Depression does not have to be forever. If you manage the condition from all angles, it can be overcome. Over the years I have often been told that major depression is incurable, and that once you’ve had your second episode, that’s that. Obviously I disagree. In this article, I attempt to create a list of actions you can take to best cure depression.
First it’s important to note that major depression is not just low mood for a few days.
This link will show you my page with the criteria used by medical professionals to determine whether you need treatment for depression.
OK, yes, I’m depressed, now can it end please?
Recovery from depression is unfortunately not yet a simple process. Your chance of recovery depends on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to your age, physical health, whether you can access therapy, how you react to medication, your stress levels and more
This page is my process to try to make a little more sense of it all, and advise people on what you can do on your own to improve matters.
Once you’ve confirmed that depression is the problem, what is one to do?
1. Take charge of your journey
If you’ve never had depression this might sound obvious, but when one feels as if you are under water most of the day, it can be extremely difficult to actually take the action needed to feel better. Depression is very much a physical condition, so it takes immense willpower to get yourself into any action.
* Break actions down into steps: E.g. when you need to call the doctor/therapist:
- Find the phone
- Find the number
- Press dial, and don’t hang up
- Say “it is Sam, I’m depressed, can I please have an urgent appointment?”
- Write the time and date where you’ll see it.
- Congratulate yourself!
2. Make that appointment with a proffessional
Depression serious and debilitating. If you can access professional help at all, it is a really good idea. There are many therapies that have a positive effect including CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psychoanalysis, Interpersonal Therapy and many more. Feel free to ask your therapist which type of therapy they practice, so that you can take an active part in your healing process.
Certain professionals, like medical doctors and psychiatrists can prescribe anti-depressant medication. The modern anti-depressants are called SSRI’s and help your body to have enough of the right chemicals around to feel better. They can take 3 to 6 weeks to work, so if you go this route, don’t just stop if you don’t feel better after 2 weeks.
There are also certain herbal medications, like St John’s Wort, that have anti-depressant qualities. If you are taking prescription medications for other conditions however, check with your doctor first, before self prescribing St Johns wort, as it can have serious interactions with other meds.
While you’re looking at medication, also check the side-effects of any chronic medication you might be on, as that could be the root cause of your depression. Your doctor can often adjust your treatment in that case.
3. Have a serous look at what you’re eating
Allergies can seriously contribute to depression, so consider checking your allergies to gluten(bread, past etc) and dairy for starters. Go without them for a few days and check if there’s any improvement. In my own case stopping gluten made a massive difference in my life.
On these pages, I have shared alot of information about good foods and supplements that really make a difference.
There are also a lot of supplements that really help with depression, such as the various B vitamins, vitamin C, Omega 3, Probiotics, amino acids and more. I discuss these on various pages too .
4. Get some excercise
No, I’m not kidding! I know you might just want to lie on a heap and melt, but physical exercise helps your body release endorphins. They are feel good hormones that will improve your mood. Sustained exercise also helps to stimulate nerve endings to grow, so that we can absorb the right combination of chemicals to feel good again.
If you can’t face formal exercise, try to climb some stairs, go for a walk, or jump up and down on the same spot.
If even that’s too much, start by shaking and flicking your fingers, or doing some simple stretches.
Just DO something. And of course, congratulate yourself when you’re done!
So what am I saying?
How do we best cure depression? All of the above.
Taking care of your diet, your body, your exercise regime, your therapy, your sleep and ultimately your sanity is the only holistic way to address this problem, and yes. It can work.
After 15 years long personal struggle, I have finally found what I call my “Happiness Recipe”. Some people find it quickly, and others take a lifetime, or sadly, some end their own lives before they find the answer.
When you are depressed, it’s physically impossible to see reality for what it is. Every problem seems insurmountable, it feels as if everyone is fighting with you, and no one sees your worth. It is utterly unfair to our loved ones, and just as unfair to us.
What is my best cure for depression?
It took me many years to realize that my perception was actually influenced by my illness. I just couldn’t imagine that people didn’t mean to insult me, or didn’t like me. Reality, when I reached it, is like breathing for the first time, like coming up from under water. It was a long journey, but utterly worth the reward. My greatest help came from a book called Depression Free Naturally, 7 Weeks to eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue and Anger from your Life
(which you can access on my book page too)
To give you an idea, my recipe includes:
- No gluten
- The right healthy diet
- Vitamins and other supplements
- Omega 3 supplements
- Pro-biotic powder
- Pilates twice a week and walking every day
- A healthy sleeping environment
- Being off the pill
And I promise that’s not all of it. However, for the past year, I haven’t had to take antidepressants, and I haven’t had a depressive episode for 2 years.
I laugh most days, and I generally feel happy.
I know it’s just anecdotal, not proof of anything. But if this post can help one other person find their way out, it’s all worth it.
For more information on the vitamins and minerals that can make a massive difference have a look at these pages:
Please feel free to comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.