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Dealing With Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Updated on June 27, 2015

Coping With Depression

Sometimes you can get very depressed. Even though you know a lot of people care about you, and a lot of people depend on you, there are times you just want everything to go away.

Try to figure out why you are depressed. It's not always easy, but if you "retrace" your steps of what has happened during the day or even the last week you may find what the trigger is. Sometimes it seems you are depressed for no reason at all and you may not know why you feel this way, but the feelings are there, regardless. The two most common types of depression are circumstantial depression and clinical depression.

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Deep Suicidal Depression

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Should you have deep clinical depression do not expect it to go away in one day. It is possible you will be dealing with depression for some time to come. The best way to deal with the serious side effects is to be aware of what is going on and try to take preventive measurements in preparation of when the cycle begins.

Sometimes depression leads to thoughts of suicide. If you are feeling suicidal tell someone immediately! These feelings are very strong and it's nothing to be ashamed of, but please let someone know so they can help you. When some people get in this frame of mind, the idea of suicide seems logical. Getting past that frame of mind is of paramount importance. Do what you can to avoid that last step, because - it IS the last step and there is no coming back. Eventually these darker feelings will pass. It's just important for someone else to be aware of what you are going through.

Two National Suicide Hotlines are: 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-273-TALK

Trying to Cope with Depression
Trying to Cope with Depression

Depression Caused By Life Trauma

Overwhemling Depression Brought On By Circumstances

You can spiral into a dangerously depressive state with the shock of a life trauma. This type of depression is circumstantial depression. If you feel you cannot deal with life - if you just want to give up, please call a friend or suicide hotline now.

Circumstantial depression is brought on by difficult situations present in the person's life, as in a death in the family, divorce, relationship issues, moving, money worries or things of that nature. The depression may be overwhelming at the moment, but it will subside, and rational thought will replace hopelessness.

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Emotional Roller-Coaster
Emotional Roller-Coaster

Clinical Depression

Are You Bipolar?

Clinical depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. People that are Bipolar constantly ride a wave of emotions.

Depression is often cyclical. This means that you will have highs that are followed by (sometimes very low) lows. They come in "waves" and you may feel as if you are on a roller-coaster of emotions. If you pay close attention though, chances are you'll be able to feel when the upcoming wave will start. This can help you drastically, as you will be able to prepare yourself for those mood swings. It may help you tone down your "highs" so the "lows" won't be so drastic in contrast.

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Find Someone To Talk To

Talking Out What's On Your Mind Will Help

Something that may aid in fighting depression is to see a therapist. Seeing a therapist may help because it enables you to get things off your chest. It also permits you to speak to somebody who will not judge you. Seeing a therapist can do wonders should you be depressed. If you can find a friend or family member to talk to whom you trust, that may be another option for you.

Anti-depressant
Anti-depressant

Fighting Depression with Medication

You May Need An Anti-Depressant

One solution to deal with depression is with prescription medicine. Every year new ones come out too, so if you have attempted the prescription route in the past that didn't help much, there are many more choices now. Almost all of them work by attempting to restore the chemical balance within your brain, as depression is brought on by a chemical imbalance. A licensed psychiatrists would have to prescribe medication.

Do not be ashamed or embarrassed if your depression has forced you to have to take medication. Sometimes depression symptoms are so negative that the solution to aid the deep depression is medication. Speak to a psychiatrist to discover if medicine may be the correct choice for your needs and which medicine is ideal.

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Signs of Depression

Here are some symptoms that you may be depressed:

  • Disruptive sleep patterns or wanting to sleep all the time
  • Not being able to focus or concentrate, becoming forgetful
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Previous interests or activities no longer give you joy or pleasure
  • Always feeling fatigued - feeling lethargic
  • Changes in appetite - noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Aches and pains you can't explain
  • Strong feelings of guilt or feeling worthless

Coping with Depression

Take a walk
Take a walk

For those struggling from depression, try to practice relaxation methods. For those who use these techniques every day, you might discover that your depression symptoms have decreased and in general, you'll truly feel more relaxed. You could practice stretching exercises, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or try meditation. Get a friend do these exercises with you and he or she will get the benefits as well.

Consider taking a dietary supplement/vitamins. Research has shown that vitamin deficiencies can impact brain performance, primarily to disorders such as depression. The spotlight is on B vitamins, which include folic acid and B-12. A chromium supplement, even though not repairing a deficiency, will increase energy ranges and should reduce junk food cravings. Avoid fatty foods and try to retain a wholesome diet plan.

Try to eat foods which can be better for you personally, when battling depression. Try to stay far away from junk food and meals that you simply overindulge in.

One of the best way to beat depression is to become active and physically exercise. It's not a fast fix towards the issue of depression, nonetheless it is definitely an ongoing way to make your lifestyle far better and offers you a little something to look forward come the next day. Not only does it relieve anxiety, it helps you feel much better about yourself . You feel like you have some management or control back in your life.

The key is to make sure it's exercise you take pleasure it. This could be some thing as simple as taking a walk, or going for a swim or taking a bicycle ride.

Another tip to coping with depression is to turn off the television. Such a large percentage of everything on television news, or in the newspapers is negative and depressing, so if turn off the television or put down the paper, then it ceases becoming an element feeding or adding to depression.

Getting a pet does help ease depression. A cat or kitten, puppy or small rodent, such as a hamster or rat can help you relax and ease your tensions, hopefully also easing your depression. A good way to stave off the side effects of depression is to take care of something or someone else. Helping others helps you.

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When all feels lost
When all feels lost

My Personal Struggle With Depression

Though I wrote this lens about depression, I am not a doctor or have any type of medical degree. I hope this lens helps or guides someone to some type of peace of mind, but this information is not to be used in place of advice from a trained medical professional.

I've suffered from severe depression myself. I've felt the "waves" of giddy-high which soon crashes down to low lows. I am not bipolar so I don't have the constant roller-coaster some have, but you don't need to be bipolar for these mood swings to happen on occasion. I've learned to recognize when I'm getting on that unnatural high and try to level things out so the crash down is not so bad.

In the not too distant past I was overcome with depression when I realized I was losing my house to foreclosure - the court date was set for the sale. I had battled with the mortgage company with refinance packages for months to no avail. All I could think of was that I couldn't even provide for my family. That thought alone drove me into a severe depression. It was hard to get the thought out of my head that my life insurance would pay for the house in full, and my children would have a roof over their head. I think about that now and it's scary. Your family would rather have YOU around then some house, yet in that mindset it seemed like a logical thought.

Luckily I have a dear friend who pointed out how much more important I was alive than dead even based on the fact that my family wouldn't lose the house. Well, the house is gone and it's been tough, but I'm glad my mind cleared up. Sometimes depression can be so devastating on your though processes.

I hope this lens will help people see how important they are, and that there is always hope. You are not alone.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Great tips. Hope this helps in reminding the people with suicidal tendencies that there are people who care for them.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Some very good tips -- they should help some people.

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      @lkamom: Thank you for your insight and I really appreciate your comments.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      My mother had severe depression, at the time the clinical word for it was manic depressive disorder. I hope this lens will help people who are suffering from depression and or suicidal thoughts. And people that don't have depression to have a better understanding of it. Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for leaving your comments.

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      @Zebedee32: Thank you! :)

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      @rallo-smith: I appreciate you stopping by, thanks

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      Appollonia 5 years ago

      @anonymous: This is very true. Thanks for your comment (and observation).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've had a couple of episodes but I'm far from depressed in the true sense. I am Autistic so I'm susceptible to bullying and that gets me down. Like the page.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      A helpful lens :)

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Very helpful information for someone suffering from depression.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Depression is very tough to deal with, both for the person who is depressed and for anyone who is close to the depressed person.