Recovering From Depression

PerformCare wants to help you learn about treatment for depression.

Treatment for depression may start with just talking, but there is more you can do to help yourself recover. Recovery may take weeks, and learning how to help yourself get well and stay well is very important.

Make a plan

You may want to make a recovery plan that focuses on the steps you need to stay well. Your plan should be simple so you can follow it daily. Get a notebook and write a the steps. For example, you may include the following steps:

  • Eating three healthy meals a day.
  • Going to bed at a good regular time for you.
  • Doing something you enjoy.
  • Exercising.
  • Talking to a friend.
  • Taking medications.

The goal is to solve the problem so you are less stressed.

Recovery takes time. Don't forget to include your family and friends in your recovery plan. They can help support your plan or offer new suggestions.

You will know you are getting better when you are meeting your goals.

Watch for relapses

Sometimes people relapse and they start to feel like they are not in control of their depressive symptoms. You may want to ask your family and friends if they see early warning signs.
If you feel you may be relapsing, call your physician or therapist for an appointment. Keep working on your recovery plan and call your friends and family for support. You may want to add a few new activities to help reduce your depression. Try joining a support group, watching comedies or reading a good book.

By using your new skills and seeking support from professionals and family and friends, you can get back on the road to recovery.