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Depression and anxiety are difficult to live with especially if they have been part of your life for a long time. The good news is that there are things which can help such as:

* Exercising

* Being around supportive friends and family

* Finding ways to be of service to others

* Eating healthy foods

* Cutting back on alcohol (and drugs)

* Getting enough ‘rem’ sleep

These are just some of the ways which can help to lift your spirits. Talking to a depression and anxiety therapist who really understands depression and anxiety can also help. The very act of sharing what bothers you with someone who cares can help lift the burden of hopelessness.

If your depression and anxiety have occurred due to a recent situation, then the passage of time along with the above suggestions will help. It is an old saying but still true: “And this too shall pass.” Time does heal even where significant and terrible events have occurred.

Another suggestion for some people is to consider taking anti-depressant and/or anti-anxiety medication. Your doctor can help you to make the right choices. Sometimes certain medications do not work for some individuals or the dosage is not correct. This is why it is important to let your doctor know how you are feeling. If there are side effects that you are not comfortable with, tell your doctor and request a change in the medication or a reduction in the dosage. There are many good medications on the market that can help reduce depression and anxiety.

Some people are not willing to try medications due to personal beliefs or previous poor experiences. This is fine and needs to be respected. There are many non-medicative ways in which to reduce depression and anxiety as noted above.

The main point is that you do not have to continue suffering. I am an experienced depression and anxiety therapist working in Santa Barbara. Contact me and let’s explore what are the best approaches for you.

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