make one feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless.
Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect the situation.
Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect.
In the meantime:
Set realistic goals and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility. Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can
Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive.
Participate in activities that may make you feel better.
Mild exercise, going to a movie, a ballgame, or participating in religious, social, or other activities may help.
Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.
It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition--change jobs, get married or divorced--discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
People rarely "snap out of" a depression. But they can feel a little better day by day.
Remember, positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.
Let your family and friends help you.
An alternative approach to mental health care that emphasizes the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit can play an important role in recovery and healing.
Although some people with mental health problems recover using alternative methods alone, most people combine them with other, more traditional treatments such as therapy and, perhaps,prescription or holistic medication.
It is crucial, however, to consult with your health care providers about the approaches you are using to achieve mental wellness. Remember to always make sure you have a proper diagnosis and a DR. who is willing to work with you regarding your specific personal needs.
Although some alternative approaches have a long history, many remain controversial.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health was created in 1992 to help evaluate alternative methods of treatment and to integrate those that are effective into mainstream health care practice.
Other Treatment Options Include , But Are Not Limited To :
Diet and nutrition
Animal assisted therapies
Expressive therapies ( such as Art Therapy,Dance/Movement Therapy,Music/Sound Therapy)
Culturally based healing arts (Traditional Oriental medicine (such as acupuncture, shiatsu, and reiki), Indian systems of health care (such as Ayurveda and yoga), and Native American healing practices (such as the Sweat Lodge and Talking Circles)
Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
(such as Biofeedback,breathing exercises,Guided Imagery or Visualization, and Massage therapy)
EMDR, or "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treating Depression
Many people with bipolar disorder benefit from joining support groups such as those sponsored by the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA), the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the National Mental Health Association (NMHA). Families and friends can also benefit from support groups offered by these organizations.