The term “depression” can mean different things to different people. At times it is used to describe an emotional response that is within the normal range of human emotion. At other times, it is used to describe something much more serious. The answer to you question very much depends on where your symptoms lie on this continuum. You can do many things to help with “normal” range depression. With this type of depression, symptoms are not quite severe enough to be interfering with every day functioning. The key to managing this is to maintain your routine - keep going to work/school, socialise with friends, and keep doing all those things that you enjoy. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and eat well and exercise regularly. You can also try meditation, as relaxation is very important. Think about what is happening in your life, and write down some goals - things that you would like to change. Start small, and reward yourself when you achieve each goal.
On the other hand, if your symptoms are beginning to impact on your life and relationships in a negative way, and/or if you have a history of depression, I would always recommend that you talk to your local GP. They may or may not recommend medication, but a referral to a clinical psychologist would help you learn ways to manage your symptoms. Think of it like learning a new set of skills! What you learn in a few sessions, you take with you for the rest of your life!
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