This material is my opinion, based in research and experience. It may or may not apply to you.
This week, we continue the Dealing With Depression series.
In the first week, we looked at myths and truths about depression. I discussed the truth about the “chemical imbalance theory,” and gave some information on the effectiveness of medications.
The second week, we looked at defining what depression is. I noted that depression is a systemic issue, and looked at the symptoms of depression.
But during the third week, I raised the issue of whether it really is depression. There are a number of other physical and psychological issues that mimic depression, but are not. Trying to treat another syndrome as if it is depression can be useless an frustrating.
This week, we turn our attention to how to beat depression. What can you do, immediately and long-term, to beat the depression trap?
I offer 8 strategies that are “depression first-aid,” and 4 strategies for dealing with depression in the long term. All of these strategies can be used to augment current treatment for you or a loved one struggling with depression.
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