Getting Help for Depression
Depression is a medical illness that causes ongoing feelings of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too.
Depression affects how you feel, think, and act, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may even make you feel as if life isn't worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply "snap out" of. Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment, like diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s important not to get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, counseling, or other treatment.
If you think you may be depressed, take the first step and make an appointment with your doctor. He or she can make an accurate diagnosis and work with you to develop a treatment plan.
In severe cases, depression can be life threatening. If you are thinking about suicide or have thoughts of harming yourself, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), TTY line: 800-799-4889.