What is depression, and how can it hurt your recovery? Everyone feels blue every now and then, but that’s not the same as deppression. Depression describes a series of symptoms, and is also an illness that can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist or physician.

What are the symptoms of depression? If you’re depressed, you may feel extremely tired, hopeless, lonely and down. It’s common to just not feel like doing anything at all. Sometimes it may be hard to function, including basic things like bathing and brushing your hair. People who are depressed often isolate, making it easy to stay home with these feelings.

When you’re depressed, it’s important that you have a support system and work with a therapist to help you make a plan to get healthier.

 

Understanding Depression

Depression is an illness that many people in recovery have experienced or currently live with. While it’s a mental health diagnosis, it’s pretty common. According to the National Institutes of Health, it affects roughly 9.5% of the U.S. adult population each year. 17% of the U.S. population will suffer from a major depressive episode at some point in their lifetime.

If you’ve felt this way for six weeks or more, it’s considered a chronic condition and may be clinical depression, a serious mental health disorder that needs to be treated by a mental health professional.

Depression can be a trigger for a person in recovery to use, especially if they’re experiencing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness. If this sounds like you, please speak with somebody in your support network.

 

Exercise Can Help Lift Depression

One thing that study after study shows is that exercise can really help a person who is depressed work toward wellness. You don’t have to do it everyday, either. Some people benefit from exercising with a group. Others prefer to use the time alone. If you want to do yoga, aerobics or swimming, it’s your perjogative. There are many ways to explore exercise.

If you’re depressed but aren’t really motivated, start out walking. You can boost your heart health, decrease anxiety and depression by just getting this much exercise a week. If you can exercise just 30 minutes three times a week, you will notice a difference in your mood.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, you can try to tough it out but if things aren’t getting better, seek treatment. Talk therapy and medication can help people treat depression and new coping skills.

 

Need Help for Addiction?

Do you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Treatment is available and recovery is possible! We help people with substance abuse disorders find recovery and start a new way of life through detox. From there, we can help you plot your course towards healing. Please call us at 877-228-2401 to learn more about your options.