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5 Surprising Ways Depression 
Impacts Mental Health 

It's no secret that mental health is impacted by depression, an illness that affects about 40 million people in the U.S.  But what you may not know are the surprising side effects of having depression

#1  Too Much Shuteye

If you're battling with depression, then you know that a good night’s sleep can be a rare thing indeed. According to this study, insomniacs were 10 times more likely to develop depression than people without sleeping problems. 


5 Ways Depression Impacts Mental Health
5 Ways Depression Impacts Mental Health

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On the flip side, getting too much sleep can be just as bad as having insomnia. Developing good sleep hygiene is crucial for getting more energy throughout the day and boosting your mood. 

Here are a few sleep better tips:

  • If you tend to oversleep, set an alarm clock for 7 or 8 hours. 
  • Try to stick to a constant bedtime. 
  • Don’t go to sleep too late.  Stick to a bedtime around 10-11pm. 

Read this article for more tips on better sleep.

#2  Angry Outbursts

Here’s a fact that may surprise you.  Anger has a strong link to mental health and depression.  A person dealing with depression may use anger to cover up or deal with feelings of fear, anxiety, hurt, and sadness. 

Not treating depression may feed feelings of anger and vice versa.  Use these tips to erase anger from the equation.

#3 Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

When you're depressed feelings of self-pity, worthlessness and guilt often keep company with sadness, worry and various other symptoms. 

Not meeting a goal or making a mistake may make you feel like a "loser" or a bad person. 

This is the depression speaking.

Talk therapy is great for addressing the causes that make you have unwarranted, guilty feelings about yourself.

#4  Desire To Harm Yourself

Self-harm is one way many choose to deal with the pain that accompanies depression.  

Here are a few ways someone may choose to injure themselves.

•cutting or severely scratching the skin
•burning or scalding oneself

•hitting oneself

•punching things, throwing one’s body against hard objects

•sticking objects into one’s skin

•intentionally preventing wounds from healing such as picking scabs off of a cut

•swallowing poisonous substances 

If you purposely harm yourself as a way of dealing with depression, please know that there is hope.  You can stop hurting yourself and regain control of your life by adopting healthy ways to deal with your pain.  This article shows you how.

#5 Eating Your Feelings

Binge eating is another way depression affects mental health.  Those who suffer from binge eating disorder struggle with regularly overeating, even when hunger isn't an issue.

Do you feel out of control when eating or feel disgusted or ashamed afterward?

Do you use food as a way of escaping feelings of sadness, worry, stress?  Or do you use food to comfort yourself? 

If this sounds like you, then binge eating disorder may be an issue.  But there's  good news.  This disorder is entirely treatable.  The first step though is to change your relationship with food completely.  This will be difficult considering you need this “drug” to survive.

But it can be done!


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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Week 1

This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

Week 3

This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

Week 4

This final week presents ways to reduce social media usage. Studies show that over consumption of social media contributes to anxiety and depression.

Click here to start this free e-course!