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Understanding and Coping with Depression

Managing Depression When You Have PTSD


Updated December 03, 2010

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PTSD and depression frequently occur together. In and of themselves, the symptoms of depression can be very difficult to manage. However, they may be even more difficult to cope with when you are already attempting to deal with symptoms of PTSD.

Fortunately, there are a number of coping skills that may be helpful in managing the symptoms of depression. However, before you can begin coping with the symptoms of depression, you need to first understand what the symptoms of depression are and their relationship to PTSD. The articles below are designed to help you better understand and cope with the symptoms of depression.

The Relationship between PTSD and Depression

Of all the disorders, depression is one disorder that most commonly occurs among people with PTSD. In fact, studies have found that almost half of people who have had PTSD have also experienced depression. This article presents some basic information on depression, as well as ways in which PTSD and depression may be connected.

Experiencing Guilt

Many trauma survivors experience guilt, and guilt is also a common symptom of depression. Learn more about guilt and why trauma survivors may be more likely to experience this emotion. This article also presents information on the consequences of guilt and ways of coping with guilt.

Thoughts of Suicide

Thoughts of suicide are another common symptom of depression and PTSD. Here you can learn more about the connection between the experience of a traumatic event and suicide, as well as where you can turn for help if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems are often experienced by people with PTSD, as well as by people who are depressed. Learn about different types of sleep problems and what may cause them in this article. The negative consequences of not getting enough sleep are also presented.

Emotion Regulation Skills

With depression come some very intense and unpleasant emotions, such as guilt and sadness. These emotions can be very difficult to manage. Fortunately, there are effective and healthy ways of managing your emotions. Some of these skills are presented here.

Engaging in Positive Activities

When people are depressed, they often experience a decrease in their motivation to engage in positive and pleasurable activities. However, when you are depressed, it is very important to be active and increase contact with positive activities. This can prevent a depression from getting worse or it may even alleviate your depression.

Improving Your Self-Esteem

People who are depressed often feel worthless and have low self-esteem. Fortunately, there are skills specifically focused on increasing your self-esteem. One such skill is the use of positive self-statements or positive affirmations. More information on this coping skill is presented here.

Recognizing Your Accomplishments

Another way to lift a depression and improve your self-esteem is by recognizing positive things that you have accomplished. One way this can be done is by keeping a positive self-statement log. This is a pretty easy thing to do and the impact on your mood can be great.

Recognizing and Changing Negative Thoughts

If you have ever been depressed, you know that intense negative thoughts frequently occur in depression. Recognizing and changing negative thoughts can be an important skill to have because how you evaluate and think can affect your mood. Learn how to identify and address unhealthy thoughts, and in doing so, improve your mood.

Coping with Thoughts of Suicide

When you experience suicidal thoughts, it is important to address them immediately. Learn some ways to cope with these thoughts in this article.
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