HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION
What is depression?
Depression commonly coexists with anxiety, and can be embarrassing to reach out about at first. The best ways to relieve anxiety are to talk about it, and recognize the symptoms:
Not eating enough
Not sleeping enough
Lack of interest
Loss of motivation
Struggling to concentrate
Letter for someone dealing with depression and suicide
I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and ADHD all in one year. I have also been through a suicide attempt as well as gone to psychiatric visits, therapy, and a psychiatric ward.
Though it may be a trite and tired saying, it does get better! The first step is to recognize why this happens, and what you can do to overcome it.
It may make you feel shameful or embarrassed, but depression is a real and treatable illness. Depression is diagnosed through a therapist or a psychiatrist after evidence of lack of interest, lack of motivation, excessive crying, emotional isolation, inappropriate emotional reactions (crying over a small stressor, laughing over something tragic), oversleeping, overeating, and others all lasting over two weeks at a time. Everyone gets stressed, but depression is diagnosed when these symptoms are experienced over a course of two weeks or more.
Ways to distress:
Getting enough sleep
Reach out to a friend or family member
Get help from a medical professional