Taking these steps will help lift your mood

If you suffer from depression, you might feel helpless — and hopeless — when an episode begins. But you don’t have to surrender to it.

“While you can’t necessarily stop or cure depression, you can reduce the severity of an episode using effective, readily identifiable coping tools,” says psychologist Adam Borland, PsyD.

Here are his suggestions for fighting back when you feel depression coming on:

1. Learn your warning signs

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