3 Steps to Battle Depression

Depression Picture - LocateADoc.comHave you ever had a perfectly good day transformed into a nightmare through depression? No one likes to be depressed, but it can feel like you are trapped with no means of escape when you are experiencing depression. Every facet of your life suffers due to depression, from relationships to work performance, and it truly is a debilitating condition.

Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H.There are ways that you can take control of your depression. “I believe each of us must take responsibility for managing our mood, preferably at very early stages of symptoms, when we are simply not feeling our best and we know we can feel better,” said Leawood, KS bariatric medical doctor Rick Tague, MD.

If you are ready to take back control of your life by battling depression then check out these 3 steps to fight off depression, and always remember, if needed, consult with a doctor to help you along the way.

How to Stave Off Depression in 3 Simple Steps

  1. Feed the Brain 

    Recent research proves that poor nutrition increases the likelihood of depression. In order to fuel the “feel good” chemicals in our brain, we need the right recipe of things like Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin D, Folate, Magnesium and Omega 3 Oils. Getting the right supplements can make all of the difference if you are not getting all of these essential ingredients.

  2. Fitness and Exercise

    If you’ve ever been active in your entire life then you know the various mental and physical benefits one feels after exercising the body. After exercising, the mood lifts for at least the rest of the day, and you feel a strong sense of accomplishment. Research shows that exercise and physical activity does in fact improve mood, so go ahead and take a walk, jog or even play a sport to help improve your overall mood.

  3. Plenty of Sleep

    Ever feel annoyed or irritable when it is after your bedtime? This is just a small example of how lack of sleep can severely impact your mood. When individuals lose sleep regularly, it can lead to moodiness, anxiety and/or depression. The reason for this is sleep allows the brain to restore the feel good chemicals in the brain the help us feel our best. Dedicate yourself to getting 7-8 hour of sleep regularly to help lift you up from depression.

Don’t Give Up

One of the most important things you can do for depression is continuously work on improving it. Always continue your effort towards feel better, and your work will eventually pay off.

To find more information on depression, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about how to battle depression or ask a doctor more questions.


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Further Reading

  • What is with the holidays? It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year! We are supposed to be merry and thankful, yet all too often; we become depressed, anxious and stressed out. Nevertheless, if Ebenezer Scrooge can turn his “Bah, humbug!” feeling around, why can’t we?

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep and staying positive continue to be the prescription to better health and lower risks of depression, but recent research in Europe suggests that a quick Botox jab could also give your mood a boost.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that affects millions of people each years as temperatures drop. Even those who are not diagnosed as having SAD by a mental health professional may experience symptoms including include chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety and cravings for carbohydrates.  However, light therapy has been used to treat the 'winter blues' for several decades, providing some hope for those who need to brighten up their days and enjoy a brighter outlook.