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As you recognize your depression, the first thing is to go to a mental health professional like a psychiatrist and begin treatment. Also:
- Engage in mild activity or exercise. Even if you don’t feel like, go to a movie, or a religious function or another event or activity that you once enjoyed.
- Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
- Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well . You may not be thinking clearly while you are depressed, so the decisions you make at this time may not be the best ones for you.
- Don't blame yourself for your depression. You didn't cause it
- Do eat balanced meals and do get enough sleep.
- Do take your medicine and/or go for counseling as often as your doctor tells you to. Your medicine won't work if you only take it once in a while
- Do get as much information as you can about depression and how to treat it.
- Do call your doctor or the local suicide crisis center right away if you start thinking about suicide.
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