If you’ve been feeling depressed for a few weeks or more make an appointment to see your GP. They can talk to you about your symptoms and the treatments that could help you feel better. It is possible that your GP may refer you to their counselling service or put you on the waiting list to see a psychologist. If you want to get immediate help rather than waiting for help through the NHS you can refer yourself to a private therapist. Choose who you would like to see either by recommendation or contacting somebody and asking questions. The most important thing is to ensure that they are appropriately qualified and that you feel very comfortable with them and confident in their skills.
If you don’t feel you are the point of seeking professional help yet and feel that your low mood is only temporary, here are some tips that may help you;
Be more active
Don’t withdraw from life. Socialising can improve your mood. Keeping in touch with friends and family means you have someone to talk to when you feel low. Take up some form of exercise. There’s evidence that exercise can help lift your mood. If you haven’t exercised for a while, start gently by walking for 20 minutes every day.
Face your fears
Don’t avoid the things you find difficult. When people feel low or anxious, they sometimes avoid talking to other people. Some people can lose their confidence about driving or travelling. If this starts to happen, facing up to these situations will help them become easier.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
For some people, alcohol can become a problem. You may drink more than usual as a way of coping with or hiding your emotions, or just to fill time. But alcohol won’t help you solve your problems. It could also make you feel more depressed.
Have a routine
When people feel down, they can get into poor sleep patterns, staying up late and sleeping during the day. Try to get up at your normal time and stick to your routine as much as possible. Not having a routine can affect your eating. You may stop cooking regular meals, eat snacks throughout the day instead or miss breakfast because you’re still in bed. Find out more about healthy eating and depression.
If you start to feel like you can’t cope, life is becoming very difficult or your life isn’t worth living, get help straight away. These are signs that you need to talk to someone. Either see your GP or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
Various treatments are available for depression, including talking therapies, antidepressant medication and self-help. Find out more about treating depression. If you’ve had depression or anxiety in the past, even if they weren’t formally diagnosed, get help immediately. You’re more likely to have an episode of depression if you’ve had one before.
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