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I feel at one point or another we all have small episodes of depression. Please remember, nearly every one will have a case of depression at one point or another. However, some people can become, what is considered to be, clinically depressed. In order to be clinically depressed, your episode has to linger longer than a two week period. If you think you are clinically depressed, it would be advised you talk to your doctor. Remember, depression is a treatable illness and you’re not alone.
Every one’s symptoms will differ in regards to depression, some will give up on life, and some will simply be annoyed all the time. Depression isn’t something that only affects you; it also affects your friends and family. Treating it, or learning to manage it yourself, is a must. The last thing you want is your condition affecting your work or home life.
My personal advice to any one who is currently in a depressed episode: Set a goal for yourself and work for it. It can be anything: Something you want to get done around the house to something related to your job. The number one thing you need to do is get your mind engaged in an activity, and off the unknown reason as to why you’re feeling blue.
Sit down and have a long talk with a friend. Make sure it’s some one who will take your condition seriously, having that long overdue “life” talk is a sure fire way to make you feel better. Listening to other people and relating your experiences together allows you to realize that you’re not alone.
Make sure your activities are productive. Do things that better you. Sitting on the couch, eating chips and watching television all day will cause any one to feel horrible. Do something creative or exercise. Physical work is also something that will make you feel better through out the day, so trim up those bushes next to the house your wife has been killing you about.
The previous steps are things that make me feel better when I’m feeling down. Every one has their own style of coping with life, but I hope they can help you as well. Remember you’re far from alone. Millions of people in the United States are depressed every day. Work to manage your depression, so you can be one of millions who are not.