Depression can feel like you’re carrying a heavy weight all day and night. You’re trying to make it seem like you can handle it, but you know at any minute, you may drop it. You may spiral out of control. If you’re struggling with depression, seeking additional support is crucial for treatment. If you’re currently working with a therapist or looking into therapy, we’re here to help. Not interested in medication? Don’t worry! These are some ways you can treat depression without medication.
You can’t even remember the last time it actually felt like you did something right. No matter if it’s your home life or at work, very few things in your life are working out how you imagined them. You used to think of yourself as someone who had it all together. You’re the type of person that follows a sleep schedule and routine, meal preps on weekends and tries to get involved or help in any way that you can. But you’ve been struggling for a while, and you’re not sure how to get back to your version of normal. Let’s learn more about high-functioning depression.
Depression is commonly known as a pervasive sense of sadness. It’s often not something thought of from a tangible standpoint. However, like any illness, it has physical effects on the body. Not only does depression affect our bodies through fatigue and appetite changes—it also has specific effects on the brain. Let’s look at how depression affects your brain.
Culture is defined as the way of life that is passed down from generation to generation. Culture includes things like art and beliefs, as well as institutions like social, religious, and educational organizations. The way that a society dresses, behaves, thinks, and speaks is defined by its culture. There are differences based on culture all across the world. Another way that culture can impact an individual is with an individual’s mental health. Let’s learn more about how cultural expectations can play a role in depression.
One of the things that most humans strive for is a sense of belonging. We all just want to fit in, to be a part of something. A sense of belonging is essential for our survival. That’s why culture and social groups play such a huge role in the world we live in. Every culture has a set of cultural expectations or rules to abide by. Or you may have grown up on one country or area with its own culture, but your parents immigrated from another country with a very different approach, so you find yourself trying to fit into two cultures and not quite finding your way in either.
The holidays are finally here. For many people, that means spending more time with family members, or maybe even staying with some if you’re traveling from out of town. While the holidays are great for reconnecting with loved ones and celebrating the season, they can be difficult when you’re dealing with depression.
You’re facing your own internal battle, and now, on top of that, it seems like the world is at war. Watching TV was your normal go-to that you used as a way to relax and unwind after a long day. Now, your TV screen and social media feeds are filled with images of war, death, and destruction from the ongoing war with Russia and Ukraine.
Dealing with depression is never easy. Even when things are going well in your life, depression can make you feel hopeless, helpless, and unmotivated to do anything that used to interest you. In challenging times, those thoughts and feelings can be overwhelming. When things aren’t going well in your life, depression will always want to rear its ugly head and make things worse. Being able to cope can feel like a full-time job.
Toxicity in the workplace is a big problem that doesn’t seem to be going away. It’s one thing to not like your job. But, if the toxic environment you’re exposed to each day is impacting your mental health, that’s a different story. Signs of toxicity in the workplace can include your opinions not being heard or valued, gossip, rumors, bullying, and narcissistic leadership.
Feeling lonely as a parent is more common than you might think. When you really think about it, parenthood is socially isolating. You give every moment of your time to your kids, but take little time for yourself or your relationships. You might be able to distract yourself from your own isolation for a while, especially if you have a busy schedule. But, eventually, those feelings can catch up with you.