Dealing with depression

If you feel incapable of moving off the couch; if you're not sleeping well or your eating habits have changed; if you feel sad most of the time, it's hard to concentrate, and you're noticing your body doesn't feel well, you may be depressed. First get a physical to rule out any treatable underlying condition.

If you get a clean bill of health and still feel really lethargic, it's time to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Depression is the most common and untreated illness in our world, and that's literally a crying shame because it is a very treatable condition. Medication and talk therapy can change your life and give you back the person you used to be.

A note here about online "relationships." These relationships still count as house arrest. Face-to-face is the way human beings relate best, and if you're using your PC for your social life, you're literally keeping others at arm's (or at least keyboard's) length. It's not healthy or productive. If you've got flesh-and-blood contacts and want to fill in some of the spaces between seeing each other with online friendships, fine, but don't substitute e-mail for emotion or mistake online for alive.

When you get out of the house, you discover that you're in charge and valuable. You're wanted and needed, and you'll feel a lot more loving toward yourself, which is the beginning of allowing other people to love you. Before love comes like, and liking is what friends do for one another.

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