What’s best for depression and ptsd?

Image - Lonely ManAt my Ask Thea About site I received a question from one of my Forward Steps readers.

Even though the person did not pay for the service, I felt compelled to respond because of the gravity of the subject matter, namely depression and ptsd.

For my response to be of help to more than only one person, I publish it here. Anything that will identify the person who asked the question, is removed.

This is a copy of my reply to, “What’s the best thing for depression and ptsd?”

Thank you for your question, and the Ask Thea About service is a paid service. I’ve now made that a bit more clear for visitors to the site.

You need to understand that I am not medically qualified and am not a trained psychiatrist. I can give you some personal opinion if you like.

Check for all physically related health issues first.

For example, test levels of Vitamin D, the B group vitamins and sugar, in the body. If female, I’d also check for hormone levels. If you have any addictions like coffee, food/sugar or smoking, reduce those or work on completely “releasing your need” for them.

I’d recommend getting the body as well as it can be, as first port of call. For example, walking 30 mins. 3x per week, drinking 1.5 litres of water daily, good sleep patterns, a 30 min. guided meditation routine each morning.

Environment has a lot to answer for, as well.

Do what you can to eliminate the environmental source. For example, if it is due to a particular line of work, look for other options even if that means living on less money (health is worth more that status or money). See less of “friends” who perpetuate the “depression conversation” and see more friends who make you feel great. If you need to get more organized because clutter in your life makes you feel out of control, start a 15 min. daily clean up & purge all unnecessary items that have been hoarded. Set up little “systems” that serve you better e.g. a bowl at the front door for keys, a filing cabinet for all documents, an in-tray with oldest item at top for daily attention etc.

image - manWhatever you focus on WILL expand!

Put that line on a poster somewhere prominent in your home. Switch your thoughts to what is great about your life each time you see that quote. Over time you can “train” your mind to focus on the “glass half full”. Keep a gratitude journal, each night before sleep write 5 things for which you are grateful that day. No matter how challenging initially, stick with that 6 months & observe the change in your outlook.

Wake with clear purpose & sleep each night feeling accomplished.

Each evening, just before sleep, write the 6 most important things that you MUST do next day & attend to those 6 things as priorities.

I cannot emphasize too much…

…water intake, exercise, personal environment/influences & Vitamin D etc. If nothing else, get those attended to first.

When was the last time you did something that is nurturing & ONLY for you?

Do something out of routine, like walking along a lake or beach, sitting in the garden reading a good book with your favorite music playing, luxuriating in a warm bath. Make something nurturing, a regular practice.

Definitely, see a health professional.

Get a recommendation from a close friend (someone who you know & trust, who will know someone good). Also have at hand a phone number for a free service that you can call in moments when you’re feeling “super black” (in Australia we have e.g. www.lifeline.org.au and www.beyondblue.org.au).

ALWAYS, always, always get in touch with another human being when you feel that you are starting to “dive”. Even if it is a walk to the local shop. Get some external energy from which you can draw & on which you can “lean” for a moment. The moment WILL pass, even if you can’t see wood for trees when in the “thick of it”.

I hope those few snippets will help somewhat.

Remember, those are my personal opinions only & not medical or professional advice. You might like to also read my Health Disclaimer, in my Terms Of Service.

Cheers,
Thea

P.S. Some good resources to explore…

www.lifeline.org.au/Find-Help/Mental-Health-Resource-Centre/Mental-Health-Resource-Centre
www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=7.980#General
www.traumaticstressclinic.com.au

Those are Australian links, if you are elsewhere you could do a Google search for equivalent in your country. However, those links make for good reading & research, regardless.

THIS WEEK: I asked my doctor, who’s also a friend, to scan over the article for me & she suggested including thyroid problems as a possibility too. In her words exactly: “I think your article is great…it includes a lot of the medical things to look out for …including vitamin D!…(you could also mention thyroid problems). Plus you have lots of practical hints.”

Images: Lonely Man & Man by Anna Langova

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1 comment for “What’s best for depression and ptsd?

  1. Decision Making Training - thesuccessinstitute
    2012/11/12 at 21:33

    Great article about depressions. Thanks you for sharing these tips on what is the best thing to do about depressions and ptsd.

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