You may be aware that depression is a common disorder, but did you know that of the 19 million adult Americans affected by it, only about one-third get the necessary treatment? Don’t let people in your community slip through the cracks – teach them about depression and the many tools and resources available to help them heal from it.
Are You Depressed or Just Feeling Down?Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and handle everyday life. It is more than just feeling down from time to time, which is a normal part of daily life. When feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness and despair don’t go away, and it seems impossible just to get through the day, you may have depression. If your depression seriously interferes with your ability to live your day-to-day life, you need professional treatment – especially if you are having suicidal thoughts or behaving dangerously.
You Can Heal from DepressionMost types of depression are treated by using psychotherapies (e.g., talk therapy) and medications such as antidepressants. There are many approaches to treatment; do research and question the potential provider to make sure he or she is a good match for your needs. Some types of professional providers to choose from:
- Social workers
- Mental health counselors
Don’t Resist Counseling!You may think you can deal with your problems on your own, that you’ll feel better in time or that no one can help you. Here’s the reality:
- If you were able to deal with your problems and your feelings, you probably would have already done so.
- If you have been feeling depressed for more than two weeks, you will likely become more depressed as time passes.
- Feeling helpless and hopeless are symptoms of depression and not evidence that you can’t get better. Professionals have specialized training and spent years learning how to help you get better.