Did you know that Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults every year? It often occurs with other illnesses such as strokes, heart disease, eating disorders, substance abuse and diabetes. Because this is such an important consideration in these situations, we speak regularly to cardiac patients, diabetic and pulmonary patients to help them be aware of the symptoms and to know what to do to overcome this dark cloud hovering over them.

Men often manifest depression differently than women by experiencing relationship problems and substance abuse, which can often mask the depression.

According to Employee Assistance Professionals Association Survey, depression, family crisis and stress, are the three most troublesome workplace issues.

If you are:

· Unable to sleep. . . or sleeping too much

· Unable to concentrate

· Finding that seemingly simple tasks are difficult

· Feeling hopeless or helpless

· Unable to control negative thoughts, no matter how hard you try

· Irritable and short-tempered

· Questioning whether life is worth living

you may be experiencing clinical depression.

Of course, if you are considering suicide, don’t wait another minute to get help. Call 911 or go to you local emergency room immediately.

The good news is that, even though 1 out of 4 women, and 1 out of 10 men report symptoms of depression, depression is a very treatable illness.

While some people recover on their own, many people benefit from some kind of therapeutic support.

While these suggestions are not intended to replace therapy, they can give you a place to start feeling better today.

· Exercise; get moving

· Do yoga or stretching

· Meditate

· Practice gratitude

· Speak your feelings

· Spend time with supportive, positive people

· Breathing exercises

· Relaxation exercises

· Practice mindfulness

· Spend time outside

· Connect with your Creator; practice your faith

· Practice non-judgment

· Practice acceptance (go with the flow)

· Reach out to help someone else

· Let go of the need to be right

· Enjoy your pets

· Forgive; make amends where possible

For more ideas check out Un-Leashed: Practical Steps to Get Your Life Unstuck.

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