disorders make you 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 your situation. Negative thinking fades as
treatment begins to take effect. In the meantime:
Do not set
yourself difficult goals or take on a great deal of responsibility.
tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
expect too much from yourself too soon as this will only increase feelings of
Try to be
with other people; it is usually better than being alone.
in activities that may make you feel better.
try mild exercise, going to a movie, a ball game, or participating in religious
or social activities.
it or get upset if your mood is not greatly improved right away. Feeling better
Do not make major
life decisions, such as changing jobs, getting married or divorced, without
consulting others who know you well and who have a more objective view of your
situation. In any case, it is advisable to postpone important decisions until
your depression has lifted.
expect to snap out of your depression. People rarely do. Help yourself as much
as you can, and do not blame yourself for not being up to par.
do not accept your negative thinking. It is part of the depression and will
disappear as your depression responds to treatment.
AND FRIENDS CAN HELP
depression can make you feel exhausted and helpless, you will want and probably
need help from others. However, people who have never had a depressive disorder
may not fully understand its effect. They won't mean to hurt you, but they may
say and do things that do. It may help to share this pamphlet with those you
most care about so they can better understand and help you.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health