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Helping yourself through depression

Abstract: A list of things you can do to overcome your depression and achieve satisfaction and harmony with life.

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Helping yourself through depression

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jul 2008.

I am suffering from depression. What must I do? Do you recommend depression self-help? How can I get more satisfied with myself?

Answer:

If you are suffering from depression, here is some advice on how to manage things better:
  • Is your depression caused by stress? If so, scale back on stressful activities (such as work commitments)
  • Avoid important decisions if you can.
  • Deal with stress effectively.
  • Tell yourself that depression does not last forever.
  • Take the opportunity to discuss your worries with family and friends - they may not be solved, but you may feel better.
  • Try to do as much as you feel able to without undue effort - including seeing family and friends, even if only for short periods.
  • Look after your hygiene, physical health and diet.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
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