When you want to know how to deal with depression you'll find that there are lots of alternative treatments. They are things you can do, and remedies you can take. You can overcome depression - beating it for ever - with or without the help of a therapist or doctor.
I’m so glad you’re searching for information on how to overcome depression - a sure sign that you will recover sooner rather than later! And you know what? You're much less likely to suffer a relapse further down the line if you take control!
Just in case you’re not sure exactly what depression is, hop over to my depression checklist to have a look at the Depression Warning Signs.
Are you feeling exhausted, stressed and / or generally ‘under the weather’ as well? If so, take a look at Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms too.
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You may find it hard to make any decisions at all right now... I understand this completely. However, if you want to deal with depression, just take from the list below anything that even 'kind of' appeals to you right now.
Really focus on it, learn it, do it, spend time with it, go for it, commit to it and give it time. I know it’s hard, but this will be one of the best things you can do to help yourself get better again.
Focus on what you can do, not on what you think you can't. There will be something that's going to help you in your particular circumstances and is befitting your particular interests and needs.
Read on for further pointers to the right kind of help for you in your particular situation...
I can imagine - from my experience with my clients - what you may have been through. Of course your situation is uniquely yours, but I so understand of what it can take to deal with depression.
I have witnessed hundreds of clients struggle and ultimately overcome their depression - mostly without medication, by using alternative 'treatments' and by refocusing their attention on something entirely new.
Actually ... they often recovered without any treatment for depression as such. Instead they simply worked hard to ensure that they were meeting their essential emotional needs in balance. To do this, they made the most of their ‘natural’ innate resources.
However, some clients came to me already on antidepressants (mainly SSRIs).
They had already consulted their doctor to find out how to deal with depression. Their doctor may...
The general advice your doctor has been given, at least in the UK, is to 'ideally' prescribe antidepressants and offer talking therapy at the same time. Oh, how that frustrates me!
As a therapist I believe it’s a difficult situation if you have started taking antidepressants and started counselling at the same time. It can make it hard for you to know which treatment is actually working. It complicates the picture, not least because there can be significant side-effects.
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I think it would help you to gain a measure of control by informing yourself about the nature of antidepressants. I find Peter Breggin's books very helpful indeed, and Dr Mercola's website also offers great advice - well backed up by research.
When you feel ready and well-informed - and you know how you can deal with depression by yourself - you can talk to your doctor again. With his or her help you may be able to gradually reduce your medication, before you can stop it completely.
It’s important for you to feel that you have found a way of dealing with your depression. You need to feel that's your effort that's making the difference in beating your depression. However, the picture gets complicated when you're making changes in your life whilst taking antidepressants at the same time.
Read on... Part 3: Natural Depression Remedies
*Mercola, J. The Forgotten Organ – Your Microbiota. 09 December 2013, via Mercola.com