How to Beat Depression & Loneliness

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Depression and loneliness can make daily life seem unbearable.
Depression and loneliness can make daily life seem unbearable. (Image: sad image by 26kot from Fotolia.com)

More than 20 million people in the United States have depression, according to the medical reference website MedlinePlus. Symptoms of depression include sadness, loss of interest in activities, feelings of worthlessness, energy loss and difficulties eating and sleeping. If you or a loved one are experiencing depression and feelings of loneliness, recovery may seem impossible. However, with proper treatment and support, it is possible to overcome the condition.

Seek professional help as soon as possible to treat your depression. Speak with your general physician, friends and family if you need a recommendation or are nervous about seeking help.

Write down information you want to share with the doctor in advance of your first visit. This includes symptoms you have experienced, life changes you believe have contributed to your condition, medications you are taking and any questions you may have. After your appointment, stick to the treatment plan your doctor prescribes. Take all medications and attend your therapy sessions. Inform your doctor of any changes in your mood.

Reach out to your friends and loved ones for support. Talk about your feelings with others and ask for and accept help as you need it. Use other outlets to vent emotions when you do not feel comfortable speaking with others. This includes journal, poetry and song writing and drawing or painting.

Engage in an active lifestyle to combat depression and feelings of loneliness. Incorporate daily physical activity into your schedule, such as walking or jogging. Eat healthful, balanced meals that include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can ease depression. Engage in activities that are relaxing and manage your stress, such as meditation and yoga. Get as much sleep at night as possible and avoid alcohol and illegal drugs, as these can make your condition worse.

Make an effort to join more social activities to combat loneliness. Get together with friends and family regularly. Join a support group for people coping with depression. Join a social group that participates in an activity you enjoy or take a class to learn a new hobby or skill. Avoid isolating yourself.

Tips & Warnings

  • Immediately reach out to your doctor and loved ones if you feel suicidal or have the urge to commit self-harm.

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