If you suffer from chronic depression, you likely feel the effects of depression for long periods of time, though they may be mild, only dipping into major depression sporadically. Chronic depression is exhausting and makes it difficult to function or enjoy daily activities. Fortunately for those suffering from depression, there are treatments to help them live full lives and feel more like themselves.
A major component of depression is negative thoughts, especially negative thoughts directed at yourself. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you recognize your defeating thought process and challenge it in hopes of changing how you think. This, in turn, can help change how you act.
A trained therapist can teach you how to recognize negative thought patterns and offer you techniques for how to deal with them when they arise. Not every technique is a perfect fit for everyone, but there are many options, so you can find the right approach to turn your thoughts around before you sink deeper into depression. Some studies show that CBT works as well as antidepressants, and those who both practice CBT and use antidepressants are less likely to still suffer from depression in the future.
Antidepressants are used to help chronic sufferers of depression, and they can also help with the anxiety that sometimes accompanies chronic depression. Though you may worry about taking medication for depression, it is well regulated. Pharmacy techs get special training in order to carefully measure your dose. To obtain antidepressants, you will need to see your doctor and be open about your depression. You will likely be prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There are many antidepressants that fall into this category, and Lexapro is one of the most popular. These SSRIs help with serotonin levels in the brain, and this can stabilize moods. Antidepressants are very effective for those suffering from chronic depression, and they can be combined with cognitive behavioral therapy for maximum improvement.
Though it isn’t easy to make yourself exercise when struggling with depression, physical movement is effective in helping those who deal with this condition. Exercise causes your brain to be flooded by endorphins that lift your mood, and it also gives you something to focus on besides your depression. It can be hard to get motivated to move when dealing with a serious bout of depression, so don’t hesitate to seek other treatments. However, exercise can keep you feeling better and help you gain self-confidence and mental clarity as you seek to manage chronic depression. Even just a walk is enough to get those feel-good endorphins flowing. If you are tired, sad, or not feeling like yourself, seek help for your symptoms. Chronic depression doesn’t have to mean giving up on what you enjoy in life. Treatment is available.
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