How to cope with depression
There are 300 million people in the Philippines living with depression according to the recent World Health Organization-Philippines statistics. Despite the number, discussing depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health issues are often done in hushed tones—as if it’s shameful to have such disorders.
Though there are many who are already undergoing treatment for these ailments, many remain in the dark, fearful of the possibility that they will be shunned or ostracized for their condition. In this case, it is more important to let them know they can openly approach experts for treatment and management of their condition. With the advice of a psychotherapist they can have a better handle of their situation and reduce the risk of self-harm.
Some studies suggest that staying in touch with friends and family and having an active lifestyle help lift their mood and take their mind off the constant struggle they deal with.
It may also help them to look at possible stressors and what steps they can take to stray away from it, as suggested by Erik Nelson, MD, a psychiatrist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
Experts also recommend sticking to a schedule which may help fuel productivity and a positive outlook as this helps avoid the feeling of being unaccomplished. Sleeping can also greatly affect one’s mood. It has been studied that getting a lot of rest can help, but sleep should still be on a regular schedule—not too much and not too little.
Various medications in prescribed doses are also highly suggested. Antidepressants may be beneficial to those who struggle with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, acute manic or mixed episodes with Bipolar Disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
According to Dr. Marge Gealoni, PHILUSA Corporation’s company physician, it is suggested that preventive drugs should be considered as maintenance therapy.
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