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Dealing with depression

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Depression is considered an illness so it is important that the person visits and speaks to their GP when dealing with depression. A GP can set out treatment plans including therapies, anti-depressants and self-help groups. Being able to recognise and deal with depression is an important step to maintaining a healthy mind. A person who experiences depression can try to help themselves and deal with depression by trying the following strategies:


Talking to someone

Talking to someone, like a friend, family member or someone professional can help alleviate the worries and fears that a person is feeling. Visiting the GP and discussing symptoms with the GP is very important for getting the person the correct treatment for their depression.

Listening to music

When the person is feeling depressed, they could listen to music. This could calm the person or it could help to distract them from how they are feeling at that time.


Exercising - going for a walk/run/gym

If a person is struggling with depression, they could do some exercise. This would release endorphins that would help the person feel better and happier as the endorphins are released into the body.


Keeping a Diary

Keeping a diary and recording when a person is struggling with depression, this can help to understand the way that they feel.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and other therapies can help a person relax, sleep better and reduce the symptoms of depression.


Joining a support group

Being a member of a support group can bring comfort to a person to know that they are not alone. At a support group they get the opportunity to share with others, who are facing similar challenges, and discuss coping strategies.


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