End Unhealthy Methods of Coping with Depression

Depression is much more than a bad mood. Imbalances in the brain’s chemicals cause people to be unable to feel emotions properly. Significant relief can be realized through medical and therapeutic treatment. However, if left untreated depressed individuals are likely to develop unhealthy methods of coping, which may include the following problematic methods:

  • Alcohol and recreational drug abuse
  • Antidepressant abuse
  • Self injury
  • Behavioral addictions
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

These self-destructive coping mechanisms may provide short-lived relief, but they increase the pain and suffering of the depressed individual. People struggling with depression can find real relief through professional treatment.

Methods for Improving Coping Skills

Depression affects the same part of the brain that forms behavioral habits, manages emotions and controls impulses. Certain behaviors cause slight boosts in “feel-good” chemicals in the brain. These chemicals relieve psychological symptoms of depression in the same way as do drugs and alcohol. Unhealthy coping skills become habits in this way. Thus, reprogramming the brain to manage depression in healthy ways is similar to detox and addiction recovery.
Hospitals and addiction clinics use several methods to improve a person’s coping skills, including the following tactics:

  • Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioral treatment and dialectical behavior therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Peer support through support group meetings
  • Spiritual support
  • Holistic techniques such as meditation and yoga

If a person’s unhealthy coping skills have already led to a chemical dependency this will need to be addressed with the depression. These services are often available in both outpatient and inpatient formats, but treatment for depression is much more effective in an inpatient setting. Recovery professionals can help you determine the best treatment approach for your specific needs.

Effects of Depression

One of the most common coping techniques of depression is avoidance. If left untreated this disease will strip away everything you once loved about life. The following are just a few of the possible results of leaving depression unaddressed:

  • Loss of important relationships
  • Loss of employment
  • Compromised physical health
  • Addiction and overdose
  • Suicide

Depression can ruin your life if you fail to address it properly. Get help today for your debilitating symptoms.

Help with Depression

Help is available 24 hours a day through our toll-free helpline. Our counselors can answer any questions you have about depression and recovery. We can connect you with the best treatment resources for your unique needs, and we can even help confirm insurance coverage or arrange transportation to rehab.

Depression is a treatable disease. Don’t let another day slip past you. Call today and let us help you learn new, healthy coping skills as you rebuild your emotional and psychological health.