We all have a case of the blues periodically but it is important to seek professional help if depression persists, is recurring or if suicidal feelings surface. Below is some reading material for those who are researching this subject or could use some help and support. This article emphasises what to do about depression and suicidal feelings as opposed to the reasons that cause these. Please remember that if you are feeling depressed and having suicidal thoughts, the best thing to do is get in touch with a suicide prevention outreach program as well as get counseling assistance and support.
If anyone starts feeling suicidal and it is endangering one's life, call 911 in the United States, and be hospitalized if necessary. It is better than taking one's life over something that could pass. For some it never goes away entirely, or it comes and goes. Depression hurts like a deep ache day after day, affecting quality of life and function, but there is help and the Cognitive/Behavioral Modality is the best as it facilitates a change in our way of thinking about ourselves and others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy uses both behavioral and cognitive applications, such as changing one's relationship to maladaptive thinking and the awareness of mindfulness. It's efficacy in treating clinical depression and other forms of mental illness is very promising. The Biopsychosocial Model proposes that the source of depression is a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. Although the Nature/Nurture argument continues in debate, clearly genetics and the environment are both factors in mental illness. One of these can overpower the other, but never is one entirely exclusive of the other. Additionally, it is fascinating that the evolutionary theory of depression states that this condition is due to humans adapting from the 'hunting and gathering' period of our ancestry. In other words, theoretically, depression is an adjustment by which some of us turn our aggression inwardly. The key here would be to find healthy and constructive forms of allowing this inner aggression to channel itself, such as sports or something creative.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy is also a treatment modality that has a proven track-
Although there are many different approaches and techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and since everyone is different, one has to find what works best on an individual basis. Ideally, it is both Interpersonal Therapy and a Support Group using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is most helpful to overcoming depression. One can also choose a specific support group, such as for depression, fibromyalgia and so forth. There are many good support groups online, but it is good to go to a group in person as isolation is often a part of the contributing factors to depression.
Pharmaceuticals in conjunction with therapy and a support group is sometimes necessary but hopefully not for the long-
As an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, I believe that the holistic approach to a healthy life-
Socializing with supportive people is also conducive to a more positive and healthy outlook on life. This is often accomplished through the safe structure of a support group and getting together with family or friends whom one feels comfortable. The important thing is that action be taken to get out more, but in steps that are not overwhelming. There are also clubs, social groups and many other possibilities available. One only need Google what one's interests are to discover an array of these, many of them free.
There are many reliable resources online and otherwise for help with depression and suicidal feelings. Please contact these for more information and referrals. One may also reach them through the websites and write or call them. Phone numbers and addresses are on the website, as well as email contact information. One website is below: