Peretto 1Stress is something all Americans deal with on a regular basis; it is unavoidable. Whetherit’s our job, finances, family crises, or health issues, it often feels like a great weight is on ourshoulders hindering us from living the way we all want to; comfortably. I personally have a fewsources of stress that I know have affected me greatly in the past. On the flip side, I also havelearned some stress management strategies from a few different sources.The first stressor in my life, and the biggest and most glaring, is my depression. Eversince I was a little girl I have dealt with the feeling of hopelessness, have had little to no energy,and felt as though I didn’t have any self-worth. Finding the right medication for someone whohas depression can take a very long time as there are many different types and each one cansometimes take up to eight weeks to fully take effect. So, these symptoms can be present for a lotlonger than anyone would like. In turn, the symptoms make things like school and work verystressful; not having the physical or mental energy to finish homework until the day that it is due,then worrying about the grade that will be given, knowing it will probably be bad, and it’s allbecause you feel like you just can’t get it together. In customer service jobs, just having theenergy to be nice to a rude customer is something that a person with depression is sometimes justunable to do. This can lead to being disciplined and in the absolute worst case, the loss of the job.It truly is a vicious cycle.Throughout the years, I have learned many valuable techniques to help deal with mydepression. The first one being sticking it out and finally getting on the right medication. I amvery fortunate to have found a nurse practitioner that I really like. I started seeing her when I was13 years old, so she knows me very well. Working with her, we were able to find the rightmedications; I’m on two different kinds to manage my symptoms.
Peretto 2Taking the medications as they are prescribed is essential. What works for me is to putthem in a pill planner on my nightstand and take them right before I go to bed. It has taken