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Dealing with Depression: Self-Help and Coping Tips

Dealing with Depression: Self-Help and Coping Tips
The road to depression recovery Recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like going for a walk or spending time with friends, can be exhausting. It’s the Catch-22 of depression recovery: The things that help the most are the things that are the most difficult to do. Start small and stay focused The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. Depression self-help tip 1: Cultivate supportive relationships Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. The thought of reaching out to even close family members and friends can seem overwhelming. Turn to trusted friends and family members. 10 tips for reaching out and building relationships Talk to one person about your feelings. Think outside yourself. Related:  Better Version: MINDDepressionCurrent - Reiki healing made easy! 10 ways to try beat depression Depression is a gripping, horrible and very sad illness. And at some point in most peoples lives, it will happen. Depression can come in many ways and different people will react differently to depression. It can happen for many reasons, bereavement, illness divorce or the break down of a relationship, money worries or fear from past events. These top ten ways to try beat depression and based on tried and tested idea's used on myself and others I know. If you try one or two a day, things may improve. 1. Serotonin is the often known as the happy hormone. Exercise is an excellent way to boost your serotonin levels. Serotonin Boosting Foods- Turkey- Have you ever realised after that Turkey dinner why your so relaxed and ready to sleep. Fish and SeaFood- Wild Salmon, Tuna and Mackerel and all oily fish is brilliant to not only fight against depression but boost your brain power, such as memory and concentration. 2. Cross Word or Quiz Sites online. Become a volenteer to the less Fortunate.

10 Simple Ways To Overcome Depression and Sadness We’ve all been upset. Sadness is a totally natural emotional response to certain environmental stimuli. Most of us have support, or systems in place to overcome sadness, reach balance, and go on to be happy as quickly as possible. There are two groups of people that have prolonged sadness, or depression. One group consists of those that have a severe chemical imbalance, which requires a doctor, and possibly medication to treat. Rather, this is directed to the people in a funk or seem stuck in a rut, those that lack the tools, know-how, and support systems to bounce them back. In my opinion, and I’m no doctor (BA, Psychology; MS, Biomedical Science), the latter group of people are wise to seek natural treatments instead of simply medicating the symptoms. Set Goals Something special happens the moment the paper meets the pen and we write down our goals. So what do you think?

I thought I was just trying to beat depression in a one-off fight Alan O’Mara is a successful GAA player. He was the Cavan goalkeeper during the 2011 U21 campaign – the team won the Ulster Championship and reached the All-Ireland final – and is currently on the county’s senior football panel. Yesterday, he published an article on the GAA’s website entitled Living with Depression: A Footballer’s Story. It is reproduced here, in full, with his kind permission. I AM AN Ulster champion. I know I should feel privileged after winning a provincial title earlier in 2011 but I don’t. My drive and focus have left me. It’s three days after Christmas in 2011 and I am gazing at the flickering flame in the fireplace at my family home. There is a voice in my head telling me to stay right where I am. The pitch we are slogging away on is barely lit. My mind is away in the clouds, wondering why football is not enjoyable to me anymore. After training I stay with a team-mate. Me? I glance around the room to see if there is a TV; no joy. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

30 Challenges for 30 Days Did you know that it takes 30 days to form a new habit? The first few days are similar as to how you would imagine the birth of a new river. Full of enthusiasm it gushes forth, only to be met by strong obstacles. The path is not clear yet, and your surroundings don’t agree. So, take a moment to reflect on the question ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Check out this short TED talk first to get inspired: Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! However, be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them. #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots. #5 Take a 30 minute walk each day (Easy) We recommend:

11 ways to beat depression naturally The other day I saw a report that said that one in 10 Americans older than 12 take antidepressants. That seems sad to me. But what was truly shocking was that less than a third of the people taking these drugs have seen a mental health professional in the last year — and most people who take these drugs don't need them. I am not a doctor, but I have had periodic bouts of deep depression in my life ... tell me, who hasn't? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Now, I'm really going to sound like my mother when I say this, but I'm going to say it anyway: Always remember that after the darkest storm is when the rainbows come out. Related natural remedy stories on MNN:

6 Practical and Powerful Ways to Overcome Depression Editor’s note: This is a guest post from John Van Sickel. One of the byproducts of our sedentary & isolated contemporary life is the growing epidemic of depression. Over 120 million people worldwide are affected by the black dog of depression, as Sir Winston Churchill described it. Chances are you or someone you know will suffer from it in your lifetime. It is truly one of the most devastating of dis-eases (not at ease!) It’s hard to imagine GTD, when just GOB (getting out of bed) seems like a chore. So what can we do? However there are other, natural steps to take that can, over time, be very effective. As an added bonus these are good lifestyle changes that will enhance anyone’s life, depressed or not, and most don’t cost a thing! Studies have shown that primitive people get much more exposure to an active & healthy lifestyle than we do and hence they have no, or very little, depression. Pick one of these and do it for a week. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Hundred Goals | Inspiration to Live Your Dream Eye Direction and Lying - How to detect lies from the direction of an individual's gaze / visual accessing cues. Interesting Info -> Lying Index -> Eye Direction & Visual Accessing Cues Eye Movement and Direction & How it Can Reveal Truth or Lies This is a continuation of our previous article Detecting Lies. Many comments by our visitors asked about how eye direction can indicate the presence of a lie. Can the direction a person's eyes reveal whether or not they are making a truthful statement? Short answer: sort of. In these shows a detective will deduce if a person is being untruthful simply because they looked to the left or right while making a statement. In reality, it would be foolish to make such a snap judgment without further investigation... but the technique does have some merit. So, here it is... read, ponder and test it on your friends and family to see how reliable it is for yourself. Visual Accessing Cues - "Lying Eyes" When asked a question a "normally organized" right-handed person looks (from your viewpoint, looking at them): The Gist of it... How this information is used to detect lies:

Stress and Depression Stress and depression have quite the cause and effect relationship. See how they continually fuel each other and what you can do to break the cycle. Transcript: Stress and depression have quite the relationship. That's because stress increases levels of the hormone... Stress and depression have quite the relationship. More » Effective natural treatments for depression - no antidepressants You are here: Home › Natural treatments for depression You stay in control of your own recovery with proven natural or alternative treatments for depression. There are no nasty side-effects from these treatments. It may be that you feel your depression is in part due to relationship problems. Important: please seek help from a doctor or mental health professional right now if you are feeling suicidal at this moment. What you need to know about prescribed antidepressants Watch/listen to find out why you really want to use natural treatments for depression rather than take the 'happy pills' your doctor might prescribe. How to overcome depression without medication The great of advantage of using natural treatments for depression is that you make your own choices. Taking prescribed antidepressants often contributes to you feeling out of control. Unfortunately prescribed antidepressants are also more likely to increase your chances of suffering further episodes of depression. Related articles

Barack Obama's Integrative Brain - Roger Martin by Roger Martin | 10:21 AM January 29, 2010 There was something intriguing, even a little perplexing, about President Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday night. It’s the same intriguing note to be found in many of Obama’s most important speeches. This way of thinking — which at first blush can be mistaken for indecision — is characterized by a willingness to embrace conflicting ideas or models. This is Obama’s approach. Throughout his State of the Union speech, Obama held up and contemplated a series of seemingly opposing models: “We find unity in our incredible diversity.” Because people generally see leadership as synonymous with decisiveness — recall Harry S. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. He consistently lays out the opposing models, not to set up an either/or choice, but to begin the thinking process toward an integrative solution.

Cause of depression still eludes us, says neuroscientist We don't know what is wrong with the brains in people suffering from depression. On theory is that depression is connected to the amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin inside our brains. (Photo: Colourbox) Albert Gjedde, MD, is a neuroscientist and probes people's heads to see how their brains work. He is head of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at Copenhagen University. Gjedde explains we don't really know what is wrong with people suffering from depression but looking at the symptoms we get a good idea of where the fault could lie within the brain. Right now the eyes of neuroscientists are focused on the endogenous chemical in our bodies called serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates the intensity of our emotions, says Gjedde. Regardless of the emotion being happy or sad it would seem SSRI drugs dampens the experienced intensity of the emotion. People in treatment with SSRI dugs describe it as if the peak of their emotions are cut away. SSRIs mess up the cleanup

How to beat depression – without drugs Dr Steve Ilardi is slim and enthusiastic, with intense eyes. The clinical psychologist is 4,400 miles away, in Kansas, and we are chatting about his new book via Skype, the online videophone service. "I've spent a lot of time pondering Skype," he says. "On the one hand it provides a degree of social connectedness. Social connectedness is important to Ilardi. Which is why social connectedness forms one-sixth of his "lifestyle based" cure for depression. The programme has one glaring omission: anti-depressant medication. As a respected clinical psychologist and university professor, Ilardi's views are hard to dismiss. Ilardi is convinced that the medical profession's readiness to prescribe anti-depression medication is obscuring an important debate. The answer, he suggests, lies in our lifestyle. Our environment may have evolved rapidly but our physical evolution hasn't kept up. To counteract this Ilardi focuses on the aspects of a primitive lifestyle that militate against depression.