If you're recovering from depression, it's crucial to take time to relax. Anxiety can make you feel worse and then you'll be more vulnerable to depression.
But vegging out in front of the TV doesn't count as relaxation. You need to try more focused methods. Here are some suggestions that have been shown to help.
On your own, you could:
Listen to soothing music
Go for a walk
Take a long, hot bath -- try turning your bathroom into a home spa
Or with some instruction...
If you have been diagnosed with depression, call your doctor
You find it hard or it's getting harder to deal
with your job, family, and friends.
You think your treatment is not
helping or you are not getting better.
Your symptoms get worse or
you get new symptoms.
You have any problems with your
antidepressant medicines, such as side effects, or you are thinking about
stopping your medicine.
You are havingmanic behavior, such as having very high energy,
needing less sleep than normal, or showing risky behavior such as spending
money you don't have or abusing others verbally or physically.
If you have not been diagnosed with depression, but you think you may be depressed, use theFeeling Depressedtopic to check your symptoms.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see
approach. If you get better on your own, you may not need treatment. If you get
worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next. Watchful waiting may be
right for you if you have feelings ofgriefor sadness because you have lost a loved one or
have had a stressful life event.
If symptoms do not improve
after 2 weeks, or if you think about suicide, talk with your doctor as soon as
It also may help to discuss your symptoms with a close
and trusted friend or family member. Sometimes another person can see changes
in your mood or behavior sooner than you can.
Who to see
There any many types of professionals
who treat depression and many types of treatments. A good place to start is
with your family doctor. If treatment by your doctor does not help you, the
next step is to see a mental health professional.
see, it is important that this person has experience treating people with
depression and is trained in proven therapies. It is also important that you
establish a good long-term relationship. If you don't feel comfortable with one
doctor or therapist, try another one.
Health professionals who can
diagnose depression and prescribe medicine include: