Life is full of changes. Everyday events
and our reactions to them sometimes interfere with our sense of well-being and
peace of mind. While it is common to get the "blues" or to feel sad
occasionally, you may be able to prevent feelings of depression.
Have a regular checkup with your health
professional. Your health professional may evaluate your
thyroid function and other factors. Many other
diseases, such as
coronary artery disease and
diabetes, can increase your risk of feeling
Maintain regular sleep and eating patterns. Do not skip
Try to get some exercise every day. Walking is a good way to
Get involved in social groups or volunteer to help others.
Being alone makes things seem worse than they are.
Do not use
alcohol or illegal drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines, or heroin, to
"self-treat" your symptoms. A treatment plan that includes prescription
medicine and regular visits to a health professional is much safer and more
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking
increases your risk of developing coronary artery disease. The use of smokeless
(spit) tobacco increases your risk for developing cancer of the mouth, neck,
throat, and digestive tract. Your risk of developing depression increases if
you have coronary artery disease or cancer.