What are tricks against anxiety and/or depression?

Matthew Johnstone writes and draws in his work, The Black Dog” impressivehow he experiences depression, how he then acts as a deprsiver on others and what helps him to put this “”black dog on a leash”.

He lists the following aid measures, I would not speak of tricks here:

  • Get professional help: family doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselling centre, social workers…
  • Evt.

medications are useful if expertly prescribed and accompanied, do not take anything unattended and without specialist pre-breeding.

  • The sick man should inform friends & family about his illness, it is liberating…
  • Learn to relax and find peace
  • Sport, exercise – especially if you don’t feel like it and want to hide.
  • Keep emotional diary, with a scale – i.S.v. How bad is it today?
  • When all these measures are in place, they say with confidence: the black dog days will pass.
  • He describes depression as a serious disease, which unfortunately can also lead to suicide.If depression is recognized as such and accepted as a diagnosis, he proposes the following emergency measures for bad sinkers:

    • The sick man should be scourge to say it immediately when he realizes that he is in a violent downward spiral.

    So don’t wait any longer. A scale of values, 1-10, helps for the presentation.

  • This call for help goes to confidants, such as close friends or relatives.
  • In case of emergency, the attending physician should be available by telephone.
  • The patient should also be able to prepare for a possible hospital stay and, like a mature adult, also inform himself how such a referral could happen and which clinic it would be.
  • Then M. J. lists For the relatives of people suffering from depression, the following tips are available:

    • He lists conspicuous behavioral symptoms that might indicate this disease (learn to understand signs).
    • Relatives should take allusions to “walking” and “”no longer be there or want to live” seriously.
    • Appeasements, exhortations or accusations are not helpful.
    • Convulsion attempts to encourage also do not help, but consideration and kindness already.
    • Listening often helps.


  • Gently tell how to feel & feel about whether you could suggest a doctor’s visit,
  • Go to the doctor if the patient wants to.
  • Relieving in everyday life, but not doing everything for him (self-respect, self-esteem).
  • Stimulate to make sports.
  • Develop strategies together with the patient to avoid stress, to reduce it.
  • Build a social network as a safe line so that someone always comes by every day and says hello, drinks coffee.
  • Create a personal box or diary with things in it that remind you of the beautiful – tailored to the patient.
  • And accept “the black dog” of the sick relative or friend (would then be the third part of the book).
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