Depression affects millions of people. There is no single cause that has been identified. It seems to be interactions between genetic, environmental, biochemical and psychosocial factors that play a role. Those of us with lupus or other chronic illnesses may suffer from depression due to a number of reasons.
I personally take medication that causes depression. I also get down about how lupus has negatively affected my life. I had to realize that I was depressed and try to "snap out of it!" We must remember that depression is NOT a personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. It is a real illness, but it can be successfully treated.
Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, and other natural remedies. If you know or think you are depressed you can try these tips for a natural approach to promote healthy living. Maintain proper sleep hygiene as advised by your health care professional, Eat a well-balanced diet, Manage anxiety as advised by your health care professional, Participate in a structured and supervised exercise program as advised by your health care professional, Set realistic goals for yourself, Create small and manageable tasks & Let others you can trust such as family and friends help you.
Here are some other ways to get rid of your depression on your own.
- Do not make important decisions while depressed.
- Try to avoid stress.
- Take care of your body.
- Eat regularly and with pleasure.
- Avoid negative thoughts.
- Communicate with friends and family, even overcoming yourself.
- Report any changes in your health to your psychotherapist.
- Do not take drugs or alcohol.
- Do not abuse hypnotic drugs.