If you feel sad and hopeless, and these feelings won't go away, you may have depression. Depression is a real illness. For most people, it doesn't get better on its own. But it can get better with treatment. You may not feel comfortable telling your doctor you are depressed. But the truth is, it's probably easier than you think. Just follow these steps.
Depression is a serious mental health condition that can be diagnosed in someone who experiences symptoms such as extreme sadness every day for at least two weeks. The symptoms of depression will eventually take a toll on a person's everyday life, so it's important to seek help from a mental health professional.
If you've recently experienced a major change in your life, you may struggle emotionally. Things like the death of a loved one, a move to a new town or a retirement can all trigger feelings of loss. Loss can be painful and overwhelming. But there are ways to cope with these feelings.
If you lose someone or something you love, you feel unhappiness and pain. These feelings can overwhelm you. We call this "grief." Everyone experiences and responds to grief in their own way. If you're finding your grief hard to handle, it's important to talk to your doctor about it. Here are some tips to help you open up.
The bonds we share with our friends and loved ones help us thrive. But what happens when we don't have enough of these connections? What happens when we don't feel like we are part of a community? We become lonely. And this loneliness can harm your health.
This is a form of long-term depression. We also call it "chronic depression." It can make you feel sad or irritable on most days, and this mood can last for years. With this form of depression, your feelings are milder than they are in someone who has major depression.
Treatment & Management
Depression is a serious mental health condition that if left untreated can result in serious health problems, and in some cases, suicide. It's important to know the symptoms, whether or not you have any risk factors for depression and when to seek help.
Clinical depression can be treated and managed through a combination of medication and therapy that's personalized to the patient. The process of finding the right kind of antidepressant and medication dosage can take some time and it may take several weeks for a person with depression to feel the full effects.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a term for a variety of treatment techniques designed to help a person identify and change negative emotions. Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional. There are several types, including cognitive behavioral therapy, which is the most common psychotherapy used to treat depression.
Making healthy lifestyle changes can help in treatment for depression, along with medication and therapy. Things like healthy eating, exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and meditation can help relieve some of the symptoms of depression and keep depressive episodes from happening.
We all struggle with negative feelings now and then. Frustration, boredom, loneliness - these are all part of being human. The one thing we're all looking for is happiness. And that means something different for each of us. Here's where you can look for your own happiness.
Everybody feels blue or sad sometimes. Depression is more than just feeling sad. When you are depressed you lose interest in activities, and you may feel overwhelmed, agitated or isolated. You may feel like things will never get better. Don't wait for depression to go away, Speak Up and get the help you need!