Strategies to Fight Depression

The Blues.  A bit of a funk.  The Twilight.  Down.  Off.

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Whatever you call it, it is depression.  If it is somewhat predictable or cyclical, it’s not just you.  It’s more than a mood.  It’s not that you have a harder time coping with stress than others.  It doesn’t mean you are weak.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  It is bio-chemical and there are things you can do.

The following oversimplified list was provided to me by my counselor.  My initial reaction was outrage. I suffer privately  for years because of the stigma attached to men’s mental health and finally decide to get help and I get this!!  Over time I’ve come to realize that it really boils down to this list. I call it, The 5.  Interpret as you will.

  1. Get enough sleep.
  2. Eat and drink wisely.
  3. Stay active.
  4. Stay connected with friends and family.
  5. Talk about your feelings.

If you are doing The 5 and you’re still experiencing symptoms of depression, talk to your physician.

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Sometimes knowing you are not alone in your suffering can be a huge relief.  Here is a list of posts from other dads who would love to help you deal with depression:

A Blogger and a Father – The Solitary Confinement of Depression. #ForMarc

Krazy Dad Memoir – Do Not Go Into That Good Night

Dad of Divas – The Time Is Now To Ask For Help

Clark Kent’s Lunchbox- Dump Truck Full of Dead Babies

Canadian Dad – The Day the Darkness Crept In

Dads Who Change Diapers – When the World Goes Numb

Dad’s a Lawyer – Words From the Wife

The Daddy Files – Come Back to Me

Be a Little Weird — Recognizing Depression in Men for What It Really Is

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About James Hudyma

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