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Tips to cope with Depression

Tags: Depression, Mental illness

Most people go through periods of feeling down but when someone is clinically depressed they feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.  Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition.  It is a real illness with real symptoms.  Depression isn't a sign of weakness or something someone can just "snap out of" by "pulling themselves together".  The good news is that with the right treatment and support most people with depression can make a full recovery.

How do you cope with depression?

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Tina in her 30s says...

My depression started quite early in my life. Actually I didn't know at first that it was depression and that I have the tendency to be depressed but later in life I realised this is a pattern that keeps repeating itself. I feel better a week or too or even for a month and then suddenly bamm something happens and I completely derail. I find it interesting that when I am not depressed I almost don't understand how someone can be depressed but when I am right in the middle of it and I feel like being chained to my bed it's a terrible experience. What helped me on the log run is that I stopped drinking alcohol altogether and I'm careful with cafeine as I've noticed that it can also affect my mood greatly. I try and drag myself out to talk to people to socialise. I think solitude is the greatest enemy of depression. I just simply cannot afford to get carried away by it so I have to occupy my mind and keep busy.

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