Chronic depression: how to get rid of it?
15 best tips that will help you to forget about chronic depression forever! Keep them in mind.
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Nobody’s perfect, we all make mistakes.
We are alive beings, and we have a whole bunch of different feelings that either lead us into despair, or make us sad; feelings that may cause insomnia, or even lead to such depressive thoughts, as “What do I live for?!”
These feelings are completely normal, if they take place occasionally.
However, if they accompany you during 365 days per year, you have to start worrying.
In case if depression, apathy and other mishaps bother you from day to day, you might be diagnosed with “chronic depression”, and you’ll have to start thinking about its trea nt.
What is chronic depression?
Dysthymia, or in other words, chronic depression, is a light form of depression itself.
Dysthymia presupposes the appearance of symptoms, which are peculiar to depression, but they can last up to two or more years.
People who are diagnosed with dysthymia usually normally exist within the society; however, they always look miserable.
Chronic depression: scientific data
Do you know anybody who always makes a wry face and can spoil your day only by their miserable look?
I’m sure that you know what I’m talking about. Statistics says that in Ukraine more than 2 million people suffer from chronic depression. Taking this into account, it’s hard to imagine what happens in other countries of the world.
Doesn’t it look like an epidemic to you?
Scientists state that chronic depression is not caused by human unwillingness to pull oneself together; it’s a strong disease, connected with chemical alterations in human brain.
Serotonin works as our assistant in the attempts to come to terms with our emotions. Its lack leads to the appearance of chronic depression. Scientists define this state as dysthymia.
Doctors think that apart from chemical alterations in cerebral hemispheres, chronic depression may be provoked by the problems of personal and professional nature, medical treatment, weather conditions and other significant factors in our lives.
Chronic depression symptoms
Dysthymia can be easily diagnosed, because it has the whole number of vividly expressed symptoms. They are:
- You always feel sad, even if there are no apparent reasons for this;
- You often hear a phrase: “Is everything OK? You look disappointed”;
- You manage to count up to millions of flocks of sheep before you finally fall asleep;
- You either wake up before sunrise, or cannot get out of bed at all;
- Even writing the grocery list makes you tired, while thinking about going shopping drives you crazy and seems unbearably difficult;
- You accuse yourself of every disaster in the world, including the Ebola virus;
- Everything what you have enjoyed before – communication with your family, friends and even pets; your job, Saturday knitting classes etc. – now seems unnecessary and uninteresting;
- You are convinced that nobody needs you, nobody loves you, and you don’t have a reason to live at all;
- You have difficulties in recollecting telephone numbers or multiplication table;
- You think that you’ve never made your own decision about anything, because now you are not able to do it;
- Your relatives either hide all food from you, being afraid of your gluttony, or make useless attempts to increase your appetite;
- You’ve noticed the appearance of strange symptoms: sudden headache, soreness in your muscles, even your tail has fallen off (just kidding);
- You’ve been torturing yourself with a question: “Is there after life?”;
- Yesterday you became surpassed by a snail 🙂 .
If you have at least three of these symptoms, you either caught chronic depression from one of 2 million Ukrainians, who already have it, or misinterpreted your condition and simply followed the tendency of falling into with depression instead of pulling oneself together.
I’ve got chronic depression!
My mother has a colleague, named Svetlana Nikolayevna.
Whenever I visit my mom at work, I always wonder how a person can live with such a wry face, always be disappointed with everything, be slow and miserable. Besides, their older colleagues say that she’s been behaving so during all these 20 years, which she’s been working with them.
At first her colleagues tried to help her, thinking that she has gone through a horrible tragedy, but after some time they realized that nothing can change her attitude towards life.
Once Svetlana Nikolayevna had an argument with one of her colleagues.
In the middle of their conflict her colleague accused Svetlana Nikolayevna of being so miserable and apathetic that even milk can turn sour because of her look. She also said that Svetlana Nikolayevna’s attitude leads to numerous mistakes, which can have a negative effect on other people.
In her defense Svetlana Nikolayevna said: “I suffer from chronic depression, you must have pity on me!”
Her colleague reacted brilliantly: “If you are sick, go to the doctor, but don’t spoil everybody else’s mood!”
You can’t disagree with me that some people really live with a miserable look on their face and do nothing about that, as if they are enjoying this state of dysthymia.
15 tips how to get rid of chronic depression
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
Doctors have their own methods of treatment of dysthymia – antidepressants. If they consider the person’s condition to be really bad, they may direct a person to a hospital.
To my mind, people may overcome this disease without taking medicine.
If you agree with my opinion and want to cope with dysthymia, you have to do the following:
- Learn to rejoice small but pleasant things around you;
- Believe that life is awesome;
- Find the source of your irritation and get rid of it;
- Stop plunging yourself into negative emotions and events that may take place in your life;
- Never stop moving forward;
- Make your life interesting;
- Find yourself a hobby;
- Be useful and help other people;
- Don’t take problems that happen to you as something inevitable, try to solve them;
- Find a job which you will really enjoy;
- Listen to your heart and don’t depend on somebody else’s opinion;
- Stop whining, moaning and complaining;
- Forget such phrases, as “Look at him/her, he/she is travelling so often, and I’m not” or “Natasha’s husband is perfect, and mine is not”;
- Stop communicating with poor creatures that are constantly complaining about their problems;
- Stop saying “I’ll join the fitness classes on Monday” or “I’ll read this book during my vacation”! Start acting RIGHT NOW!
It is our fault that we let chronic depression enter our lives! What we do, is not only letting it take place, we don’t even try to get rid of it, welcoming it as a long-expected guest!
Obviously, you may start taking medicine and feel sorry for yourself, but isn’t it better to tell yourself: “Stop! No more apathy and melancholy!”?
Strong and active people who practise positive thinking are the least likely to suffer from dysthymia.
This disease is running away as soon as it sees such people, so why don’t you become one of them?
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