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Coping with depression

Martin talks about his experiences with depression, its impact and how he got support to help him cope.

Coping with depression

The first step in dealing with depression is to recognise and accept the fact that you may now be suffering from it. It is important to understand that you can seek help and express how you feel to your loved ones and your GP.

How can I cope with mild depression?

These are some self-help techniques some have found helpful in dealing with low mood and mild depression:

  • Talking to others about how you are feeling e.g. close friends or family, or others experiencing similar feelings via a support group or one of our closed Facebook groups.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques (such as medidation, yoga and tai chi).
  • Maintaining your social contacts and intereacting with other people can keep your mind from negative thought patterns.
  • Managing your energy levels by making sure you rest when you feel that your body needs it.
  • Getting enough sleep / rest as feeling tired and sleep deprived can make you feel more emotional.
  • Taking up moderate exercise, you could begin with a 20 minute walk every day and it could contribute to an improvement in your mood.

Can my depression be treated?

Make an appointment with your GP to explain exactly what you are going through. Your GP will suggest the appropriate treatment options for you based on the severity of your condition.

Talking therapies

Talking therapies for depression include forms of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling. Your doctor may suggest you try a type of talking therapy if you have moderate depression.

Psychiatry

If you suffer from severe depression, your GP may refer you to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists can offer you emotional support similar to talking therapies, but as qualified doctors, they can prescribe medication such as antidepressants and also refer you to other types of treatment.

Antidepressants

There are almost 30 different kinds of antidepressant medication for moderate or severe depression. Antidepressants may cause side effects, but they are usually quite mild. Your doctor or psychiatrist will take into consideration other treatments you may be having for your brain tumour when prescribing you with antidepressants.

If you have further questions, need to clarify any of the information on this page, or want to find out more about research and clinical trials, please contact our team:

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