Overcoming Obstacles in Early Recovery: Creating a Personal Healing Plan

Depression is a common yet potentially incapacitating mental health disorder that affects over 16 million adults in the United States annually. Because of it, millions of our friends, coworkers, and loved ones suffer in silence — and sometimes even we do too. Despite its prevalence and potential severity, depression is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and underappreciated. Research has repeatedly shown that many who suffer from depression do not seek out the resources required to recover.

 

Depression is most commonly treated with medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. There are also alternative approaches. We recommend creating your own custom Personal Healing Plan (PHP).  It’s a way of adding focus and thought throughout your journey to recovery. Here’s how to start a Personal Healing Plan.

To begin, we recommend you start with the following 4 steps:

  1. If you have not already, take the 2 Minute Mind Check to see where you stand on the depression scale.

  2. Read the 15-Step Depression Survival Guide.

  3. Build your team of health professionals, friends, and loved ones to support and advise you in your treatment and recovery.

  4. Find a therapist via the recommendation of your physician, through your employer-provided health insurance plan, or by using (Psychology Today or the AADA.)

Remember that help and support are always available. For those seeking immediate, live assistance, San Francisco’s Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line can provide emotional support and information on mental health resources. It can be dialed at 1-855-845-7415 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Explore our Personal Healing Plan resources and take the first step in your recovery today!

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