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How to Deal With Depression When I'm currently unemployed

27 May
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User's Question

Hi,

 

I'm not sure to who this will go to but if you are a trained therapist, pls tell me how I should deal with my depression. I am currently umemployed and dont have the money to go see a psychiatrist/therapist who could help me. My problem in a nutshell is this - I dont know when my depression creeped in that bad but since the past one year I cannot recall when I was truly happy or excited about anything. I have tried to read a lot on how to tackle depression and anxiety, and whenever I felt low, I would do some of my fav activities like making cards, etc. While that kept me engaged and happy for a while, the past six months, nothing keeps me happy. Things that once used to excite me no longer. It has come to this that I feel tired ALL-THE-TIME and starting my day and getting out of the bed feels like a HUGE task. It has affected my daily work so much so that my levels of productivity have gone down. I was once an achiever and a go-getter, now I dont even recognize myself. Pls help me.

 

28 May
Dr. Ibrahim Abunada

Doctors Answer

May 28, 2016 12:47 AM

Dear user. I can understand your suffering and your disappointment. Depression is very difficult and unpleasant feeling. However, I can reassure you that it is not the end of the world. I believe you have your strong points in your personal characteristics which will enable you to overcome your life difficulties. Therefore, I strongly recommend you the following steps and suggestions to use in your daily life. Try to be strong in front of these circumstances not to be fragile. Don’t underestimate your positive and strong points in your personality and your environment. Try your best to add value changes to your daily life, e.g. tries to find a suitable job to expend your time in a productive way. Don’t stay alone for a long time just thinking about your miserable situation. Try to build relationships with trustworthy people surrounding you. Try to share people their social life events. Try to practice sport, recreational activities, and trips. Try to use relaxation techniques and deep breathing exercises when you feel depressed. You can consult an online specialist for further instructions and interventions. Take care.