What Can I Do If I Have Depression?

Depression

The most important thing to do is to seek professional help. Trained mental health professionals can help diagnose any symptoms and offer a relevant treatment plan. They can also investigate whether other medical illnesses may contribute to depression and explore other environmental and social factors. 

Other things that one can include:

  • Learn about the illness and tell your family and friends about the problem to help with the disease. This would allow your loved ones to help and support you along the way. 
  • Stick with the treatment plan, as many patients often stop their treatment way too early, assuming they have fully recovered. 
  • Avoid excessive alcohol, which will worsen the illness.
  • Exercise regularly and get plenty of quality sleep.

Information provided by: Dr Keith Hariman, Specialist in Psychiatry, OT&P Healthcare

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