ADD and Improving Depression

ADD and Improving Depression
For some people who have Attention Deficit Disorder, it is not a matter of simply working with the symptoms of ADD. There are other difficulties that travel alongside of the Attention Deficit Disorder. Depression is one of them. Have you had a depression that seemed to last forever, was so dark, so deeply felt, that you literally ached from it? This article is not aimed at that type of clinical depression. Instead, I want to share some actions that can help keep people from sliding into a serious depression, or lessen the duration and symptoms of depression.

Often habits that people have formed over the years can contribute to depression. Two large contributors to depression are the routines in people's daily lives and the stressful situations that they encounter. Here are some procedures that I have found helpful for dealing with circumstances that can promote depression.

Daily Living

A diet that is filled with healthy foods gives your body the chemicals that it needs to enhance brain chemistry. Eat plenty of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Nourish your body with healthy proteins from plant or animal sources. Eat fats that are good for you. These include olive oil, coconut oil, and fish oil. Some studies have indicated that fish oil can help with the symptoms of depression. Reduce your intake of highly processed foods, artificial coloring, and sugars. Drink plenty of water. When it comes to vitamin and mineral supplements, do your homework. Use supplements that your body can readily convert for its chemical processes. Take enough to do the job, but don't overdo it. Many supplements are toxic in high doses.

In the battle against depression, sleep is a person's friend. Figure out what it will take for you to get enough high-quality sleep, and make that a priority. The amount of sleep varies from person to person. Some folks are happy with seven good hours of sleep, while others may need ten hours. If your sleep gets cut short, try to take a short nap the following day. That can help!

Exercise is a natural mood elevator. It helps the brain become bathed in oxygen to promote clear thinking and decision making. Exercise also allows the body to release those chemicals (endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters, and endorphins) that makes a person feel optimistic.

Resolve Stressful Situations

Identify the Problem
Which places or activities cause stress and feelings of depression? Identify them. What causes the worst stress? A person should plan to attack that problem first.

Improve the Problem
Once a person has identified the problem, they can make a plan to improve it or eliminate it. Many times, friends and family are willing to share their ideas. Take the thoughts that can help, and customize them to the individual situation.

Release the Problem
Sometimes a person makes a good-faith effort to resolve a problem. Maybe that person tries multiple plans but nothing works. In that case, a person just needs to have the wisdom to let the problem go. That's easy to say and hard to do! However, when a problem is causing depression and impacting the person's life, that person needs to find a way to release the problem.

Change Your Focus
Help other people. Sometimes when a person shifts the focus from the events in their own life, it is incredibly constructive. Their problems are not constantly bouncing around their consciousness. Instead, they are doing something positive for somebody else. Service to others can be healing. Keeping busy is a great way to fight depression.

Sometimes in the fight against depression, a person needs help. Be willing to go to a healthcare professional to get counseling or medication. Act before the depression becomes overwhelming.

Be sure to check out the related articles at the bottom of these tips. These articles can provide expanded details for people with Attention Deficit Disorder to start taking steps to improve depression. If you have a helpful tip for fighting depression to a standstill, be sure to post your ideas in the BellaOnline Attention Deficit Disorder Forum.

This article was written by a non-medical professional. The information supplied here is provided for educational purposes only, and it is not meant to be a substitute for information from a medical professional. Finding a doctor with experience in the area of ADD/ADHD is an important step in managing the negative symptoms, including depression, that can cause problems for people with Attention Deficit Disorder.

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