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What does Recovery from Depression Feel Like?

What does Recovery from Depression Feel Like?

Depression is a debilitating mental health illness that affects everything in your life. Depression causes you to decline invitations to social events, family gatherings, and special occasions with friends. It feels like a thick, dark cloud that blankets you from enjoying things you once had fun doing. Relationships are affected by depression and you can feel helpless, hopeless, and alone.

Depression is more than just sadness or having a bad day. A constant gloom covers over you and does not go away. Many people with depression use drugs or alcohol as a way to escape the pain they are going through. This can lead to a substance addiction and cause many physical and mental health problems such as brain damage, overdose, or early death. If you have depression and a drug or alcohol addiction, get professional help to treat both conditions.

When you have depression, you cry all the time, cannot sleep or sleep too much, and isolate yourself from everyone. Loved ones become confused and frustrated because they want to help but do not know how to. Depression affects job performance and can cause tardiness or frequent absences, which will lead to job termination.

The only thing you can do is seek professionals who can help you with treatment and prescribe medication to treat the depression. The right combination of therapy, counseling, and medication can help. When you get the right type of treatment, you can recover from depression. Each person’s depression and recovery is different. Some people can recover from depression in a few weeks or months. For others, depression is a lifelong illness.

Some people only face depression once in their lives and others encounter depression multiple times. When you are in recovery from depression, you will feel as good as you once did. Things you had an interest in doing before will become fun again. Sometimes people who recover can have episodes of depression in the future.

There are many ways to treat depression such as therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. When you get the right treatment, depression will lift and you will slowly begin to feel more at ease and comfortable. With effort and good treatment, you can feel well again.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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