How to Deal with Depression After a Break Up


Although depression is a condition that can hit even the happiest of individuals, it has a tendency to creep up or inevitably strike with full-force when a person is going through a particular series of hardships. Whenever a person reaches that unavoidable pitfall in life, whether personal or professional, depression seems to seep in and, if it remains untreated, tends to take a turn for the worst.

While both personal and professional problems can cause depression to set in, personal problems seem to hit future depression sufferers a little harder because of their dual impact. Whereas professional problems are difficult to deal with but can be overcome with the love and support of a significant other, personal problems (i.e. break ups) rob a person of the one person they would typically express their feelings to. Thus, a whole new quandary is created because a person who as just broken up with their significant other no long has that person to confide in about the terrible feelings and emotions they’re going through.

Dealing with depression is always extremely tough, and requires a lot delicacy and finesse from whoever is trying to help – be it family or friends. The key thing to remember is to not make a villain out of the former significant other, because in their fragile state, the person who you are trying to cheer up may get defensive and isolate themselves from others altogether. It is most difficult to hear about a former significant other in the period immediately after a break up, and thus, it’s best to avoid the topic entirely when dealing with someone who is mildly depressed because of a breakup.

Rather, the most crucial thing to do is to help the broken up depression sufferer regain some semblance of regular life. Encourage them to eat right, exercise and immerse themselves in activities that they once derived joy from. Persuade the person to engage in activities that allow themselves to be surrounded by others, because the best way to get over someone is invariably getting back onto the horse.

Depression is tough no matter what, but depression stemming from break ups can be more or less easy to fix so long as it’s handled the right way from the very beginning.

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