Tips and Tricks to Help Improve Your Depression and Personal Hygiene
Written by Bridgette Koukos, MA, LCPC, NCC
Before diving into tips and tricks to improve personal hygiene, let's quickly review what depression is. Depression is a common mental health disorder and set of symptoms that may negatively affect how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression affects an estimated 1 in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. 1 in 6 people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression is a condition that can be treatable with either medication management via a prescribing physician and/or therapy/counseling treatment.
Depression can include, but is not limited to, feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, poor sleep patterns, as well as suicidal ideations. People who live with depression may find themselves engaging in behavioral patterns and avoiding certain tasks, both healthy and unhealthy. Many individuals with depression find that there are more days than not when they do not have the energy or motivation to shower, brush their teeth, change their underwear, tidy up the house, or wash a pile of dirty dishes. What are normal daily habits for others, can seem unobtainable for those with depression.
Here are some helpful tips and tricks that can help improve depression and poor hygiene.
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