The Not-So-Great Depression
Exercise helped Brooke Stanford* from New York, who was diagnosed with depression last year. “There have been days when getting out of the house was the last thing I wanted to do,” she says. “Having a family member suggest we go for a walk or some other activity really helped.” Meditation, massage therapy and light therapy (wherein she spent an hour each day in direct sunlight) also helped Brooke in dealing with depression.
Consult your doctor before trying any natural treatments for depression.
Dealing With Depression: The Power of Positive Thinking
Luciani knows firsthand what it’s like to be depressed. Even as a child he experienced symptoms of depression, constantly worrying about his parents dying at a young age and fretting about his schoolwork. As an adult, he continued to lack self-esteem and constantly worried about what might go wrong in his life.
“I remember driving home from work one evening and thinking how there was absolutely no rational reason for me to be so miserable,” Luciani says. “I realized that I was tired of feeling bad and that I had the power to choose how I felt and to help myself feel better.”
Today, Luciani gets depression patients to feel good again by working to change reflexive, habitual, negative thinking. “I believe the answer to our doubts, fears and insecurities can be broken down into two words: control and habit,” he says. “I teach patients how to use self-talk strategies to turn their negative inner critics into positive feedback. You need to believe in yourself and in your abilities.”
Though it may feel like a long, uphill battle, remember that seeking professional help and trying different treatments are the best things you can do when it comes to dealing with depression. As long as you are your own healthcare advocate and are determined to find the right treatment, this first 30 days will be the start of reclaiming your life!
* name has been changed.