What If Depression Comes Back? Ways to Cope After Treatment

May 10, 2017 - - 0 Comments What If Depression Comes Back? Ways to Cope After Treatment

It’s a common misconception that depression treatment for women will lick the condition for good after you strictly follow the program. For some, they are going to battle with women’s depression all their lives. According to studies, it’s natural for depressed people to have bouts of intense sadness.

However, there are ways to cope with depression following a relapse and here are just some of them.

1.) Anti-depressants and medication – You have to go talk to your doctor again who may recommend that you take anti-depressants. If you haven’t taken medication before, these are the types of drugs that may be prescribed to you.

  • SNRIs or Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  • SSRIs or Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • NDRIs or Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors

In some instances, these anti-depressants are paired with other drugs like mood stabilizers, stimulants, and anti-psychotic medicines.

But if you are currently on medication as a direct result of the depression treatment, your doctor may just change the dosage or recommend another brand.

2.)  Keep yourself busy – We know it’s the last thing you want to hear right now when all you want to do is lie down in your room. But physical activity can help since your body releases endorphins, that feel good gene which can help perk you up.  Start with small steps if you find the challenge of just getting up insurmountable. Just 15 minutes of jogging, then scale it up to 30 minutes and so on.

3.) Find yourself a hobby – Idleness is the devil’s playground. Do you remember the things that used to make you happy? What made you stop them? Isn’t this the perfect time to try to do those again? Or how about finding a new hobby to keep you occupied?

Be forewarned, however. There’s a risk involved in spreading yourself too thin. Unfulfilled tasks can be a source of stress and you become high-risk for depression relapse.

4.) Change your lifestyle – Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep each night so you wake up refresh and ready to face the day again. Take care of your health, and that means you eat right (for instance, red meat can make you feel tired instead of active) and get plenty of exercise.

Note: Speaking of food, try to avoid sugar, carbs, or caffeine. You want to always keep yourself balanced. Eat more fish, leafy greens, and citrus for ample supply of vitamins. Also, it’s important that you don’t skip your meals. 

5.) Attend a class – Be it a yoga class, meditation lessons, music, and crafts or even going to the gym. The purpose here is two-fold: one is to help you manage your stress, and keep your mind and spirit balanced, and second is to provide you an opportunity to socialize.

6.) Get yourself a pet – Not only will the pet help you cope with the feelings you probably feel even after finishing the depression treatment, you are actually responsible for a life. Hopefully, this will give your own a purpose because you turn your attention to something—a dog, cat, bird, or reptiles—other than your own.

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