There are many people suffering from depression disorders who fail to recognize the symptoms and sometimes it takes being informed by a trusted friend or family member that you are exhibiting the signs of depression. Additionally, many of those suffering from depression do not seek professional psychotherapy help whether due to embarrassment, the perceived notion they cannot really help, or the idea they cannot afford a professional.
However, one of the first steps in getting over depression is the recognition of the symptoms of depression and understanding that a problem may exist. For minor situational-based depression, that is depression caused by a major life-changing situation, you can learn how to help yourself through this brief period.
Depression can make a person feel worthless and helpless and sometimes exhausted which they often attribute to overwork or stress. They often feel worthless and added together can increase negativity about themselves. What is important is to realize that their negative emotions are not real and do not accurately define the reality of the situation. As treatment progresses, whether self-help treatment or professional care, the negative emotions will fade.
First, you must set realistic goals for things you want to accomplish. If your goals are too lofty, more than likely you will fail to meet them, adding to your frustration and the feeling of inadequacy. Break your goals down into manageable pieces that you know you can achieve to help build your self-confidence and, resultantly, your self-esteem. Remember that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, and set your goals and desired time frame to meet them within reason.
Try to be with other people when possible and share your burden of depression. A close friend or family member can do wonders for your recovery, provided they know how you feel. They may even be able to offer support and give an objective opinion concerning certain situations in which you feel inadequate. They can also offer advice on whether your goals are too high to realistically reach them and may be able to offer advice on how best to go about succeeding.
Become active, perhaps in small steps, in activities, you enjoyed prior to the onset of depression. If you are thinking about starting an exercise program, however, it may be wise to consult a doctor to determine your fitness and ability to do this without additional risks. If you have never exercised in the past and have lived a sedentary life, starting out slow and easy is probably a healthier way to begin.
Do not expect depression to suddenly disappear. Most of the time it will take time to get over whatever even caused the depression. Do not make any life-changing decisions such as getting married or divorced while depressed. Since you are viewing situations in a negative aspect, the decisions will be based on those negative emotions instead of being based on facts. It Is not advisable to move or change jobs while depressed as those types of decisions may only serve to exacerbate your depression.