Depression, Anxiety, and Life’s Ups and Downs

Life is difficult for everyone at times. However, anxiety and depression can make life’s many changes considerably more difficult.

Depression and anxiety inaccurately color one’s circumstances, making a situation seem more difficult or stressful than it should be. Even at happy times, anxious thoughts torment the mind with visions of what could go wrong.

Among the many life events that can aggravate a mental health condition, the most common include:

  • Major upheavals. A job loss, job change, or relocation can create a sense of instability or grief for how things used to be.
  • Death. The loss of a loved one is always a devastating experience, but those dealing with mental illness often lack the capacity to cope effectively with their bereavement.
  • Holidays. Time spent with family can stir up old resentments, especially with estranged loved ones.

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Coping Methods for Life’s Ups and Downs


When life becomes busier, more stressful, or otherwise more difficult, maintaining your depression treatmentcan become more complicated. However, preserving your wellbeing is the most important thing you can do to weather whatever challenges come your way.

In addition to continuing with your existing course of therapy and medication, a few additional techniques can help you manage the high and low points in life. These include:

Write something. When emotions run high, verbalizing your thoughts and emotions can be difficult. However, writing them down allows you the opportunity to articulate what you’re experiencing without worrying about what anyone else may think.

Say something. Talk with someone you trust about what you’re experiencing, such as your therapist or a friend or family member. He or she can help you view your situation from a different perspective.

Do something. Consider what is causing you the most stress and take a step – however small – to address it. This could mean anything from packing a moving box to calling a loved one with whom you’ve had a quarrel.

If you are struggling with severe depression and anxiety, mental health treatment at Bridges to Recovery can help you get a new lease on life. Contact us today to learn more about our residential treatment options.

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