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Depression Management through Self Help

Posted Oct 01 2009 10:07pm

Depression is a mental condition that affects millions of Americans each year. Symptoms of depression can vary depending on which type of disorder you have. Two types of depression are Manic Depression, which is also known as Bi-Polar Disorder, and Post Partum Depression. When seeking depression help, several self-help techniques should be considered between visits to your psychologist.

Post Partum Depression is a condition that affects new parents after the birth of a child. It usually begins within the first month of having a child. This condition can be very serious if left untreated.

If you have high energy, optimism, and active behavior after your depressive episodes, you may be suffering from manic depression. This form of depression is also known as bipolar disorder. It consists of mood swings between mania and depression, or only severe manic episodes. Several symptoms of manic behavior include a decreased need for sleep, high energy levels, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

If you are interested in treating your depression through self-help, you should try to exercise more often and change your diet. Self-help is beneficial because it allows you to treat your depression symptoms naturally without relying solely on medications from your therapist.

Endorphins are released through exercise and this helps give your body a more energized feeling. They are created in your brain, spine, and other areas of your body. Several benefits to exercise are the following:

  • Stress reduction
  • Less anxiety and feelings of depression
  • An increase in self-esteem
  • Better sleep

Changes in your diet can affect the structure of your brain causing both chemical and physiological changes. These positive changes affect both your mood and mental outlook. A change in diet can also help you feel better about yourself while allowing you to live a much healthier life.

This post was contributed by Ashley Jennings, who writes about depression help.

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