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Dealing With Depression
courtesy of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Participating in planned activities, such as attending church, can relieve depression. Also:

  • Get busy on activities you enjoyed before. Do not cut yourself off from family and friends. Attend events with others even if you do not feel like talking or going out.
  • Stay active. Exercise to counteract the lethargy of depression.
  • Watch your diet. Eat healthy foods to keep your energy level high.
  • Read. Many self-help books and pamphlets are available to help you understand your emotions and overcome problem areas in your life.
  • Answer these questions:
    • Do I really want to change?
    • What benefits do I get from depression?
    • Do I really want to feel and live this way for the rest of my life?
Seek help if you:
  • are thinking about suicide;
  • are experiencing severe mood swings;
  • think your depression relates to other problems that require professional help;
  • think you would feel better if you talked with someone;
  • do not feel in control enough to handle matters yourself.
Locate help through people you know: such as your physician, a trusted nurse, or your pastor. Or call the local mental health center--look up Mental Health Services in the telephone directory.
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