complaining. While gratitude is an important part of healing, this post is very misled and shares great deal of incorrect information.
As I read the post, I felt an overwhelming concern over someone believing this to be true of their situation, but even more so that it is out for others to read and perhaps question their own feelings of depression. It then occurred to me that there are many people who don’t understand depression and how life is affected by depression. There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet about depression and treatment for depression, but even with this information, it is difficult to understand. It is my hope that this post can help to understand depression a bit better. These are some common questions about depression.
What is depression?
Depression is a term we use to describe various feelings and experiences. Depression is a very real, very common illness. A person can be diagnosed with a depressive disorder, based on a variety of different symptoms and severity of those factors. Your specific case is best discussed with a trained mental health or medical professional.
Depression is not “made up” or “just in your head”. Depression is not something a person can “just get over”. And complaining (or the lack thereof) is not a symptom of depression.
How would I know if I am depressed?
Again, your specific situation is best discussed with a trained professional, but you may experience feelings of sadness, trouble sleeping, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. You may have changes in your appetite. You may not want to get up and go to work. There may be times when you wonder if life is worth living. You may even feel suicidal.
Will I need medication?
There are a lot of factors that go into making the decision to begin medication for depression. These factors may include the specific symptoms you are experiencing, how long this has gone on, how severe, as well as your past treatments. Scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist will help you make the best decision. If you are prescribed medication, be sure to follow the directions for how to take the medication and don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first.
Can I get better from depression?
Yes! There are many options to help depression and people do get better and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
What can I do to help depression?
There are many effective treatments for depression. Have a healthy support system, see a mental health therapist, psychiatrist, or your primary care doctor, stay active, practice good self care habits. There are many things you can do to help. Take your time and learn what works best for you. Your therapist will be able to help you with this.
Where can I go for help?
There are many resources for help with depression. Phoenix Rising Counseling Center is here to help people local to the Dallas, GA area. If you are in another location, search google for your local community mental health provider. You can also search through Psychology Today for a provider in your area. You can talk with your primary care doctor for a referral or recommendations. Turn to your current support system if you are having trouble finding a therapist.