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Depression- Natural steps to improve your condition

Depression and other mental health disorders affect an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older or about one in four adults in a given year.This figure represents approximately 57.7 million people. In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States. If you have a severe mental disorder you may find that you are unable to work for at least 12 continuous months and may need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What if you have taken on the traditional steps to combat depression but continue to suffer severe depression? Did you know there are more steps that you can take which are natural and free? According to Life Script, Healthy Living for Women, there are several steps you can take that may improve your condition.

According to Alan Manevitz, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, depression should be treated like other physical health disorder such as diabetes, which means you must maintain a vigilance to combat your mental disorder. This includes taking the appropriate steps to live a balanced life.

Steps to Combat Depression and other mental disorders

1.    Exercise

Although exercise is not a cure-all, it can release natural endorphins that can elevate your mood. Exercising when incorporated into a treatment plan which includes other traditional treatments such as medication, and therapy can help you overcome common symptoms for a mental disorder.

Studies suggest aiming for 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise per week, but if you cannot do this much, studies have found that even 10 to 20 minutes per day can have a positive benefit on your health and help reduce the symptoms of some mental disorders.

2.    Eat good food

Studies suggest health eating is also critical to maintaining mental health. Doctors recommend a diet high in fruits and vegetables, beans, fish, nuts, and olive oil. Eliminate refined carbohydrates and other processed foods.

3.    Get plenty of rest

Studies indicate that individuals with insomnia are 10 times more likely to be depressed than other individuals. Of course, depression can also cause insomnia. Talk to a mental health disorder professional if you are suffering from depression and you are not able to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

4.    Find and maintain a support system to improve and reduce a mental disorder

Whether you choose to join a church or synagogue or you rely on family to provide support, having friends you can rely on during tough times is critical. A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry reported that “women who feel more loved and have more support from friends and family members face lower risk for major depression.” Everyone needs friends and having a great support system can help you, especially if you are suffering from depression or another mental disorder.

Hiring a Disability Lawyer

Many individuals struggle with mental health conditions despite getting the proper treatment. If you have received medical care and you are following your doctor’s treatment plan, but you do not have the ability to work, you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. Talk to a SSDI or SSI disability lawyer if you have questions.