Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that affects nearly 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Symptoms of depression can cause a lot of distress, as you may feel extreme fatigue or restlessness, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness, lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, low self-esteem, and more. If you’ve been struggling with depression, how do you know? What symptoms have you been experiencing? The first step to getting better is speaking with a professional from a reputable treatment center so that you can begin your journey to recovery. Whether you’ve started the process of recovery or not, there are several ways that you can tell if you’re letting your depression take over your life:
- You allow yourself to dwell in your sorrows. It’s normal to feel upset every now and then, but depression can ensure you feel sad much of the time. By allowing yourself to get caught up in the rumination, anxiety, and panic, you give your depression the power. Take that power back. Write down positive things to combat the negative. Choose to not engage with the depressive thoughts. They can appear, but they do not have to stay.
- You give in to temptations of hiding yourself away from the world. Depression often tells us, “Nobody cares about you, so there’s no sense in going out.” These reasonings are negative and unproductive and are your depression’s way of trying to sink you back into a slump. Say “NO!” and, even if you don’t feel like it, force yourself to get out there every now and then. Join a group. Talk to people. You have the control.
- You avoid taking care of your mental and physical health. If you have depression, it’s so easy to feel too exhausted to bathe, get dressed, brush your teeth, and complete a lot of daily routine activities. Force yourself to do these things, even if you feel like it’s too much. Your mind and body need this self-care.
- You do not exercise or give yourself moments to get some fresh air. Staying inside too much can worsen your symptoms – take yourself outside for a walk and recognize the beauty around you.
- You refuse to seek help. When it comes to mental illness, there’s no such thing as, “It will go away eventually” if no work is done towards healing and recovery. Seek help today.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.