• Health Awareness Series: June 2018 - Depression

    Date: 6/27/2018 01:37:21 PM

    What is depression?

    Depression is a real illness that can be treated. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, and you can’t just “snap out of it.” Everyone feels sad at times; but, when that sadness won’t go away and you feel deeply sad almost every day for two weeks or more, you might be depressed. If this mood affects your daily life, it may be time to do something about it.

    How do you know if you are depressed?

    Some common signs of depression include:

    • Feeling sad or anxious much of the time
    • Feeling guilty, worthless, helpless and hopeless
    • Losing interest in your normal activities
    • Feeling tired, having less energy
    • Having trouble sleeping: waking early, or sleeping too much
    • Seeing a change in your eating habits or weight
    • Thinking about harming yourself

    Why does a person feel depressed?

    There are many reasons you may feel depressed, including:

    • It runs in the family
    • Major life changes such as death, loss of a job, childbirth, moving
    • Stress or trauma
    • Being lonely or having little contact with other people

    How can depression be treated?

    There are two major ways to treat depression: talk therapy and medicine.

    • Talk therapy is when a person talks with a trained expert about his or her thoughts. The trained expert can be a psychologist or psychiatrist (a doctor with special training in mental health), or a licensed social worker.  
    • There are many types of medicine that a doctor can give you. You may have to try a few to find one that works for you.

    Remember that there is no shame in being depressed. It is a treatable illness like many others.

    Get help early!

    Sources:

    National Institute of Mental Health. “Depression”:

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