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The 10 Basic Do’s And Don’ts Of Depression

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6. Be Realistic About Your Progress.

Improvements in mood are likely to be gradual rather than sudden, and you may even get worse before you start getting better. Once you are on the right track, there are going to be bad days as well as good days. Bad days that come after one or several good days may seem all the worse for it. Don’t blame yourself for the bad days, and don’t despair.

7. Avoid Making Or Acting Upon Important Decisions.

This would include leaving your job, getting divorced, or spending a large amount of money. While in the throes of depression, thinking errors are likely to impair your judgment.

8. Get As Much Sleep As You Can.

A single good night’s sleep, or even a nice nap, can make a world of difference to your mood. To sleep better and longer, follow some of the advice in this related article.

9. Make An Appointment With A Health Professional.

Enlist the advice and support of your family doctor or a psychiatrist. Maybe ask for counseling and take things from there. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy, or both. There’s always hope.

Related: How Depression and Addiction Can Be Correlated

10. Decide Whom To Call In An Emergency Should You Feel Overwhelmed By Negative Or Suicidal Thoughts.

This may be a relative or friend, your doctor, or a helpline. Think of a backup in case you can’t reach your primary support. Carry the appropriate telephone numbers on your person at all times, on your phone or in your wallet.

The 10 Basic Do's And Don’ts Of Depression
Adapted from the new second edition of Growing from Depression.
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Dr Neel Burton

Dr. Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford. He is the recipient of the Society of Authors Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association Young Authors' Award, and the Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award.View Author posts