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Taking anti-depressants after divorce, unable to work due to injury

Asked by Female, 35, Single
Hi, To give you a background, i am born and bred in Bangalore, which is in the South of India! I live with my parents after my divorce, i was married in 2008 and got divorced in 2010. It was a short marriage of 7 months, i lived with my ex only for 7 months. Mainly due to imcompatibility and greed of my inlaws and no support from my former husband! I am on anti depressants from a couple of years now! I had been working till Sept,2016, had to quit due to a knee injury! I want to get over my depression, have been taken cognitive therapies, though would like to confess, I am not regular :) neither have I been writing my journal regularly :( Please guide me! Regards, Keeping hope alive :)
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Madhuri Mohan
Counselling Psychologist

Hi, It is great to see you "keeping hope alive" especially after all that you have been through. It is not an easy thing and it is understandable that you are going through depression. I am glad that you have been taking your medication but since you cannot to so anymore I would strongly suggest that you keep with the cognitive therapy and try and maintain your journal as often as possible. I know it is tough to keep this up and other things tend to take precedence. Coping with depression can be tough but there are simple ways you can do it apart from your therapy and journal keeping. 1. try and get in some amount of exercise every day - I know It is a painful task especially when you are feeling really low, but take this like a pill that you have to take without any choice. To help you motivate you, ask someone from your family or friends to accompany you to either a gym or for a walk. But Make sure you get at least 30 min of exercise in on a daily basis. 2. Set up a routine - Even though it is popular belief that routines are boring and makes people dull and sad. It is the opposite, when you set up a routine where you are doing some activity throughout the day, your mind is occupied and you won't have time to dwell on negative feelings. So set up a routine and keep your day packed with some activity. However, try to avoid stressful work as that can cause you to have negative emotions. Do the things you love to do, it could be a class you have been meaning to take, a movie you want to watch, some work that you want to do. Also, when you keep a routine, your sleep patterns are also regularized and this will help you in coping with your depression. 3. Finally, try and meet people (new friends or old friends) at least once a week. When you go out, you are dressing up and this will do wonders to boost your confidence and make you feel happy from the inside. So make sure you go out and remember to smile as often as possible. It is not easy to do this but try and make it a habit. :) These are just a few tips to help you cope with your depression. However, like I mentioned earlier, you need to go for your therapy and also maintain your journal. If you are looking for a psychologist to help you feel free to send e a message and we can discuss this further. :) Take care and Never let the hope die down. :) 

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