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Depressed Times: How To Keep It Together When Everything Else Falls Apart

keep it together during depressionThere are many triggers that can push a person over the edge and into a depressive episode. Once in this depressive state, it often seems impossible to pull yourself out. A friend of mine once compared suffering from depression to being stuck in a dark and gloomy hole where people on the outside can see you and hear you, but they can’t get you out. The stigma surrounding mental health is still overwhelming and some people would rather walk right past you than help you. Then there are friends and family who want to help you but don’t know how; at most they can throw you a rope and encourage you to take it but it is up to you to find the strength and the energy to pull yourself back up and out of that hole.

But how do you find that strength? How do you gather that energy when everything else is closing in on you?

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Depression: From Denial to Treatment

According to WebMD, 70% of people with clinical depression can improve, often in a matter of weeks if they receive proper treatment. With such a compelling statistic, you would think depression is an illness can be easily managed – you feel the symptoms, you recognize them, you go for treatment, you improve. Sadly, this is not at all the case.  Here’s another statistic for you – it has been said that 75% of all people with depression are never diagnosed and don’t seek treatment. While this number may not be precise it does bring awareness to the fact that there are people out there suffering in silence.

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How to find the right Depression Support Group

support group for mental healthWhen you are depressed you feel like the world turns its back on you and loneliness and isolation start to set in. Feeling like this can have very negative effects and can lead people to having much more dark feelings about themselves and the condition that controls them; needless to say, family and friends will feel powerless and frustrated if they are shunned by their loved one.

The worst thing you can do is continue with this vicious cycle of isolation; connecting with others who may be going through the same journey as you can provide support and understanding. Support groups can happen both offline and online, and they usually provide access to information about issues surrounding depression and mental health, this makes patients become better equipped and prepared to be able to help one another. You can learn a lot from others’ situation, medicines, treatment options such as TMS Therapy, fears and hopes.

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