Anxiety will always look to prevent you from seeing another side of the story.
This kind of negativity bias gets strengthened when we run from or distract from it’s irrational beliefs, and when we don’t full heartedly enter into uncertain experiences.
As anxiety looks to pull your attention away from anything new you want to implement into your life it’s vital that you gently and faithfully turn the other way, and keep going.
Vulnerability is your friend on the path towards anxiety recovery.
At least, we want to make it our friend rather than look to deny it from our lives.
As you become more than anxiety the challenges will seemingly pile up, as they become easier to move through you can begin looking back to see how far you’ve come on this journey.
Enjoy the ride.
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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is a serious disorder that affects your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can cause significant problems in your life, including work, school, social activities and relationships. If left untreated, depression can be a chronic condition that will require medical treatment and psychotherapy.
Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. Some of the common signs and symptoms include feeling hopeless, sad, irritable or depressed. They may also include sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, weight loss or overeating, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, and loss of interest in daily activities.
Your doctor will likely conduct a physical exam and order lab tests to rule out a health problem that might be causing your depression. They might also ask you to complete a psychiatric evaluation. This will help the doctor find out if you meet the criteria for depression as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
Treatment: It takes time to get better from depression. You will need to be committed to your recovery and do your part by following your doctor’s instructions.
Antidepressants and other medications are the most effective treatments for most people with depression. They may be used alone or in combination with psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or talk therapy.
Medication can be given orally, as a patch or in other ways. They are usually taken every day for four to nine months, although they can be taken for longer periods if needed to prevent relapses.
There are many different kinds of antidepressants, and your doctor will probably try several before finding one that works for you. Some are taken for short periods and others for longer periods, but all are effective in treating depression.
Natural alternatives to medications for depression are a good option, but not one that should replace conventional medicine. You should talk to your doctor about any alternative treatments you plan to use and make sure they are safe for you and won’t interfere with your medication or cause other side effects.
Counseling and psychotherapy can be very helpful for people with depression, but it’s important to find a qualified and experienced therapist. You can find one through word of mouth, your doctor, or national mental health organizations.
If you are having trouble finding a good therapist, ask friends and family for referrals. You can also check with your local senior center, community health center or religious organization for a list of qualified providers.
A therapist can teach you skills and techniques that can help you handle the challenges and mindset that depression brings. They can also give you insight into your own behavior and how to make changes that will help you feel better and prevent depression from coming back.
Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes that can help you deal with depression. These might include changing your diet, getting more exercise or taking steps to improve your sleep habits.
You may also consider other forms of treatment, such as meditation or acupuncture. These methods are not proven to be as effective as prescription drugs, but they can provide a number of benefits, including stress relief and pain control.