One of the most severe and even debilitating effects of post-traumatic disorder or PTSD is depression. A lot of people with PTSD actually go through this.
Depression is that feeling of sadness or despondency that affects a person for a period of time and impacts that person’s mindset – meaning in terms of how he or she feels, thinks or even behaves. I can talk about this from experience and with authority because when I was suffering from PTSD, I also had a long bout with depression.
At that time, I was with the lead geeks, working on generating leads for real estate clients. I could not focus on my job because I was too despondent and my mind was whirring with my anxiety. I did not know what to feel and what to think. I could not work. And so I stopped going to the office, took a leave and stayed at home. I even closed myself off from family and friends. Then I realized that it actually worsened my depression and made it all the more difficult for me to bounce back.
So for those of you suffering from the same issues, here are my top tips to help you snap out of it. But remember that depression is a difficult matter and carries with it a lot of complex issues. So it is definitely a hard journey to go through.
Tip #1: Take in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
A psychiatry study notes that taking in Omega 3 and fish oil can actually help alleviate the symptoms of depression. The study noted that it can actually result to a 50 percent decrease in suicidal tendencies, anxiety and sleep issues. Plus, Omega 3 can even improve your health as it strengthens the heart and helps lower your cholesterol.
Tip #2 See a Counselor
Depression is not something that you can combat alone. You need to see a therapist or a counselor who can help you monitor your mental health and assist in pinpointing the causes of your problems and its triggers. A counselor is trained to guide you in recovering from depression and can actually provide a personalized plan that is specific for you.
Tip #3 Surround yourself with family and friends
Closing yourself off will not help you snap out of your depression. You need to go out and surround yourself with family and friends who will provide you with emotional support and lightness of spirit to drive away the darkness of depression.
Tip #4 Sleep, sleep, sleep
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each day can actually help in improving your mental health. Sleep can refresh the brain and reinvigorate your organs. As such, it is very important to always aim for the right amount of sleep. Taking sleep medication recommended by your physician and relaxing yourself by getting a massage or through recreational activities can stimulate sleep.
By doing all of these, you are guaranteed to be at least one step away to improving your issues with depression. Try these tips now.