Statistics say that one in three people will encounter symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. If you have been offered medication or any other form of treatment for depression, it can be easy to feel disheartened if it doesn’t work straight away.
The key is to remember that (sadly) there is no miracle cure, and all treatments take time to work. By following these tips however, you should get the best from your treatment.
Allow medication time to work
If you have been prescribed medication by your doctor, it is important to know that it takes at least a couple of weeks to kick in – and up to 12 weeks for you to tell how well it’s working. You may find that you and your doctor need to experiment to find the correct dose and the correct drug for you. Just try not to give up and give it time.
Invest in talk therapy
Depression generally has a mix of physical, mental and emotional causes behind it. Studies have shown that the most effective way to treat depression is through a combination of medication and talk therapy. Options include cognitive therapy, counselling and meeting with a support group.
Working on your physical strength as well as your emotional strength can do wonders for your mood. Exercise can help ease stress, increase serotonin levels and offer a sense of well-being.
Eat a healthy, varied diet
Eating a balanced diet will help your body work at its best – and when your body is working well, your treatment will work well. Not getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals can make your depression worse, so ensure you are getting your five and day and invest in a multi-vitamin supplement if you feel you need to.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep helps you to cope with stress and boosts mood. If you are struggling to sleep ensure you exercise, have regular meal and bedtime schedules, limit alcohol and caffeine, get outside in daylight and have a set bedtime routine.
If you are struggling with depression, speaking to a counsellor can help you uncover the root of your feelings and help you deal with symptoms. For more information, please see our Depression page.
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