I found some tips from the National Institute of Mental Health for “self help” for people who may be suffering from depression.
To Help Yourself (www.nimh.nih.gov)
*Do not wait too long to get evaluated or treated. There is research showing the longer one waits, the greater the impairment can be down the road. Try to see a professional as soon as possible.
*Try to be active and exercise. Go to a movie, a ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed.
*Set realistic goals for yourself.
*Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can.
*Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. *Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
*Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly “snap out of” your depression. 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 and have a more objective view of your situation.
*Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
*Continue to educate yourself about depression.
This information is NOT meant to be medical advice or a medical opinion.
I understand that not all of these items may apply or help with your particular situation but a positive attitude goes a long way in dealing with any life changing event. Of all the people I have represented over the last 20+ years, the people who make an effort to maintain a positive outlook seem to have the best recovery and the best outlook on their future after dealing with a work injury.
If you are dealing with depression related to your work injury, make sure you discuss this information with your doctor.
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Michele Lewane, Esq.