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.
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