis will lift your spirits and self esteem, resulting in more energy and improved mental health. If you have a physical disability, ask your doctor what type of exercise is right for you. Exercise alone may not be enough to treat your depression. Consider pairing it with one of the other options below.
2. Natural Remedies – St. Johns Wort, Omega 3 fatty-acids, Folic Acid, Sam-e, magnesium, 5-HTP, L-tyrosine and Melatonin can all help with depression. You may also consider including massage therapy acupuncture, infrared light therapy or tapping.
3. Counseling– unresolved issues, such as abuse, can cause depression. Look for a trained counselor who specializes in the issues you need to resolve. Understand that you can’t resolve years of abuse in two or three months. Don’t become impatient with this process. Emotions associated with abuse take time to heal.
4. Meditation – carve out some time when you will not be interrupted to pray, listen to God and reflect on his promises. If you are too distraught to pray, write journal entries to God. He doesn’t care how you communicate, only that you do. Don’t make this a one-way conversation, ask Him questions and wait for His response.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do,” – Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
5. Medication – before starting a medication treatment plan, ask your doctor to do a complete drug work up to rule out other causes. A hormonal imbalance or vitamin deficiency can trigger depression.
Check with your pharmacy or Google the names of the medications you take for possible side effects. One of your prescription drugs could be the cause.
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