Depression is common.

Some people might be concerned about being labeled with clinical depression; and for any other mental disorders for that matter. There are different types of depression. You might have situational depression over a recent relationship break-up, the end of your job, career change, relationship problems, death of a loved one, among others.

When someone has major depression, they are experiencing multiple symptoms and typically have been experiencing them over a long period of time. Below are some examples of depression:

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When someone is experiencing long-term depression, it is best to seek medical attention and receive an evaluation. People usually seek out a psychiatrist and some people defer to their primary care physician, who might also prescribe medication. When you can’t find your way to seeing a psychiatrist, a primary care physician could be the next best avenue. Psychiatrists have the necessary training, practical experience and have the degree.

However,  a lot of people are afraid to see a psychiatrist. Why? Lots of reasons. Some people might be afraid of what the psychiatrist might say, or diagnose them with. Psychiatrists are MDs… a medical doctor. Addressing your mental health is just as important as addressing your physical health. If you broke your arm, you would probably be finding yourself on the way to a hospital to be seen by a medical doctor and have your arm looked at. The medical doctor will assess and treat you and then your arm will be in a healing process.

Same goes for mental health.

A psychiatrist can assess your mental health, make a diagnosis and treat you accordingly. That’s what they do. Some people might say, “A psychiatrist will only put me on medication and I don’t want to use medication”. Some people don’t want to see a psychiatrist in fear of receiving a diagnosis. Some of these people might be too anxious and scared to deal with their mental health problems. As in your medical health, early detection is best. Working with a psychotherapist can assist with fears of seeing a psychiatrist.

If you broke your arm, you wouldn’t leave it broke, would you?

For people who don’t take medication, studies over the years have shown that exercise can improve your mood for low to moderate depression. Working out, physical activity like riding a bike or going for walks can elevate your mood as you will see in the article below.

But you have to actually do the exercise!

If possible, I recommend a personal trainer to help motivate you to do the exercise, properly monitor your progress and assist you with obtaining your goals.

It comes down to what you put in is what you get out. It is important to address your mental health needs. If you don’t deal with your problems, your problems will deal with you.

Healing depression through exercise: