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  • Health Awareness Series: October 2016 - Depression

    October 27, 2016

    What is depression?
    Everyone feels sad at times; but, when that sadness won’t go away and it affects your everyday life, it may be time to do something about it. If you feel deeply sad almost every day for two weeks or more you may be depressed. Depression is a real illness that can be treated.

    How do you know if you are depressed?
    Here are some common signs of depression:

    • Feeling sad or anxious much of the time
    • Feeling guilty, worthless, helpless and hopeless
    • Loss of interest in your normal activities
    • Feeling tired, having less energy
    • Trouble sleeping: waking early, or sleeping too much
    • A change in your eating habits or weight changes
    • Thoughts of 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, changing where you live
    • Stress or trauma
    • Being lonely, 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.  
    • 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 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”: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml


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