10 tips and advice against depression

10 tips and advice against depression


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THE depression it already affects 11 million Brazilians, with deaths caused by the disease rising 705% in the last 16 years. The numbers are alarming, so the importance of knowing how to seek help and treat the disease.

  • Depression is a disease

  • Trust your doctor

  • Try psychotherapy

  • Talk about the disease

  • Try taking antidepressants

  • Sedatives

  • Practice sports

  • Light

  • Control your diet

  • Help in your surroundings

Depression is a disease

Depression is a disease that must be diagnosed and treated like any other disease. Mental illnesses are very stigmatized. Don’t be shaken by it. The most important thing is that you can feel better again!

Trust your doctor

To treat depression, you should see a doctor. Even a conversation with friends or family cannot replace visiting the doctor. Only a doctor has the ability to assess the severity disease and decide which therapy is needed. Depending on whether the depression is mild or severe, the doctor will prescribe medication as well. Many people have reservations about taking antidepressants. But they are not intended to change the personality, only to cure an illness that is present.

Try psychotherapy

There are many forms of psychotherapy: cognitive psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis … If you suffer from depression, should do psychotherapy. Your doctor will advise you on what type of therapy is best for you.

Talk about the disease

For depressed people, it is often embarrassing to talk about their symptoms, because they feel ridiculous or inferior. Overcome these fears. You should talk to your friends and family openly about the disease.

Try taking antidepressants

Since its discovery in the 1950s, psychotropic are the subject of intense investigation. Today, there are several varieties of antidepressants. Its basic principles go far beyond the simple effect of improving mood, they can bring motivation and have calming (sedative) and / or anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) effects. Antidepressants compensate for a deficient or excessive production of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Sedatives

For some cases, the doctor will also prescribe a sedative. The effect of these molecules is not quite the same as that of antidepressants. Sometimes, sedatives are used to eliminate one of the main symptoms of depression – anxiety. Sedatives are also used for insomnia.

Practice sports

Sport causes a endorphins release. These neurotransmitters can trigger feelings of happiness. Sport acts as a natural antidepressant. In addition, physical activity increases self-esteem.

Light

Another simple remedy for depression is daylight. Daylight stimulates the secretion of melatonin and serotonin, improving mood.

Control your diet

The diet should not be disregarded in the treatment of depression. The nervous system needs some nutrients to fight fatigue, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, nervousness and stress. These include glucose, iron, magnesium and Complex B vitamins. Alcohol consumption should be avoided, especially if you are taking medication.

Help in your surroundings

Family, friends and relationships play a crucial role in helping to get out of the ‘black hole’ of depression. Some psychotherapists refer to family as part of treatment. Emotions should not be buried and suppressed, but expressed. Many patients feel good after talking to family members, friends and partners about the disease.

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