Tired of feeling sad, lonely, depressed, or like you have no control of your
life? Or perhaps your symptoms are minor and you just hate the way you are
feeling? Its perfectly natural to have feelings like that- the good news is that
you don't have to let your diagnosis be the main theme in your life, just a part
of who you are. Here's a few tips to get there.
The first thing that you should do is to get a checkup with your primary care
physician. While talking to your doctor about depression and anxiety may seem a
little difficult, remember that they are there to help you out. The reason that
you would want to go to the doctor first is to get a checkup for any medical
problems underlying your symptoms.
If the doctor determines that you are suffering from either depression or
anxiety, he or she will discuss options for you. They can recommend a
psychiatrist, some medicine, or other treatments. While taking medicine is a
very personal choice, it can alleviate your symptoms and help you feel
Choosing the right medication is a process, so if the first medication you
take doesn't work, don't give up. Depression and anxiety medication react
differently in everyone. Finding the one that works specifically for you might
take some time. And you don't need to be scared off by the price if your on a
tight budget. Drug companies are starting to work with patients and their
specific financial constraints. They might just give you your medication for
free if you qualify.
What do you do after you've been taking some medicine? Well, in long term
studies, it has been proven that those people who use medication in addition to
seeking therapy see the best results. It's ok to take some time here to find the
right one for you- some therapists you will automatically feel comfortable with
while others might not suit your specific needs. For those that suffer
specifically from depression and anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is
particularly effective, so ask your therapist to try this method with you
There are also more natural ways to feel better. For example, St. Johns Wart
is a natural herbal supplement that specifically helps those suffering from
depression. Eating a healthy diet full of fruit, vegetables, and nuts will also
help lift your mood.
If your anxiety is severe, meditation is a great addition to any treatment
programs your already on to help alleviate your symptoms. An added bonus is that
meditation will also help reduce your blood pressure and stress levels.
Meditation might be a little bit difficult for some to do, but the main concepts
are fairly easy to follow. The key points include: finding a good and natural
posture, clearing your mind, and breathing very deeply in and out. While some
people prefer to do short meditation sessions all throughout the day, others
find they get more out of a longer session at specific times during the day.
These tips will get you started in the right way to feeling better.
Want more help? Through counseling and motivation, I can specifically help you think more positive, help you target and fix the specific triggers that cause the most pain, and give you the motivation to gain the quality of life your looking for.