Researching depression – sound depressing? Not to me. – I grew up in a family where the World Book Encyclopedias were often brought to the dinner table. WE used them to settle arguments or satisfy someone's curiosity. Not that we were so intellectual, we just liked finding out stuff. So to me research is fun.
Research is something that few people are indifferent to. You either love it or you hate it. No matter how you feel about it, no one will do this part for you. A little research is key to giving you a good foundation about this life-threatening disease.
Researching depression – you don't have to do a lot. Probably just one good book about depression should give you enough information to help you to understand what is happening to you. I recommend The Feeling Good Handbook.
It is a big one but has everything you will need. Medications, diagnostic tests, explanations of different kinds of therapy are all there when you need to know. It is a resource book, not a book you would read in one sitting. It may end up being a book you refer to every now and then. It is a valuable resource.
The only one who is going to help the doctors help you is you! And if you are not informed you are not helping.
Now if the idea of a book overwhelms you, then a little online research might be a better fit. It takes minutes.
Here are two of my favourite online resources:
Once you have gotten a proper diagnosis, you may want to read further about that too. There is a difference between depression, bipolar, anxiety, ocd, etc. Knowing more will help you more.
Researching depression might be more enjoyable than you imagine. Learning about it will make you feel like a victor, not a victim.
Depression is treatable.
If you want to further the likelihood that you will recover then do a little research.
Become your own advocate.
You may even come across something the doctors have missed.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you done any research? Are you an expert on your own condition? Are you willing to do some work in order to get better?
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I am so glad you dropped by Depression Getaway today.
There is hope for depression.
Don't give up, I'm praying for you, right now:
Please heal and help the person who is reading this right now. You know what they need to know to help themselves. Lead them to just the right kind of information for their special circumstances. Comfort them while you're at it Lord, thanks,