With approximately 16.1 million American adults affected by depression in any given year, it’s an experience that is far more common than you may realize. Life with depression can mean many different things, but the one common denominator is the fact that it complicates our lives.
While treatment often requires professional assistance, there are ways to manage and deal with your disorder on a daily basis.
Whether you are diagnosed or not, life with depression is anything but easy. Mental illness has the ability to impact every area of our lives including our career, relationships, and more. If left to fester and take over our lives, it can tear us down and destroy everything that brings us joy in our lives. Hobbies and interests that once triggered passion and happiness are now meaningless as we find ourselves feeling lost and numb.
The good news is that depression is manageable. As Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and depressions researcher at Vanderbilt University explained, “Depression isn’t a natural consequence of living life; it’s an aberration that doesn’t have to be tolerated.” The management of your depression symptoms, however, are highly individual, influenced by your personality.
Check out this advice on how to deal with depression, according to your zodiac sign:
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You are driven in life by an internal fire, a passion for life that most can’t even begin to understand. If, however, someone tries to extinguish this fire or force you to ‘play it safe’, this will lead to feelings of being trapped and, ultimately, depression. The only way to fight this depression is to find a way to reignite this flame. Seek out opportunities to challenge yourself, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You will thrive off the adventure and excitement, bringing joy back into your life.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Stubborn and solid, you have worked hard to create stability in every area of your life both for yourself and those you love. When this stability is challenged, you will begin to feel as though your life is out of control, a feeling that will send you spiraling into a deep, dark hole. In order to climb out of this hole, you will need to focus on self-care, taking control of yourself, your emotions and your mental state. Draw yourself a bubble bath or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)
Highly excitable and incredibly curious, you’re always on the move. This is both a great opportunity and the means to your own self-destruction. Why? When you experience times of pain and heartbreak, you find it far easier to run away, distracting yourself with the next party or event, rather than dealing with it. This pain will add up over time, leading to your state of depression. The only way to break free is to face your past head on.
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You’re well-known for being the sensitive and compassionate zodiac sign, but that sensitivity has its price. You are highly susceptible to negative and difficult emotions, and this often leads to feelings of depression. How do you best manage and overcome this challenge? Look within yourself to find the strength to take control of your emotions. It sounds far easier than it actually is, but you have to trust that you are fully capable.
Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Confident and bold, you have worked hard to establish a public image that those around you admire. This public image, however, is your downfall as you refuse to allow anyone to see you struggle. You build barriers around your heart, hiding it away from the world, a decision that leaves you suffering in silence, alone in the darkness that is your depression. If you are going to manage this and break free, you must first learn to trust and be vulnerable, which is anything but an easy task.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
Your struggle with depression stems from the misconception that mental illness is a sign of weakness. Determined that you can handle anything, you assume that it could never impact you and if it does, it’s a failure of your own doing. These feelings of guilt only add to the negativity and pain that you are struggling with, driving you further into the darkness. You need to change your view of depression if you are going to manage it.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Unlike some of the other signs, you have a pretty firm grasp over your thoughts and how best to manage them. This empowers you to fight back, helping you to avoid depression in many cases. However, no one is immune. If you do feel these negative emotions entering into your life, only you have the power to break free. Reach out to friends, family and loved ones for a good conversation about something other than your struggles such as the latest current events, it will help you to clear and refocus your mind.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Intensely passionate, you feel everything at an incredibly deep level. This means that even the slightest of negative feelings can quickly spiral into full-blown depression. Rather than dealing with this struggle head-on, you then turn to sex in an effort to distract yourself. This is only a Band-Aid solution, a quick fix that won’t hold long-term. You need to stand up and take control of your life, your thoughts and your feelings once again if you are going to free yourself from this depression. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Ever the optimist, you refuse to allow any negativity around you to tear you down if at all avoidable. This is an incredibly healthy outlook on life, one that will help you to avoid depression in 99.9% of situations. If you do find yourself faced with the .1%, rest assured that it won’t last long as long as you continue to embrace your natural optimism. You just have to keep plugging forward. You’ve got this!
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Highly intellectual and fact driven, you are determined to understand each and every detail of everything that you do, or you refuse to act. You firmly believe that, with the right information, you can control every situation and individual that you encounter. However, life is anything but predictable, and any illusion of control is merely that, an illusion. This, combined with your tendency to deny all emotion, will create the perfect storm. You are the zodiac sign that will struggle the most with depression. You can still manage this, but only if you are willing to let go and step outside of your comfort zone.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You pride yourself in your individuality and unique take on the world that we live in, refusing to conform to society’s demands. This is your greatest strength, allowing you to stand out from all others, however, it is also your greatest weakness. How so? By trying so hard to be one-of-a-kind, you effectively isolate yourself from everyone else around you. This leaves you lonely and misunderstood. The key to managing your depression is simply to create true, meaningful connections with others.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The only way to manage depression in your life is to first accept that you are a natural people pleaser. Always determined to put everyone else ahead of yourself, you will sacrifice your own happiness if you believe it’s necessary. Living your life constantly in this way, living a life of martyrdom, will drive you straight into a state of depression. You need to find a balance between the happiness of others and your own mental and emotional well-being. Prioritize yourself once in a while.