Beyond Treatment: Things You Can Do
If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. It may be extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. But as you begin to recognize your depression and begin treatment, you will start to feel better. Here are other tips that may help you or a loved one during treatment:

  • Try to be active and exercise. Go to a movie, a ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
  • Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself and let others help you.
  • Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly “snap out of” your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
  • Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
  • Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
  • Continue to educate yourself about depression.
Treatment for Depression is often a combination of Medication Therapy and some form of Psychotherapy. Medication therapy is usually managed by a psychiatrist or your primary care provider. Medications all work differently on different people, your healthcare provider will work to adjust and find the medication that allows the greatest benefit for you. It is imperative you talk to someone about how you are feeling and most beneficial is a mental health professional, however, in addition to talking to a mental health professional, support groups and talking with friends and family also may help.
Patient  Resources:

Dealing with Depression.pdf

Keep Your Sunny Side Up by MHNET.pdf

Free Depression Support Group in OKC:
Held by Mental Health Association Oklahoma. This group gives those battling depression a place to talk through their struggles and provides opportunities to learn from others engaged in the recovery process. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. Location: 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. For more information about their depression support group, please call 918.585.1213 or visit link below.
Reference Links:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
National Depression and Manic-Depressive Association website, contains information on support groups, success stories, advocacy, clinical trials, and much more.

Real Men, Real Depression
Great resource on men and depression developed by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Postpartum Support International
Great resource for mothers and families including extensive links to related resources
Includes an extensive list of topics related to bipolar disorder along with frequently asked questions.