DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION

If you think you, or someone you know, might be suffering from depression, read on.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION

• Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by a inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

• In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a lost energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

• Something that can happen to anybody.

• Not a sign or weakness.

WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU THINK YOU ARE DEPRESSED

• Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better after talking to someone who cares about them.

• Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.

• Remember that with the right help, you can get better.

• Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy when you were well.

• Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.

• Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.

• Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.

• Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.

• Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.

• If you feel suicidal. Contact someone for help immediately.

REMEMBER…

Depression can be treated with talk therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these. If you think you have depression, seek help.

Promoting and Restoring Emotional Wellness

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