Every single person has been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. You may not have the virus or even know someone close to you that has had it. But one or more things in your life have changed due to this virus taking over the world. Which can spark some depression within most of us. How to get help with Depression?

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How to Get Help with Depression and Alcoholism

From staying home more to being out of work and worrying about how to feed your family, anxiety, depression, and alcoholism have been on the rise this year.

The good news is there is help available in your own living room. More doctors, therapists, and counselors have switched to online office hours to meet the demand of more individuals suffering this year. It is easier than ever to find Telehealth therapy for depression.

Admit You Need Help

The first thing you must do is to admit you have an issue and that you need help. Depression is like any other illness. There should be no stigma attached to being depressed or seeking help for a mental illness.

Since things have changed so drastically in 2020, more and more individuals are becoming depressed. Situational depression can turn into long-term depression, especially when things in your life do not look to be moving forward or getting better.

Some individuals may have turned to self-medication with alcohol. This is understandable, however, not the best idea to deal with depression.

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Depression is Not Your Fault

When someone realizes they are depressed, they may start to look for a reason, or come up with excuses. Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain and a result of things that are beyond your control.

Therapy is the best way to address depression. And, if needed, a psychiatrist will prescribe an antidepressant or other medication to help even out your mood. Medication will not solve your problems, but will allow you to lift your head up from the darkness enough to help yourself.

Addressing Alcoholism

When a person is depressed, they may deal with it by drinking more alcohol. Alcohol allows an individual to escape their daily struggles and feel “numb” to what is bothering them. The problem with drinking to cover up your depression is it does just that, it covers up the depression, but it does not help or address the issue that is bothering you.

Things to Help With Depression

When you seek help for depression, you will have someone to talk with. A therapist is an impartial person that you can tell your problems to and they will help you come up with a plan to work with your depression. You may also need to see a psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor, and that person will help you decide if medication is right for you.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to get help for your depression. Once you are on your way to getting better, you will notice that you are able to help your family as well.

You cannot help anyone else unless you are well enough to help yourself. That doesn’t always make sense, because you want to help others, especially your family, but you can’t help anyone when you can’t lift yourself up.

Quotes to Help With Depression

I’m a true believer of quotes, and how they can inspire you and me. Here are a few quotes to help with depression.

  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu
  • “Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  • “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “At the end of the day, tell yourself gently: ‘I love you. You did the best you could today, and even if you didn’t accomplish all you had planned, I love you anyway.’” — Anonymous
  • “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop
  • “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius
  • “Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” — Chris Brogan
  • “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” — Edwin Elliot
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
  • “I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” — Carl Sandburg

Quotes to Help With Anxiety

  • “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” — William James
  • “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti
  • “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey
  • “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha
  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” — Christian D Larson
  • “You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” — Eckhart Tolle
  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou
  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Henry S. Haskins
  • “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.” — Nicole Reed
  • “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James
  • “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” — A.A. Milne
  • “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” — Wayne W. Dyer
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