"Finding Light in Dark Places"
- Candice A., Sincerely Depression
Hello! My name is Candice and welcome to Sincerely Depression, a blog for those living with depression. I’ve lived with chronic Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety for twenty years. I understand the sadness, loneliness, and frustration that living with depression can bring.
If depression has you frustrated and feeling hopeless, I want you to know better days do exist. So, how do you get there?
First, Seeking the help of medical professionals is always recommend...10 out of 10 recommend! While we are on the topic of medical professional its important to note I am not a physician. However, I am a women with years of experience living with this illness, tons of research, and insight on what works. I find there are 3 lifestyle changes that can significantly improve depression and anxiety symptoms.
Mindfulness, Daily Self Care, and Planning.
Sounds simple right? Well, not quite. You are literally changing your mindset and behaviors which can be difficult. No worries, Sincerely Depression is here to be a source of relevant information, real discussion, and support for you. These healthy lifestyle changes, along with therapy will be the foundation for successful management of depression in our everyday lives. Its time give depression its walking papers and start moving towards the life you deserve!
"In order to beat the enemy, you must understand the enemy."
7 Quick FAQs
What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Major Depressive Disorder (also known as Clinical Depression) is a serious mental health condition that interfere with life activites,
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Changes in appetite
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
Suicide attempts or self harm (NIH,2022)
A person with Major Depressive Disorder must experience at least 5 symptoms of depression for two-weeks or more.
Who can develop Major Depressive Disorder?
Anyone. "An estimated 21.0 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode (NIH, 2022)."
What are the risk factors for Major Depressive Disorder?
Genetics. Family History of Mental Illness
Coexisting Medical Conditions
Major life changes and stressors (i.e Grief, job loss, moving)
How is Major Depressive Disorder treated?
Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder consist of all or a combination of the following
Is Major Depressive Disorder forever?
Major Depressive Disorder is treatable. However, in some cases the condition can be chronic.
What should I do if I am struggling with depression?
Contact your doctor. If experiencing suicidal thoughts call or text 988 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
If you are a child or teen, call or text 988, tell a parent, guidance counselor or another trusted adult.