Can Depression Be Cured?

Can Depression Be Cured?

As of now, despite the many advancements in modern medicine, there is no known cure for clinical depression. But don’t let that fact scare you—there are still plenty of ways to treat this mental health condition. People with depression can still live full, healthy lives with a combination of treatment techniques, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

While nothing can completely vanquish clinical depression, there are times when symptoms go into “hiding,” so to speak. You may think that if your symptoms disappear, you’re “cured.” Let’s look at some depression symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and why symptoms fluctuate over time.

How Is Depression Diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose depression with a physical examination and an intake that asks questions about the patient’s personal and family history. You will be asked about specific symptoms and how long you’ve had them. Symptoms may include:

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Significant changes in weight (gained or lost)
  • Insomnia, excessive tiredness, or loss of energy
  • Difficulties concentrating at work or school
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or self-harm

Clinical depression is diagnosed when at least five of these symptoms persist for two weeks or longer.

Is It Normal for Depression to Disappear and Reappear?

Some mental health professionals call an absence of depression symptoms a “remission.” That term implies that it can come back at some point in the future, which it does for many. If your depression symptoms appear to be fading, that’s excellent news. However, before you stop your treatment, you should be aware of some of the following reasons this could be happening:

Your Treatment Plan Is Working

If you have depression, the most likely reason you feel better is that your treatment, be it therapy, medication, or both, is working as it’s supposed to. If you stop your treatment, it’s likely for your symptoms to return. Just as a cancer patient completes chemotherapy even when scans show that the tumor has shrunk, it’s essential to follow through with depression treatment to keep your symptoms under control.

Your Depression May Not Be Clinical

Only your doctor can verify if this is the case. For some people, depression symptoms result from a specific life change, such as grief or loss, rather than a chemical imbalance in the brain. Some people feel better after a period of therapy and don’t experience depression symptoms again. Others need ongoing treatment, the same way one manages other lifelong conditions.

There is no shame in managing clinical depression for the majority of one’s life. If you wouldn’t feel guilty about managing diabetes, please don’t feel ashamed about having to manage depression.

What Are the Best Treatments for Depression?

Once diagnosed with clinical depression, your doctor may recommend one or both of the following:

Psychotherapy

There are many therapeutic techniques for improving mental health, but Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) remains the most popular. This type of therapy involves working one-on-one with a mental health professional to learn how to “reframe” negative thought patterns.

Prescription Medication

Medication tends to work best when paired with therapy, but it is quite effective at helping people manage depression triggers. The most common antidepressants include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which increase the brain’s supply of serotonin, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which address co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety.

Is It Ever Okay to Stop Taking Antidepressants?

There is no correct answer to this question, as it highly depends on the person and how bad their symptoms are. However, it is highly unadvisable to stop the medication abruptly without a discussion with your doctor first. Doing this could potentially worsen the symptoms that the drug was intended to treat.

If you’re considering stopping medication due to adverse side effects, it’s possible the prescription isn’t the right one for you. Different people respond to medicines differently, so it’s not uncommon to try a few different types before finding the right one.

How Else Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Depression?

The success of certain treatments depends highly on the person. Mental health professionals recommend a combination of lifestyle changes to help keep depression symptoms at bay, including:

Keeping in Touch With Your Community

Having an emotional support system is crucial for people with depression. These could be family members, friends, or a mentor you trust. These are the people who can encourage you when you’re feeling down and motivate you when you need a pick-me-up. We encourage you to turn to this network when depression symptoms creep in.

Taking Care of Your Health

You may be surprised at how simple lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, limiting alcohol, and exercising regularly, can help improve your mood. It’s also important to be aware that mixing certain antidepressants with alcohol is dangerous.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Depression is a known sleep disrupter. Not getting enough sleep can worsen the effects of symptoms already present. Experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults and consistent sleep schedules. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night.

Doing Things You Enjoy

Boost your mood and feel better about life by setting aside some time for an enjoyable activity like reading, watching a favorite show, walking your dog, or eating a favorite meal.

Unplugging as Needed

Social media and anxiety-inducing news headlines can take a toll on our emotional well-being, whether we have depression or not. Consider turning off your phone for a few hours at a time, or set aside a day you don’t sign on to social media.

Whether your depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, or a challenging life change, there’s no shame in reaching out for help. The licensed mental health professionals at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute of Oceanside, California, are here to help. We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach in therapy; we recognize that some patients benefit from medication, treatment, or both. Our therapeutic practice meets state requirements and involves a variety of techniques, depending on the patient’s unique needs. The feedback we have received from our patients speaks to the success of these techniques. You, too, can benefit from depression treatment, no matter how bad your symptoms may seem right now. For questions about our treatments, call us today at 760.433.4357. We also have a contact form on our website and helpful information regarding insurance coverage. 
 

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Can Technology Make Depression Worse?

Can Technology Make Depression Worse?

While humanity has always faced a lot of anxiety triggers, it’s a worthwhile argument that technology—particularly smartphones, tablets, video games, and social media—is making anxiety worse. However, this viewpoint doesn’t necessarily endorse the belief that technology is inherently evil, as technology is responsible for some significant developments in our world that make life easier and help people live longer.

We can consider technology like alcohol in a sense: is it inherently wrong? No. But can it be used in harmful, irresponsible ways? Absolutely.

Let’s take a closer look at why scientists and psychologists are concerned about how technology use can exacerbate symptoms in those with depression.

What Types of Technology Have a Negative Affect on Mental Health?

We certainly owe technology a great deal of gratitude for making the mundane tasks of life—laundry, dishes, traveling—far more manageable than they were for our ancestors. Technology has helped free up our time so we can, in theory, have more time for things that give us joy, such as spending time with family and friends. Despite these incredible advances, there are valid reasons to believe that society is collectively less happy than our ancestors. How is this possible?

Certain types of technology, such as video games and smartphones, may worsen depression over time. However, there are many factors at play, such as the amount of time spent on these devices and what they are used for. Generally speaking, long-term screen time isn’t good for our brains and can negatively affect our sleep cycles, which can exacerbate mental health conditions like depression.

Are Some Technological Devices, Like Smartphones, Bad for Mental Health?

Devices themselves are amoral—meaning neither moral nor immoral. As previously stated, it’s all in how we use them.

The smartphone can be credited for helping people stay in touch, with features like text messaging and FaceTime. During the pandemic, these features were especially helpful in keeping friends and family members in touch when face-to-face interaction wasn’t possible. At the same time, this constant connection can turn sour when we feel a certain “separation anxiety” if we have to go without our phones. The need to feel connected to people far away can make it more difficult to connect with people right in front of us. The rush of dopamine that can occur when we see the notification of a new text message can become a replacement for the positive feelings associated with in-person quality time.

The smartphone, in particular, produces “blue light” that can affect the brain. Intense screen time, especially before bedtime, can activate our brains so that we struggle to “wind down” for sleep. A complete REM cycle is necessary for everyone’s health, regardless of depression. But since one symptom of depression is a lack of energy, disrupted sleep can be catastrophic in our ability to feel positive and function the following day.

How Does Technological Addiction Affect Mental Health?

Technology and internet addiction are real phenomenons. It can happen to anyone, but it’s particularly problematic in adolescents whose brains are still developing. Young people are remarkably impressionable, which makes the impression of a “perfect” life on social media platforms like Instagram fuel unhealthy degrees of comparison with their peers. This false perspective can exacerbate feelings of anxiousness, depression, and social isolation. Worsened degrees of technology addiction can affect the ability to perform well academically and communicate well in person.

What Is the Link Between Social Media Use and Mental Health?

The connection between social media use and worsening mental illness, including depression, is quite strong. Young people may feel tempted to create an online persona separate from their “real life” to be popular. They may experience feelings of jealousy from viewing peers’ postings. It may not seem like a big deal to adults if a particular post doesn’t generate enough views or “likes.” But to younger people, these views and “likes” are essentially “popularity points.”

In addition to fueling insecurities that are already part and parcel of the adolescent experience, social media can stir up feelings of loneliness and isolation if a teen sees pictures of a social event posted by a friend that perhaps they weren’t invited to. In many ways, the same struggles that every teen has faced in the modern age haven’t changed; it’s just the medium of how these struggles present themselves that’s new. But unlike previous generations, in which social gaffes would eventually disappear in the shadows of time, social media has a way of making our worst moments last forever. Understandably, this will fuel symptoms of anxiety and depression in children, teens, and young adults.

Should People With Depression Stop Using Social Media?

Social media is not inherently good or bad; it’s all in how one uses it. Parents may want to instill boundaries around social media usage based on how their child is affected by it. They may also want to consider making their own accounts to “follow” their kids and make sure they are using these apps responsibly. Social media, video games, and other technologies can be used as incentives for finishing homework or chores or rewards for good grades. But parents may also want to remind their kids that these devices can and should be taken away if they see a connection between excessive use and poor academic performance or worsened depression symptoms.

There are many cautions involved with technology use, but that doesn't mean we have to stop using technology cold turkey. The key is having boundaries placed around it, especially right around bedtime. If nothing else, we highly recommend powering off the devices about an hour before bedtime to prepare your brain and body for restful sleep. If you struggle with putting down your device to focus on "real life" and are concerned you may have an addiction or worsening depression symptoms; we're here to help. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, California, has compassionate, licensed, professional staff who can offer a safe, judgment-free space to help you develop practical skills to change your habits and live a healthier life. A combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes can do wonders in managing depression symptoms. To learn more about our mental health services, call us today at (760) 477-4754


What Are the Differences Between Anxiety and Depression?

What Are the Differences Between Anxiety and Depression?

Many people struggle with depression, anxiety, or both. These two disorders are some of the most common and often co-occur. Anxiety and depression can fuel each other in an unhealthy cycle if left untreated, which is likely why many people have trouble distinguishing these conditions. The symptoms of both are similar and, at times, overlap. However, depending on the person, they may not be treated in the same way.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways depression and anxiety overlap, how they differ, and how they can be treated.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

It’s easier to tell depression and anxiety apart when you understand the specific symptoms of these disorders. The most common depression symptoms are:

  • Pervasive sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or other activities you enjoy
  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • Sleep issues such as insomnia or constantly feeling tired
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating on school or work tasks
  • Thoughts of self-harm

A diagnosis of clinical depression occurs when a patient experiences a combination of these symptoms for at least two weeks or longer.

What Are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?

The most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder are:

  • Excessive worry or fear about things that may not happen
  • Restlessness or difficulty relaxing, falling asleep
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating on work or school-related tasks
  • Panic attacks
  • Muscle tension, particularly in the jaw or shoulders

Anxiety disorder is diagnosed after experiencing a combination of these symptoms for at least six months or longer. When anxiety disrupts an individual’s ability to function normally in daily life, it may be a sign that they are struggling with an anxiety disorder.

What Are the Differences Between Depression and Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized as general fear or apprehension about what could happen in the future. Sometimes that fear has a direct cause, such as the fear of having a car accident after recently experiencing one. But generalized anxiety disorder doesn’t always require a “reason” for the anxiety beyond genetics or neurological issues.

Depression is characterized as pervasive sadness or hopelessness that does not have to be linked to a specific cause. It, too, is caused by complex genetic and neurological factors. Both can be treated with medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these.

The overlap comes into play when anxiety attacks fuel depressive thoughts or feelings of hopelessness. Anxiety can worsen when a depressed mind agonizes about the future. In both circumstances, a tired, “drained” feeling is familiar.

Still, there are notable differences between the two conditions. For example, a clinically depressed patient may move slower due to dulled reactions and emotions. Because anxiety disorder fuels panic, someone with an anxiety disorder may experience bursts of energy if they feel emotionally “worked up” by racing thoughts.

While pervasive fear can be present in both depression and anxiety patients, those with just depression may not worry about the future because they believe that things will continue as they are. In other words, they do not think change is possible. By contrast, the person with anxiety may imagine several different possible scenarios, which fuels the feeling of panic. The future is not determined by bleak feelings of hopelessness but rather by how they feel in a given moment.

What Does Depression Treatment Look Like?

No matter how hopeless a depressed person may feel, their condition is treatable. Sometimes the most challenging part is mustering the energy to make the phone call to a doctor and show up for the appointment. While the treatment may take a few tries to get right, we can confidently assure you that reaching out for help is worth it. After an initial intake of your medical history, we may recommend a combination of medication and therapies.

For those who may not respond well to medication, lifestyle changes such as getting outside or exercising regularly can also help relieve depression symptoms. Mental health experts say that a combination of therapy and lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, can be just as effective as antidepressants alone. Exercise provides endorphins, and therapy helps identify depressive causes and triggers.

A therapist will also help you develop skills to combat depression symptoms. Many people with depression find it highly beneficial to simply have a licensed professional validate feelings and offer encouragement when achieving small goals in your healing journey.

What Does Anxiety Treatment Look Like?

A combination of counseling and medication has been shown to help most patients with anxiety disorders. However, not everyone responds positively to medicines, so your doctor may tweak the dosage a few times to get it right or recommend a few different types before you find the right one.

There is no “one size fits all” approach to treating anxiety disorder. Many people find it helpful to discuss their fears and anxious thoughts in the safety and privacy of a therapist’s office, while others find it beneficial to make lifestyle changes. Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine is one such example. No matter what treatment plan works best for you, most people who reach out for help with anxiety report positive changes and are overall healthier and happier.

At Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, California, we understand that whether you have anxiety, depression, or both, reaching out for help can be the most challenging part of healing. Our licensed, compassionate therapists are well equipped to work with you to find solutions that work for your circumstances and lifestyle. With therapy or medication, or both, we can help you combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Having the right coping skills is one of the most critical tools in a depressed or anxious person’s arsenal. We have helped hundreds of patients with anxiety disorder and clinical depression manage their symptoms in healthy ways to experience happiness and thrive. To learn more about our services, you can call us today at 760.433.4357. Because we recognize that phone calls are intimidating for some, we also offer a contact feature on our website to book your appointment.

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How Can I Be Supportive of My Partner With Depression?

How Can I Be Supportive of My Partner With Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting adults in America today. The chances are high that someone you know and love is struggling with this disorder. If you’re living with someone who has depression, particularly a romantic partner, you may feel at a loss for what you can do to help. The pressure to say all the right things to make it all “better” can be overwhelming.

Still, depression can’t be cured with uplifting words. However, the good news is that there is a lot you can do to help your partner in this struggle. The key is communication, empathy, and understanding. We’ll outline some specifics to help your partner and your relationship thrive.

What Is Depression?

Depression can occur after a major life event, but it doesn’t always. Because it’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, there may not necessarily be a “reason” for it. As a clinical disorder, depression involves a minimum of two straight weeks of feeling deep sadness or hopelessness. It can also include a loss of interest in activities that used to bring joy. Someone with depression can experience good days and bad. Partners need to understand that depression has an inevitable “ebb and flow.”

Additional signs of depression could include

  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Increased anxiety or anger
  • Pervasive feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Your partner may experience some or all of these symptoms, and all are typical. Depression symptoms can also change with time.

How Can I Be There for My Partner?

Thankfully, there are many ways that you can support your partner that has depression. You may want to start by suggesting treatment. This suggestion may include seeing a therapist, considering taking medication, making lifestyle changes, or a combination of these. It’s crucial to find a treatment plan that works, but the most critical part of treatment, first and foremost, is showing up. Commend your partner for recognizing that they need help—often, this is the hardest step.

Additionally, you may want to consider the following statements to show your support:

  • “Tell me how I can help.”
  • “I’m always here for you.”
  • “We’ll make it through this together.”
  • “You and our relationship are extremely important to me.”

Often, words are not needed. Your partner may prefer sitting together in silence, watching a favorite movie, going on a walk, or enjoying a favorite meal.

How Can I Encourage Treatment?

While depression treatment is very effective, some people are unfortunately affected by its stigma. They may feel that seeing a therapist or taking medication is a sign of weakness or indicative of their lack of strength. Both are entirely untrue.

You can encourage your partner to seek treatment by gently and compassionately mentioning the changes in behavior you’ve noticed and expressing concern for their mental well-being. Offer to make the appointments or even accompany them during appointments, if they want. Make it clear that you are in it together no matter what the treatment may entail. Depression is not just their issue alone.

How Can I Create a Supportive Home Environment?

Lifestyle changes, especially home life, are critical for treating depression symptoms. You can create an environment of support by making it easier for your depressed partner to make choices. Consider the following:

  • Focus on healthy eating by encouraging your partner to help with cooking.
  • Exercise together daily as a couple’s activity, such as a bike ride or walks through the neighborhood.
  • Create a routine to help your partner feel in control, such as regular meals and sleep times.
  • Make time for enjoyable activities together to combat social withdrawal, such as a date night. Rent a movie to watch at home or go out to a favorite restaurant.
  • Give positive reinforcement when improvement is shown or goals are accomplished. Avoid non-constructive criticism as much as possible.

How Can I Encourage Small Goals?

Depression has a way of making everything feel overwhelming or impossible. Your partner may believe that it’s impossible to get better or that there’s no point in trying. Even simple tasks, such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, or practicing basic hygiene, can take a lot of energy.

One way to be supportive is to encourage small goals. Break down larger tasks into smaller ones. Too exhausted to clean the whole house? Start with just a single room or one job in one room, such as making the bed. Additional goals could include getting out of pajamas and putting on a favorite shirt, taking a shower, eating a healthy meal, engaging in ten minutes of exercise, or getting outside for a few minutes a day. Accomplishing these goals should improve with both time and treatment.

What Are Some Warning Signs to Watch Out For?

Unfortunately, when someone has depression, it’s essential to know the signs of suicide. The risk for self-harm goes up when someone has clinical depression. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Withdrawing from social activities
  • Talking about suicide or lack of hope in the future
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Giving belongings away
  • Rapid personality changes
  • Engaging in self-destructive or otherwise risky behaviors
  • Obvious changes in daily routine

Keep in mind that displaying one or a few of these behaviors doesn’t mean your partner is planning to commit suicide. This point is where ongoing communication is vital. Keep the dialogue open and check in regularly. Be sure to rely on your support network of family or close friends if you feel overwhelmed.

Having a partner with depression can feel overwhelming at times. You want to say and do the right things to help them feel better and may feel bad when you can't. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute understands this struggle and offers support for those with depression and the people who love them. Our compassionate, knowledgeable, and licensed staff are trained in the latest innovative therapies to help people manage clinical depression symptoms. We may also recommend medication or lifestyle changes for healthier habits and happier moods. It's not uncommon for us to receive calls from people on behalf of their partners. If your partner does make this important call themselves, be sure to commend them for making that step. To learn more, call us today at 760.433.4357. Asking for help can be scary and difficult. You can also reach out to us online through our website. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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How Can You Manage Symptoms of Depression Over the Course of a Lifetime?

How Can You Manage Symptoms of Depression Over the Course of a Lifetime?

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects an estimated seven percent of Americans. The causes of depression can vary from person to person. For some, depression is a response to a significant life change, such as job loss, grief from losing a loved one, or a significant medical diagnosis.

Depression can also be a co-occurring symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma. For others, there is no specific “reason” but a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects serotonin levels. The reason for this chemical imbalance could be due to genetics. While there is no cure for depression, there are a variety of ways it can be managed.

Recognizing Depression Symptoms

Depression can affect people in different ways, but the some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you normally enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Chronic fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Recurring thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Depression Treatment Options: Therapy and Medication

Therapy can involve talking to a licensed professional about your feelings or problems and working together to develop skills for inventing solutions. Depression therapy can take many different forms, involving a range of techniques. It’s essential to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the symptoms you’ve been having. Based on the severity of those symptoms, your doctor may recommend one or multiple forms of therapy.

Psychotherapy for Depression Management

Psychotherapy for depression is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Your depression symptoms may benefit from any of the following techniques or a combination of the following techniques:

  • Behavioral activation therapy: This form of therapy encourages seeking out experiences or activities that you enjoy to provide happiness and personal fulfillment.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps you identify and redirect negative thought patterns in response to depressive “triggers” or other difficult circumstances.
  • Interpersonal therapy: This type of therapy focuses on identifying problems in your personal relationships, such as family or romantic partnerships, and how they influence your depressive thoughts or feelings.
  • Problem-solving therapy: A form of CBT, this therapy focuses on specific skills needed to solve immediate problems that directly impact your depression.

Antidepressants for Depression Management

It’s common for many people to benefit from a combination of therapy sessions and antidepressants, which change your brain chemistry to help improve your moods. There are many different types of antidepressants, including:

  • SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors): These medications help boost your supply of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your moods, sleep, and appetite.
  • SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors): These medications help ease depression symptoms by targeting neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, that “talk” to your brain cells. Altering your brain chemistry and boosting nerve cell communication help boost your mood.

Many people benefit from including antidepressants in their daily routine. However, different prescriptions affect people differently. An antidepressant that works well for one person may have too many adverse side effects for another. You may need to try a few before finding the right one under your doctor’s guidance. Sometimes, the full effects of an antidepressant may not be felt for a few weeks.

Lifestyle Changes for Managing Depression

Depression symptoms are best managed with a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. For those who experience adverse reactions to antidepressants, lifestyle changes may be the most effective tool for combatting the effects of this mental health disorder.

Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Many health complications, including mental health disorders like depression, can be managed by changing your diet. The easiest way to do this is to limit junk foods and beverages. The refined sugars and saturated fats in sweets like candy, desserts, or sodas can negatively impact how you feel. A healthy, balanced diet includes a combination of fatty acids, omega-3s, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates. You can find these in meat and dairy products, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise is for more than weight loss; it benefits your overall physical health, especially your mood. That’s because your body produces natural antidepressants called endorphins. These endorphins are released during physical activity and have other benefits, such as stress reduction and better sleep. It is recommended to exercise for about 30 minutes each day to alleviate depression symptoms.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Depression can negatively affect your sleep habits. Maybe your mind has difficulty calming down, or you toss and turn at night. Forming a nighttime calming routine can help improve your sleep. Try taking a warm bath before bed, reading a relaxing book, having a cup of herbal tea, and turning off your phone at least an hour before bedtime.

Quit Smoking

Cigarettes have negative consequences on your health, including your overall mood. You can notice an improvement in your depression symptoms by reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke, if not quitting entirely. Talk to your doctor about different quitting techniques to find one that works for you.

Other Techniques for Depression Management

Taking some time out of your day to do something you enjoy can help improve your mood by giving you something to look forward to. Whatever it is you enjoy – watching a movie, reading a book, engaging in a hobby, listening to uplifting music, having a quality meal – make sure to make room for it. You may find that these small pleasures can help you carve out a bit of happiness that helps to keep you going.

While there is no "cure" for depression, there are plenty of ways it can be managed. Life does not have to feel bleak and hopeless. The treatments that worked for a while may need to be tweaked as time goes on and life circumstances change. This is completely normal. With the right combination of therapies, medication, treatment programs, or lifestyle changes, you can start to enjoy life again and feel more like yourself. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute has compassionate, experienced staff who are ready to listen whenever you decide to reach out. We don't operate by a "one-size-fits-all" approach when it comes to mental health treatment. Instead, we work with you to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your needs as an individual. To learn more about our treatment program and how we can help you, call us today at (760) 477-4754