Living with Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, but whether you have one, or both, there are ways to help you live your life without either of them controlling you.

We spoke with Gagandeep Singh, MD, chief medical officer at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, and he provided some tips to help you manage your symptoms of depression and anxiety:

Follow your doctor’s recommendations. If you have spoken to your doctor or therapist about your symptoms, this is extremely important. Doctors are trained to help you cope with these medical conditions.

Eat right, sleep right and exercise every day. There is evidence that even walking a mile a day can be helpful.

Avoid things that may worsen the condition, especially excessive alcohol and drug use. While in the short-term these things may seem to help, they wreak havoc on your brain chemistry and worsen depression and anxiety.

Stay connected with others. Feeling isolated and disconnected can worsen depression.

Find a sense of purpose by providing for others. This can be difficult to achieve with depression and anxiety. By connecting and helping others, you will begin to feel a sense of purpose. Try volunteering!

Challenge your thinking. Depression and anxiety can cause distorted thinking to the point where you find yourself focusing only on the bad things. You should challenge yourself to find good things in every situation, rather than fixating on negative aspects. Think of what good advice you would give to a friend that’s feeling how you’re feeling and tell yourself that same advice.

If spirituality or religion is important to you, connect to your higher power through whatever means works for you.

If you think you may be suffering from depression or anxiety, keep track of your feelings and speak to your doctor about it. If depression or anxiety is leading to the inability to function or causing significant hopelessness, see your doctor.

For more information on symptoms of depression, visit Steps for Seeking Help for Symptoms of Depression.

For more information on suicide warning signs, visit Suicide Facts, Warning Signs and Ways You Can Help Save a Life.

In case of significant suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately or call 1-800-273-8255.

Gagandeep Singh, MD (Chief Medical Officer, Banner Behavioral Health Hospital)

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  • Chris says:
    Excellent guidance 
  • Ronnie Manns says:
    Surviving with a mental illness often allows those desiring to conquer it instead of allowing it to conquer them the opportunity to educate themselves that discovery of the root cause of their issue is vital to managing the illness.  After 50 plus years of suffering, I have discovered that the often most over-looked illness is "abandonment".  I claim this as the root issue in my Tree of Mental Illness.  It gets little to no coverage possibly because there is no pill designed to or able to help with this particular illness.  We often judge the worthiness of our existence based upon how we perceive that others are living and in that vain, sufferers of mental illness feels alone, defective, broken, crazy and abandoned by not only friends and family but society as well.  This is the root and this needs to be addressed.

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