Depression For Dummies
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Everyone experiences bad moods from time to time. A bad mood isn't the same thing as depression. Bad moods are transient, and they lift after a while. However, here are a few things you can do for a simple bad mood.

  • Get moving. Almost any aerobic activity can alleviate a bad mood. Dance, run, or play. Get that heart pounding.

  • Be grateful. Make a list of what you feel grateful for. Bad moods may make you forget the good things in your life. Spend a few minutes considering life's gifts, from small to large.

  • Don't catastrophize. Realize that everyone feels a little low once in a while.

  • Help someone. Focusing on helping another person is one of the best ways to overcome a lousy mood. It's a great antidote for dwelling on your own misfortune.

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Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. She is the coauthor of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, among other books. Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. He is the coauthor of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, among other books.

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