Depression is a common mental health problem, but it’s also a manageable one.
The key to depression management is not letting the problems completely take over your life. As with any type of treatment journey, though, there will be bumps along the way.
When you’re trying to manage your depression, there are certain mistakes you need to avoid. Moreover, you need to be aware of some behaviors that make managing depression ineffective.
What are some of the common pitfalls you should avoid?
Let’s focus on five. The more you know about these mistakes, the more aware you’ll be. And that can make it easier to avoid them.
1. Keeping It to Yourself
Some people with depression might be embarrassed or ashamed of their condition. Or they may not want to bother or burden anyone else with their thoughts and feelings. So, they try to keep the problem to themselves.
If that sounds like you, it’s time to open up and stop suffering in silence. Start out by telling a friend or family member—someone you’re comfortable around. Every step forward can help you with your management journey. Eventually, you may be ready to talk to a therapist and get the help you deserve.
2. Not Understanding How Depression Is Affecting You
Depression impacts people differently. Some people may experience symptoms like fatigue or difficulty concentrating. Others might have an overwhelming sense of sadness all the time.
It’s important to recognize and understand how depression affects your daily life. That calls for some investigation and being aware of what is happening to you in a variety of situations. When you do understand how depression is affecting you personally, you can take more positive and effective steps toward treating it and managing your symptoms.
3. Not Choosing the Right Treatment
Because depression is so common, there are many different methods of managing it. But what works for one person may not work for you. Things like yoga, mindfulness, and deep breathing exercises can help you to manage your symptoms. But they aren’t full, active treatment solutions. They should be used as supplemental options to an existing treatment plan.
Attempting depression management alone is not a good idea. In fact, without the help of a professional, you could be doing more harm than good when it comes to actually helping yourself.
4. Ignoring Your Own Thoughts
Not only is it important to tell others about how you’re feeling, but it’s also important to be fully aware of your own thoughts. Severe cases of depression can lead to extremely negative thoughts. And that may cause you to consider self-harm or even suicide.
While those thoughts can sometimes be “ignored” for a while, they tend to get louder without some kind of depression management plan in place. Ignoring suicidal thoughts is dangerous. Tell someone immediately and recognize that you need to get help before those thoughts get worse. Listen to what your mind and body are trying to tell you.
5. Giving Up Too Quickly
There are different reasons people give up on depression management approaches too soon. If treatment starts to work, you might feel as though you’re getting better and you don’t need to stick with your therapist or put what you’ve learned into practice anymore. Unfortunately, when you stop, it’s far too easy to slip back into your own unhealthy thoughts and actions.
On the other hand, if you don’t see progress quickly in the way you think and feel, you might also feel like “giving up.” Feeling unmotivated to continue with treatment isn’t uncommon, but it’s something you need to actively work against.
If you’re struggling with depression, you’re not alone. Depression therapy can help you to manage your symptoms and take back your life. Contact us today to talk about our approach or click on the link to read more.