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Diagnosed With Depression? Here Are 8 Simple Ways To Cope With It And Come Out Stronger Than Ever

Diagnosed With Depression? Here Are 8 Simple Ways To Cope With It And Come Out Stronger Than Ever

Now that you have been diagnosed with depression, there's no need to worry. Things might seem a little overwhelming now, but with a little help, you can weather the storm.

More than 300 million people around the world struggle to cope with depression. Hailed as the leading cause of disability around the world by the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is also considered to be a "major contributor to the overall global burden of disease." Now while most people choose to believe that depression is mere sadness that can be dispelled with meditation, love or mindfulness, the reality of depression is rather scary. At the end of the day, depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. While depression is undeniably scary if left untreated, it is easy to overcome with help. However, the stigma that surrounds depression or mental illnesses of any sort, make it very difficult for those suffering to open up about it. At the end of the day, no one wants to hear all about how they aren't drinking enough water while battling suicidal thoughts and tendencies. In fact, less than half the people who are suffering from depression actually dare to receive help or treatment for their condition thanks to social stigma.  


 
 
 
 
 
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But thankfully, with the spread of awareness, and sensitization, more and more people are learning to accept that without help, the downward spiral is only infinite. But even then, it isn't easy to cope once you actually receive an official medical diagnosis. After all, being in denial is much easier than accepting the invisible nature of your illness and learning to live with it. In fact, with just a little effort, dealing with a depression diagnosis becomes far easier. And in case you have been struggling, we have a few tips just for you. 


 
 
 
 
 
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1. Educate yourself about your condition 

Thanks to the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, it isn't easy to know everything there is to know about your condition. And the best way to do it is to educate yourself. With hundreds of free resources aiming to educate readers about mental health online, learning to understand the nature of your depression becomes much easier. Additionally, reading about your condition makes you aware of how depression might affect your life, your relationships and even how it might manifest itself in you. However, as important reading is, it is also important to understand that not all resources that claim to understand depression are inherently reliable. At the end of the day, there are thousands of people out there who are firmly of the opinion that love is enough to cure a depressed mind. But, in reality, there is no scientific evidence that it does any such thing.  


 
 
 
 
 
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2. Be careful what you read 

While reading about depression is important, it is also important to go through real-life experiences of others. At the end of the day, realizing that you are not alone can help your mental health recover faster. Additionally, it can also teach you about behavioral patterns and coping mechanisms that might have taken you years to figure otherwise. However, while reading personal experiences, it is very important to stay away from forums that dedicate themselves to proving that depression is just a cry for attention. In fact, believe it or not, there are innumerable forums dedicated to hating and shaming everyone who is battling depression. Not only are these forums very toxic, but they might also be a trigger for you as well. So while reading online, don't be tempted to see what people think about depression. After all, most of these haters hardly know the sad reality of the condition. 


 
 
 
 
 
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3. Figure out what depression is to you

Everyone who has ever run a search for"what is depression" knows that it is characterized by a set of symptoms that are a result of chemical imbalances in the brain. However, each such list comes with a disclaimer that not all symptoms are bound to be present in each case. And that is what makes depression such a personal journey. Starting from the environment you are in and ending with your food habits, each of your personal choices has an impact on your brain and therefore your depression. If you rely on others to figure out what the journey might have in store for you, there are chances that you might be disappointed. At the end of the day, it is very important to remember that in spite of the common symptoms, your journey is your own and though it might be a perilous one, the more you learn about it, the easier it gets for you. 


 
 
 
 
 
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4. Educate and sensitize those who matter to you 

Given that there is not enough awareness about depression out there, it is important to inform those who are close to you about what you are going through. Yes, it might feel embarrassing initially given the social stigma that surrounds it, but in the long run, support from friends and family plays a very important role in your recovery. While it might feel intimidating to explain an invisible illness, with time, you will realize that awareness is enabling those who matter to you help you in their own special ways. Educating those who matter to you about mental health can also benefit others inadvertently because with enough awareness, identifying depression and helping those suffering can become easy.  


 
 
 
 
 
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5. You don't have to be patient with those who don't believe you 

With every case of depression comes a healthy serving of 'well-wishers' who try very hard to convince you that there is nothing wrong with you. In fact, there might even be some wise ones who will try to convince you that depression isn't real, it is a medical conspiracy and it is best to not associate oneself with such diagnoses because all it does is weakens your soul. While it might come across as very hurtful and while you might feel tempted to explain to them the true nature of the condition, in most cases, such people refuse to change their mind. This sort of negativity can be rather detrimental to your mental health. So instead of risking another spiral or getting into arguments that can possibly hamper your recover, it is best to walk away. Recovery can be very hard without empathy.  


 
 
 
 
 
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6. Don't Blame Yourself 

Not being able to get out of bed, failing deadlines and not being able to cope with life, in general, can be very stressful. In fact, there are high chances that depression might just make you hate yourself for turning into a mere husk of who you really are. But honestly, there is not a single grain of truth in that. Depression, much like the common cold, can affect just about anyone. And once afflicted, it doesn't take a lot for your life to be turned into what you might believe to be a steaming mess. But as you battle the darkness, it is very important to remember that none of this is your fault. If anything, you are trying your best to fight it. And when you think about it, that doesn't deserve hate of any sort. In fact, all you truly deserve is a lot of love for getting through these hard times. 


 
 
 
 
 
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7. Just because others have more experience, it doesn't mean that you have to listen to them 

With depression being so common, there are high chances that you will encounter someone you know with depression sooner or later. And in some cases, they might have just been struggling to fight depression longer than you. Now a lot of these people will try to give you a whole lot of unsolicited advice about how to deal with your depression. But since depression manifests itself differently in everyone, there are chances that some of these fixes won't work for you no matter how hard they try to convince you that they eventually will. So it is perfectly okay for you to make your own decisions based on your own experiences. At the end of the day, this is a journey you have to figure out for yourself and learn from it. While listening to others might feel comforting initially, in the long run, your own decisions and actions are what truly matter. 


 
 
 
 
 
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8. Never be afraid to ask for help 

Just because you have a diagnosis and professional help does not mean that things won't get really bad at times. And when they do, no matter how hard it seems, reaching out to those you trust is the best way to go about it. After all, when your mind is full of darkness and suffocating you, kindness and love from others can do miraculous things and pull you out of the slump. Yes there will be times when you might feel like a burden to others and there might be times when you feel like there is absolutely no reason for you to go on, but never forget that there will always be people you know who will convince you otherwise even at 3 in the morning because they care enough. While a lot of people might believe that asking for help might be a sign of weakness, it is important to always remember that it takes a lot of bravery to expose your vulnerable side and actually reach out for help. 


 
 
 
 
 
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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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