Actor and comedian Robin Williams died from what Marin County Sheriff's Office is ruling an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Williams, 63, was found unresponsive Monday morning around noon and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Williams had recently been battling severe depression, his publicist said in a statement. The comedian had also been very open about his struggles with alcohol and cocaine addiction over the years.
Do you have a friend or family member suffering from depression? Here are some tips to help them cope with the condition.
1. Exercise can help with depression
Several reports indicate that simple walking may help fight the symptoms of depression. According to the researchers, one does not have to run a marathon, but a brisk stroll is just as effective.
The great thing about exercise is that it can be done by everyone and incurs no financial cost. It is relatively easy to incorporate exercise into a daily routine for a boost of endorphins.
Researchers suggest that people should first determine what type of outdoor activity they like and adopt a regular exercise program. While walking is the easiest, others recommend activities include gardening, cycling or even swimming.
To further enhance the benefits of exercise, people are encouraged to exercise with others as this tends to strengthen social networks and provides an opportunity to talk or discuss other issues.
2. Music can improve your mood
It is widely acknowledged that music can have a profound effect on people’s moods, although science is still trying to figure out why.
for depression, music can be used as a light to help ease things. Certain words or melodies can bring back pleasant memories and sufferers can capitalize on those types of songs. At the same time, a person can also recognize when to avoid certain songs or types of music that might deepen their feelings of sadness.
Approximately 121 million people suffer from depression world-wide. Music is readily available in a variety of forms and methods. While it cannot be deemed a cure, it’s seemingly natural effect on a person’s mind can be used to help things seem a little more okay and induce hope when all other methods fail.
3. Beat depression by getting a routine
Depression can take structure away from life. Days can turn into weeks, and weeks can turn into months. Slowly routines fade away. Setting a routine in place can help get back to normal.
Start with the simple tasks. It can be as simple as getting out of bed and having breakfast. Each day, add a task or two to the list.
4. Do something new to help battle depression
When depression hits, it’s good to think outside of the box when looking for help. For some, this means trying something different. Try volunteering, picking up a new book, starting a new hobby or joining a community program. Not only can this be fun, it also opens up the possibilities of meeting new people.
5. Learn what you can about depression
To help fight depression, learn about it. The more you know, the better your ability to help set yourself (or a loved one) on the right path to wellness. Start by reading questions and articles related to depression in our community.
6. Discuss depression treatment options with your doctor
Some have reported great improvement with medication to treat their depression. However, these medications also come with a long list of side effects (including suicidal thoughts). Be aware that many medications can help relieve some depression symptoms, but are not always ideal for long-term use. It is best to discuss options with your doctor and reach out often for reevaluation of these treatment options as depression symptoms can change.
How do you cope with depression? Let us know in the comments below.