Depression Help

Here you will find depression help. Whether your depression is a bi-product of an already underlying anxiety problem or your anxiety is a bi-product of your depression; depression and anxiety usually go hand and hand and it's important to recognize that the skills taught for anxiety will also help your depression.

According to the National Institute Of Mental Health: Depression is a common term that is used to describe sadness , low mood or emotional state, and/or the loss of pleasure. Everyone in their life will experience this type of depression at some point. However, when depressive feelings last longer than they should and are disruptive to an individual's social functioning or the activities of daily living it is considered a depressive disorder.

Symptoms of Depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of death ,dying ,suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Depression Help through CBT Therapy

Many of the same methods used to treat anxiety disorders also work for depression. CBT techniques (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) has also been proven to work for people who are suffering with mild to moderate forms of depression. Cognitive Behavioral therapy is one of the best depression help methods that can be done on your own. The Steps To Recovery offers methods you can use at home to help yourself. However, some more serious forms of this disorder require prompt medical attention. People that are unable to function normally in daily activities are advised to seek help from a qualified psychologist and/or they can obtain a list of qualifying providers through their primary care physician.

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▪ If you are thinking about harming yourself, or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately!

▪ Call your doctor.

▪ Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things.

▪ Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.

▪ Make sure you or the suicidal person is not left alone.

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