Having depression is like wearing a dark pair of sunglasses. It starts to color your worldview and suddenly everything can feel very hollow and hopeless. You might find that things which used to bring you joy, now are met with a deep sense of numbness. Your thoughts may begin to get increasingly negative. You might wonder what the purpose or meaning of life is.
Unfortunately, many people who are struggling, may not even realize it. If they do recognize it, it can be tough to know what to do. There is no guidebook for how to cope, when small tasks feel like they take Herculean efforts. As a therapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland, the following are four tips for coping if you are struggling with depression.
1. Reach out for help from a professional.
Depression is a serious mental illness. However, it’s also highly treatable. If you are struggling with depression, it’s so important that you reach out for help from a professional. Look for a therapist, psychiatrist, or doctor, in your area who you can reach out to.
Seeking help is a sign of true strength, not weakness. If your depression is telling you that you don’t deserve to get help, please do not listen to it. Like an abusive partner, your depression wants you to stay trapped. However, all people who are suffering deserve to seek help and support. You don’t have to continue to feel this hopeless and alone. Read more