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When is it Time to Get Help for Your Depression?

When is it Time to Get Help for Your Depression?
By Alek S.

When is it Time to Get Help for Your Depression?

According to the World Health Organization, there are over 250 million people in the world who have the symptoms to be diagnosed with depression. This makes depression the number one leading cause of ill health on the entire planet, including the United States. One major factor behind this is the stigma that we have about mental health. Indeed, depression goes untreated far too often because of the fact that most people don’t think of depression as a real disease. However, depression is a real condition that can affect both your mental and physical health, and leads to death and injury every year for millions. Here are some of the ways that you can tell it is time to get help for your depression…

Depression is taking its toll on your body

As stated above, addiction isn’t just a mental health problem, it also has disastrous physical effects on your body. People who suffer from depression can frequently develop eating disorders, either by eating a lot of unhealthy food or by eating practically nothing at all. Both of these things contribute to poor nutritional health. On top of that, people who suffer from depression often can develop sleeping disorders, as well. Neglecting sleep and other poor sleeping habits can have disastrous physical effects on the body, as well. If any feelings of depression are causing your physical health to fall into disarray, then it is time to see professional help, immediately.

You find yourself self-medicating

Another very dangerous aspect of depression is how many people try to solve it on their own in the worst ways possible. Typically, this manifests itself in self-medicating, which is one of the poorest coping mechanisms that is available to a person suffering from depression. People frequently abuse mood-altering substances, painkillers, alcohol, and other medications in an attempt to help cure their depression. These rarely-to-never do the trick, and often have an adverse effect on physical and mental health, as well. If you find yourself self-medication to cure depression, or thinking about doing so, then it is time to get help.

Any thoughts of self-harm

Extreme cases of depression, or even moderate depression on a very bad day, can lead a person down a stream of thoughts that push them to consider self-harm, or even suicide. This is the worst picture of depression, but exists as a way to try to cope with the pain. Many people turn to self harm because the psychological effects of depression make people want to parallel that mental pain with a physical one, while other people want to take their own life as a way to avoid these feelings. If you are having any suicidal thoughts whatsoever, or think of self-harm, then it is definitely time to speak to a professional.

Depression affecting your ability to work

What makes depression notable from just feeling “sad” is the fact depression isn’t just a feeling, but a condition that seeps into every facet of your life and has a profound impact on events throughout every day. One way to see this is to see if depression is impacting your performance at your job, or your ability to get any work done, at all. If depression is impacting your job or your ability to make a living for yourself, then it is better to get help sooner, rather than later, so that you can develop the needed coping skills to combat depression.

Don’t let one good day deter you

One major reason that people neglect getting help for their depression is because one day comes where their depression isn’t affecting them. This is something that is also extremely common in people with BPD (bipolar disorder). Don’t let the one good day that you have out of seven deter you from the fact that depression is heavily impacting your life in the other six days. One good day doesn’t mean that the chemical imbalance isn’t going to affect you again.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself or need someone to talk to, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat them online.

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