According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are affected by depression worldwide, yet anxiety and depression continue to have a stigma that prevents many people from seeking professional help. Instead, they turn to drugs to numb the pain and provide some semblance of “normal” functionality. Too often this substance use turns into substance abuse which ends up becoming substance addiction. There are ways to overcome depression and anxiety without the use of drugs.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression can be brought on by a combination of traumatic events, prolonged stress/abuse, genetics, and/or chemical imbalances. Being sad is not the same as suffering from depression, but prolonged sadness is. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is wise to speak to a mental health professional:
- Incessant sadness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in eating patterns
- Chronic malaise
- Difficulty concentrating
- Persistent listlessness
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
The struggles of anxiety can lead to a deep depression. The constant worry associated with anxiety can trigger depression and compound the symptoms.
Depression and Drug Use
Mental health professionals can prescribe a variety of safe drugs for depression and anxiety, but oftentimes people either do not have the resources to seek out this medical attention or, as their anxiety dictates, they worry about what others may think if they are being treated for depression and anxiety. To dull the pain, some people turn to illicit substances like these, which can lead to drug abuse:
Overcoming Deep Depression and Anxiety
In addition to professional assistance and therapy, there are many steps you can take in your daily life to help you to manage how to overcome deep depression:
- Change your social circle.
- Avoid toxicity, including food, drink, tobacco, drugs, and people.
- Use exercise to manage negative thoughts—walk, hike, swim, or just try deep breathing or meditation.
- Get some sun, sand, water, earth, and wind each day.
Overcoming depression can happen, and your life will change dramatically once you identify the triggers and manage your anxiety and depression. Do not turn on yourself and mask those feelings with drugs. Instead, turn to us at Summit Malibu to start looking outward and upward and enjoying the beauty that surrounds you.