Depression has emotional and physical consequences.
Last week I wrote about general and useful information that we all need to know about depression.
Understanding what depression and other mental conditions are is very important. The reason is simple: the greater our understanding of them, the greater the chances that people take an active role regarding the state of their mental and emotional well-being.
Now, to complement the information of last week’s article, here are some resources that can help you if you or someone you know is going through a rough time.
These resources are meant to aid in the understanding of this condition and, at the same time, help those who have a mild depression. Nevertheless, looking for professional help is the best way to fight against depression.
8 Resources to Understand and Fight Depression:
1. Let’s start with a suggestion: if you’re depressed or deeply saddened do not isolate yourself. It’s okay to take some time for yourself, but even going out for a little walk, talking to a friend, and doing interesting things can help. It will not cure a depression, but the vast majority of the time, physical movement and contact with other people, will make it easier to cope.
2. If you want to know in detail the basic symptoms of depression, I recommend this video that explains them in just 3 minutes.
3. Visit and become a member of The Blurt Foundation. Their challenge is to “help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are.”
You can read very interesting and informative articles, download free guides and resources, and look for support. This is definitely worthy of your time.
4. When it comes to mental health is always good to express yourself and to avoid keeping feelings and emotions bottled up. Check out this article with 30 journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery.
5. Here you can find a very complete booklet called “Understanding Depression”. It has a checklist of symptoms, talks about possible treatments, self-help tips and other practical information.
6. If you don’t feel like reading right now, check out this list of 10 podcasts about mental health that will make you feel less alone.
7. Another helpful suggestion is to leave behind false beliefs about depression. This makes us more empathic and encourages people to seek help without fear or shame. People with depression or any other mental health condition aren’t weak or lack willpower. You can read more about this topic here.
8. Finally, remember that seeking help is a sign of wanting to take charge of your emotional well-being. If you have already tried these strategies and self-help resources but you still feel the same, consider seeking professional guidance. Depression can be treated. If you’re wondering if it would benefit you to receive professional help, this article can help you find the answer.