Young adults experience mental health issues like depressive disorders just like older adults. Young adults may even be more at risk for developing depressive issues if they live alone or are subjected to other risks. Depression in young adults is something that is treatable with individualized treatment programs like the ones available at Yellowbrick Program. But, there are also some things that young adults can do in their daily lives that can help improve symptoms of depressive disorders.
Being able to identify signs and symptoms of depression can help young adults better understand if they should get help. And, learn about activities in which they can utilize that can help to manage depressive symptoms. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of depression in young adults include:
While treatment is effective, changing routines and focusing on healthy activities can help young adults who are struggling with depression manage some of their symptoms. Some activities that young adults can do that may combat symptoms of depressive disorders include:
Nature can evoke feelings of mindfulness, which is the practice of staying in the present moment. There’s something about nature that pulls us into the present and allows us to focus on how we feel and what we’re thinking at each moment. This can help people who are struggling with depression learn how to accept what they are feeling so they can move forward. To get outside more often and immerse yourself in nature, plan more walks, bike rides, and time in the garden.
Writing can be a good way to explore how you’re feeling and put it all out there without having to go to therapy or having to open up to people in your inner circle too much. Being vulnerable about your thoughts and feelings can be a therapeutic tool and help you manage the symptoms of depression that you’re experiencing. It can also be a good tool to help you learn what alternative coping strategies you can use in your daily life.
Exercise is a great way to help people living with mental health issues to better manage moods, so it can be helpful for young adults who are living with depressive disorders. You don’t have to have a bodybuilder’s exercise routine, but it can be helpful to go on more walks, get involved in community sports, or so swimming more often.
If you or a loved one is a young adult living with depression, sometimes, implementing healthy activities isn’t enough to manage depressive symptoms. In these cases, it’s best to get help from mental health treatment professionals. There are a number of programs and treatment approaches that can help people living with depression manage symptoms and learn how to develop and practice healthy coping skills.
Yellowbrick specializes in mental health treatment programs for young adults living with mental health issues, including depressive disorders. Learn more about our treatment opportunities that are geared towards the needs of young adults on our website.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.