First off, you are not alone. One in Ten people are affected by depression. That’s nearly 15 Million adults in the US alone.
Secondly… you CAN be treated
Don’t try to tough it out. Make an appointment with a doctor or therapist.
What causes depression?
There are numerous reasons people feel depressed and everyone is different. Sharing your feelings with your primary care provider can start the healing process.
Indications of depression:
Treating Depression… the good news.
Everyone feels sad sometimes. Depression is when those feelings get so intense that you feel hopeless, helpless or worthless for longer than a few days. Sometimes you also may have trouble concentrating or sleeping and you may feel incredibly tired all the time.
The first step is to share these feelings with your primary care provider. In many cases, hormone levels such as produced by the thyroid gland can be the culprit. A simple blood test can be conducted to avoid misdiagnosis.
Medication and or therapy also help many patients. Some studies have found that combining therapy with medication works better than medication alone.
If you ever think about hurting yourself, get help IMMEDIATELY. Call your doctor or an emergency hotline or go to the ER right away.
The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you’ll be able to manage the feelings of sadness or fatigue that seem overwhelming right now.
Just know these things…
We are here to help!