Overcoming Depression


The Simplest Ways for Overcoming Depression

Everyone can appreciate a moment of triumph. It is the moment of vindication that comes after a long and difficult struggle despite hardship and strife. Now imagine having something to overcome everyday; the kind of something that keeps you feeling sorry for yourself, anguishing at your lot in life at the same time not motivated enough to do something about it, always dwelling on missed opportunities with no interest or enthusiasm to join in social contact or activities. This is what a depressed person needs to overcome every day, and when they do - it can only be a moment of triumph by overcoming depression.

People become depressed from all sorts of reasons; personal problems, financial problems, health problems, relationship problems. There is no shortage of them. It is good that there are many methods of overcoming depression. Some people use neural inhibitor drugs. Others use therapy. Still others make themselves busy enough so they will not have to cope. People deal with their problems in whatever way suits them but it is rare for them to be propelled to do so since it is part and parcel of depression to be too tired to do anything.

Perhaps the simplest method for overcoming depression is to control one’s thoughts and feelings. It is a change in thinking that starts the process then followed by a change in habit that follows up by supporting the change in thinking thereby creating a circular positive reinforcement. It need not be a huge reinforcement but one that is recognized by the depressed person what they had accomplished and can do so over and over again.

There are a number of medicines that are widely used that can cause depression. Many of these include tranquilizers, sleeping pills, high blood pressure medicines, hormonal contraceptives, anti-inflammatory or anti-infection drugs and ulcer medicines. Changing one’s prescription medicine may be all that is needed in overcoming depression.

On the flipside there are medicines that control depression and psychiatrists use trial and error to find a drug that will help a depressed person. These doctors have three tests they can use to pinpoint which drugs will be most likely effective.

(1)The dexamethasone suppression test – here a dose of dexamethasone is given followed by a measurement of the cortisol levels by testing the blood and urine over a 2 to 3 day period.
(2)The thyrotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test – here the hormone is administered intravenously then TSH: thyroid stimulating hormone levels are tested.
(3)The MHPG urine test – here the 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl glycol excretion and cortisol levels are tested in the urine.

These tests can be demeaning to the already beleaguered depressed victim but they are the quickest way to control the said melancholic state, therefore overcoming depression. Upon analysis of one or more of these tests, a psychiatrist can determine what prescription can be effective in improving the disorder.

Behaviorists maintain that depression can be conquered through three main kinds of interests and activities: pleasurable, constructive, and altruistic. Pleasurable activities result in enjoyment or relaxation. Constructive activities result in production or accomplishment therefore giving a sense of pride. Altruistic activities result in companionship, gratitude from other people, and also a sense of pride. Of these three, helping others is regarded as the best way to lift the spirits as it gives a healthy sense of perspective much needed in overcoming depression.