I have to admit, my last blog post is probably the first time I have been that honest about my depression and anxiety. Telling the whole internet that I suffer from a mental illness was certainly scary, however, I did it for one reason, I am happy.
I finally choose not to dwell on all the things that have happened, but instead, I am moving forward. of course, not without a lot of support! Here is how I am overcoming my disorders.
There is no shame in seeking professional help. Sure it’s been made out in the media to be a joke or a last ditch effort, but take it from me, it works. What I found is you have to be receptive and you need to find someone that speacilzes in your disorder. Do some research and don’t feel like you have to stay with someone if you don’t click.
Here are some links for finding help:
National Board Certified Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors
American Counseling Organization
Once you have met with someone, they may refer you back to you physician for medications. They should be able to provide you with their diagnosis so you can talk to your physician about treatment options. If you do need medication, here are the common ones.
SSRI – Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors
They increase the function of Seratonin in your brain which decreases the depressive symptoms and can also help with generalized anxiety. They do have some side effects, especially in younger patients. Talk to your physician about the pros and cons. These do take a few weeks to become fully effective and should never be discontinued abruptly.
SNRI – Seratonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor
A new class of antidepressants, these also increase key chemicals in your brain. These also may take a few weeks to become fully effective.
These have various mechanisms of action. They may be used as monotherapy or in combination. They also may have an advantage in that they cause less weight gain that the others.
Adjunct Therapy and Lifestyle Changes
Even 30 minutes a day will increase energy as well as decrease stress. There is also the additional benefit of natural hormone release. Always check with your doctor before starting a new routine..
Massage, Mediation, and Yoga
Stress relief is certainly important in recovery. When the body is relaxed, the mind can relax as well. These are great options for those moments when you fill overwhelmed.
For emotional support, inhalation of oils can have a direct effect on mood through the limbic region of the brain. Some great oil singles are Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Melissa, and Frankincense . Some great combos are Valor, Hope, and Joy. Beyond inhalation, you can also place these topically on your temples and the back of your neck.
As always, my hope is with all of this information, you’ll find your own comfortable balance and live a YingYang Life!
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