10 Tips On What To Do If You Feel Depressed

Depression is a serious mental illness that affects thousands of people every single day. There is a difference between sometimes feeling sad, and actually being depressed. Some side effects of depression include trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, losing or gaining weight, feeling alone, loss of energy, more anger, and loss of interest in things you previously liked. It can be incredibly difficult to deal with depression, but it’s not impossible to make things better.

I had a personal struggle with depression when I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. I had just switched to a new school district where I didn’t really know anyone. I missed my old friends, and my new friends were okay but they just weren’t the same. I felt very out of place all the time. I had to deal with kids in my school calling me a “rich snob” (couldn’t have been further from the truth) because they didn’t know me or understand anything about me. My best friend betrayed me by secretly dating my ex-boyfriend who I still liked behind my back when I was on vacation. My parents were very strict, and were very hard on me about everything from friends to school to going on the Internet. School stressed me out, I didn’t know how to deal with growing up, and I felt like I had no one.

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I constantly felt miserable. I was lonely, I felt like nothing I did was good enough for anyone, and I was confused about my purpose. I had trouble sleeping and concentrating on things. I never felt like doing anything, and it was really hard to have a good day.

Eventually, things got better. I started to get closer with my new friends, and I started dating someone who made me happy. My parents lightened up on me a bit. I saw a therapist for a little while. I focused on becoming happier, and I worked through this mild case of depression. I’m lucky that I was able to do this because many people have severe depression and it’s not as easy for them. Today, I am much more happy. Of course I have my days where I feel very sad for almost no reason, and I deal with a lot of anxiety, but I haven’t felt that depressed in a very long time. To keep my anxiety and occasional overwhelming feelings of sadness under control, I still see a therapist and I don’t know where I would be without her.

If you feel like you might be depressed and you don’t know how to handle it, don’t worry – you’re not alone, and you don’t have to be. You need to try to attack depression and work on dealing with it rather than ignoring or accepting it. Here are 10 tips on what to do if you feel depressed:

Have you ever felt depressed? What do you do to get rid of depression? What tips did I forget? Tell me in the comments.

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