How To Help Yourself If You Are Depressed

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Depressive disorders make one feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and typically do not accurately reflect the actual circumstances. Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect. In the meantime:

  • Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.

  • Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.

  • Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive.


  • Participate in activities that may make you feel better.

  • Mild exercise, going to a movie, a ballgame, or participating in religious, social, or other activities may help.

  • Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.

  • It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition