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This is the fifteenth, and last in a series of posts about depression and more importantly, how we can take steps to hopefully keep it under control.
After I was diagnosed with depression, I was convinced I could limit both the frequency of my ‘bad’ days, and also the severity of those days. I researched everything I could about how other sufferers deal with their condition, and listed all the advice I thought could work for me. This resulted in fifteen steps, which I’m covering over fifteen weeks, and this is number fifteen, the last one.
Step 15 – Final Points
Remember, if the experts are right, we can’t yet cure depression, only reduce the severity and frequency. It’s a sobering thought that those suffering from a mental illness might never fully recover.
However, please, don’t give up. We’re not trying to cure it; the goal is to live a relatively normal life, with fewer symptoms, occurring less often, and less severely.
Using the fifteen methods I’ve detailed over the past few weeks, I have managed to improve my condition to a level where, often, for days, I forget I even have depression. I do still have some horrible days but from where I’ve come over the past few years, the improvement has been immense.
Remember there are other possible approaches as well; I haven’t covered everything here.
I can sense those of you out there with depression muttering.
“This is all great. It’s fine you saying go and join a swimming class, cook a vegan feast, cut out wine, or go grab two hours of sun light. But I can’t even get out of bed.”
I hear you. I was you. And at times, I still am.
One approach is taking small steps, incorporating the changes slowly. The first week try staying away from alcohol on Monday and Thursday. The following week abstain on Sunday as well, and so on.
The next day, call the doctor. After that, accept his suggestion of seeking therapy, and make an appointment for a couple of weeks’ time. Gradually implement those healthy eating ideas, and start to take a daily walk after work.
Small steps are more achievable, one each day, or even every week.
We may never completely balance those highs and lows, but, steadily, we can reach a stage where our depression is manageable – and we can lead a relatively normal life.
You can read about my hike across Scotland, while coming to terms with the fact I had depression, in my latest book – High and Low. Just click on the image for details.