Discovering that you suffer from depression can be both a relief and very frightening at the same time. But being able to label how you feel and why you do feel the way you do, while overwhelming, will open you to start learning more about your condition. No matter how frustrating it is you do need to understand what you are dealing with, identify the symptoms and how it affects your life, and be empowered to make healthy decisions about your life and follow through with appropriate treatment options that are available to you.
First of all, individuals that suffer from depression need to realize that everyone is different. It may affect you one way but it can have a completely different effect on someone else. Sometimes people feel like they are very tired and have no energy and may even find it difficult to concentrate and complete normal everyday tasks. Other individuals may display signs of extreme irritability and agitation, and may snap with outbursts of anger, feeling like the whole world is working against them. In many cases they will be in denial of their feelings and will tend to shy away from interacting with people. No matter what type of symptoms you or someone you know experiences, if they continue for two weeks or more, you need to contact a doctor and to help assess the situation and to determine what you may be able to do in order to feel better.
It is not uncommon for people to become even more depressed when they discover in some way and may even become angry because they do not know why they have to deal with such a terrible feeling all of the time. It can become a vicious cycle that in some extreme cases can lead to suicide, which is why this condition should not be taken lightly.
In order to help decrease some of these negative feelings, it is important to fully understand what can cause depression. Most people may be surprised to find that it may be caused by something that they really do not have any control over. One common cause may be a family history of depression which would make one more susceptible to it. Having a family history may also help you better understand how to cope with it and may help family members provide better support. Other causes may include a traumatic event or stress in your life. To reduce the effects of this will require you to work through this trauma and deal with it, rather than avoid, in order to begin feeling better.
One way to reduce depression and its symptoms is to watch your thoughts. For example, someone that continually has a negative outlook on life may become depressed. So for this person, it may be very important to begin changing his or her thinking and catch themselves when this happens. Happy thoughts, even if you are faking it, can lead towards having a healthier, happier, life. While this is not necessarily a cure, it does help. Sometimes surrounding yourself with positive people will also help uplift you rather than perpetuate your condition.
Before you begin working towards any type of treatment, you need to receive an accurate diagnosis. Then you will want to educate yourself as much as possible. Work with professionals to learn about all of your options and just know that treatment can take time. Simply remain patient and know that any life situation can be overcome and that your condition does not define who you are.