Valentine’s Day can be a troublesome day for those who have depression. It may be a day for some to celebrate, but it can seem heartbreaking and sad for others. For those who have depression, it may be a day that benefits of treatment. At Amatus Recovery Centers, we encourage you to reach out to our team now if the signs of depression are present.
Why Does Depression Happen on Valentine’s Day?
Depression can impact people any day of the year. Like Valentine’s Day, some holidays can lead to depressive symptoms for what they represent or what could occur on them. For some, this day comes with memories of what was loved and lost. For others, it may be a lack of having someone close in life. Still, others struggle with anxiety and hoping someone will respond to them favorably.
Take a moment to examine why Valentine’s Day depression is occurring. Then, think about what can be done to avoid it, such as:
- Leave behind old memories. Find something new to do on this day.
- Surround yourself with people who you love and love you.
- Don’t put pressure on the day or experience. No matter what you’re plans are, don’t worry about a specific outcome occurring. Live in the moment.
- Control negative thought patterns. Whether trauma or loss occur, think about good things instead, such as happy times.
- Keep the mind busy with doing something else not related to the holiday. Volunteer. Find a way to get help.
Don’t turn to alcohol or drugs. Using these substances to manage depression isn’t safe and can lead to addiction. It also doesn’t help improve the signs of depression. It may worsen them.
Avoiding Valentine’s Day may be the best step. Instead of focusing on what you do not have or feel, seek out something new to do. This may mean starting a new hobby or spending time with new friends. For others, entering into drug and alcohol treatment when needed or turning to a therapist to work through those challenges is the best option.
Know When You Need Help for Depression
When depression does not happen just on Valentine’s Day, it may be necessary to seek treatment. A person with the signs of depression may feel helpless and hopeless. It is more than just sadness, but a feeling of despair and that life will not get better. If you feel the signs of depression such as the following, seek help especially if they last:
- Emptiness, lack of value in life
- Sadness that doesn’t improve over time
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Using drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms
- Lacking interest in things they used to love
- Expressing feelings of death, dying, or wanting to engage in self-harm
How Depression Treatment Changes Futures
When Valentine’s Day is too difficult to celebrate due to past trauma or experiences, treatment can help. For those with depression, the holiday itself may not matter. It may be beneficial to seek help that can improve every day going forward. With medications and talk therapy available, our team at Amatus Recovery Centers provides help through a range of therapies. These treatments can teach you strategies for managing your symptoms while also creating new opportunities for enjoying life again. Learn more about our therapy, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Trauma therapy programs
- Substance abuse programs
Explore Treatment Today – Call Amatus Recovery Centers Today
Depression is a serious mental health disorder with treatment solutions. If this Valentine’s Day you don’t feel like engaging with others, determine if you have the signs of depression. If so, our team is here to help. Call Amatus Recovery Centers at 833.631.0525 or connect with our team now online.