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About Depression

Depression is treatable.
You can feel better and live well.

Every year, approximately one out of four American adults will experience at least one major depressive episode. 

The vast majority of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms - usually within four to six weeks - after beginning medication, psychotherapy, peer support, or a combination of these (and other) treatment approaches. 

 
What is Depression?

Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. Often characterized by intensity and duration (of at least two weeks), some common signs and symptoms of depression may include:

Emotional
  • Sadness

  • Anxiety

  • Guilt

  • Anger

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

Cognitive
  • Self-criticism

  • Impaired memory

  • Indecisiveness

  • Confusion

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Physical
  • Chronic fatigue

  • Lack of energy

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Loss of motivation

  • Substance use

Behavioral
  • Withdrawal from others

  • Neglect of responsibilities

  • Changes in personal appearance

  • Self-harm

 
Some Educational & Inspiring Videos 
Some Helpful & Thought-Provoking Articles 
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New York Times Article by Nancy Wartik
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UGA Today Interview with
Rosalyn Campbell
Huffington Post Article by Stefanie Glick
What to do if you think you may be experiencing depression...

Isolation - and silence and secrecy - will make symptoms worse.  And people recover faster when they are supported by others who believe in their ability to feel better and thrive.

 

So don't go through it alone! 

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To get the help you want and need, consider any or all of these suggestions:

  • Attend a LiveWell support group today 

  • Talk to your primary care (or other) physician

  • Find a mental health professional in your area or online

  • Google 'depression support group' in your area

  • Start educating yourself.  Knowledge is power!

  • Ask someone you trust to help you find support

 
Related Resources
 

"I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is you're not alone."

― Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson