Mental health concerns like depression affect people from all walks of life. This illness is something that can develop later in life for no reason. It can also show itself early on in children and teenagers, and it can be present as a side effect to other issues like drug addiction. Often, it is the main concern in a person’s life.
Nobody is immune to feelings of worthlessness and unhappiness, no matter who you are.
The challenge with depression is in recognising it. When you do, it’s tough to pull yourself out of a perpetually negative mindset. But this can be difficult, because depression is a negative perspective on the world, and unfortunately negativity breeds negativity.
Signs of depression
There are a few sure-fire signs to watch for if you think you or a loved one might have depression. For example:
- Have you experienced a negative, persistent shift in mood?
- Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
- Have you experienced a change in patterns of sleep, appetite or energy?
- Do you find yourself having repetitive, negative patterns of thought?
- Are you finding it hard to focus or remember things that were once easy?
In most instances, a person can understand if they’re experiencing depression or not by waiting awhile and trying to understand how they feel. If a low sense of energy and mood persists over time, it’s often something worth investigating. Sure, we all feel low from time to time, but when that feeling fails to disappear, it’s time to act.
How to treat depression
There are many things you can try which will help you or a loved one face their depression. This includes:
Learn as much as possible about depression
To overcome depression, you must first understand what it is. Is your depression due to something else like an underlying medical condition? Or, do you feel that it’s caused for no reason?
By understanding exactly how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling a certain way, you can begin taking measures to overcome it.
Don’t rely on medication alone
Medications like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) aren’t reliable treatment methods when used alone. There needs to be an active investment in the individual suffering to change their lifestyle and work to overcome their negative perspective.
Medications help, but they don’t cure.
Turn to your social circles
Depression is one of the most solitary concerns we face. Often, it’s a difficult thing to verbalise to people and, if we do, people don’t understand exactly how we’re feeling. This failure to be understood unfortunately affects us further.
If you have a close-knit social circle, they are worth talking to. Explain your feelings and open up about your struggles. Chances are, others feel similarly and are willing to help you.
Be patient and realise that it’s a process
Overcoming something as challenging depression can take a lot of time and energy to do. It’s important to realise this. Be patient, don’t give up on actively trying to be better, and learn to relish in the smaller wins along the way. You can use these to propel yourself.
Turn to the experts for depression treatment
There are many things that our experts at Salt Recovery can do to help treat depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for example, aims to help someone change their perspective. Our evidence-based treatment models and psychotherapy sessions involve more depth and intervention.
At Salt Recovery, our approach to Depression treatment is a holistic one. We aim to treat the entire individual rather than the specific problem. Our wellness centre offers the perfect place for someone to escape negative habits and receive guided support and help with addressing their issues.
Terms like ‘depression’ are broad and can describe many underlying issues. Our team of Clinical professionals are available and ready to help diagnose the core reasons you might be experiencing depression, and help you get back on a path to a positive, happier and fulfilled life.
We’ll also teach you the skillset you need to ensure that when you leave, you can keep working at keeping those feelings at bay for the rest of your days.
To find out more about how we can help with your depression, contact us today.
Signs of depression
Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame.
Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters.
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports.
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much, unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.
Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort, anxiety, agitation or restlessness.
Anxiety, agitation or restlessness, trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.
Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide.