If I was to give just two help for depression suggestions, then they would relate to the understanding of what a depression is all about. I would focus on the simple explanation - namely useless worrying which leads to exhaustion. And then I would make the powerful point that the experts cannot be relied on and that real depression knowledge (which they unfortunately lack) is easy to acquire.
You can listen to this third Audio of the "Depression Help" series and also read the accompanying blog posting.
Listen/Download to my audio: Two Suggestions to get you started
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Two Suggestions to get you started
1: Three stage programme
Audio 2: More than Depression Tips
Audio 3: Two Suggestions
Audio 4: Talking is last thing
Audio 5: Vicious and Virtuous
Audio 6: Depression like a Twisted Ankle
Audio 7: Ignorance of Depression
Audio 8: How do you feel?
Audio 9: Timelines and Life Stories
Audio 10 : Ask the right questions
Audio 11: Three reframes
Audio 12: Is each depression unique?
Audio 13: Drowning in Depression
First and for a few days, resolve to take your attention away from your problems, including how bad you feel and towards small pleasures and useful activities. Even if it is the last thing you want to do. And notice how quickly you begin to feel a little lighter inside. Within a few days, your sleep and dreaming improve and maybe the problems that triggered the depression do not seem quite so hard to sort out.
And second, don’t listen to what experts tell you. Low serotonin is the result not the cause of depression – and this is why anti-depressants are rarely the answer. Anti-depressants treat symptoms and not underlying causes and seem to work by suppressing REM (or dream) sleep. Neither are depression symptoms hereditary. And depression is not a biological disorder – there is no chemical test available or possible or yet devised that can mark a depression. Finally there are not many different types of depression – such as Post partum, grief, teenage etc. You might as well have a special I have been jilted by my girlfriend depression.