GET INSPIRED BY THESE WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPOKEN OUT ABOUT LIVING WELL WITH DEPRESSION...
DEPRESSION IS TREATABLE. PEOPLE DO RECOVER AND LIVE WELL.
Every year, approximately one out of five 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, support groups, or a combination of these (and other) approaches.
WHAT CAN DEPRESSION FEEL AND LOOK LIKE?
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:
5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DEPRESSION
Myth #1. Depression affects everyone the same way, and all people are overwhelmingly sad.
Myth #2. Being positive will help you "snap out of it," or make your depression go away.
Myth #3. Talking about it will only make it worse.
Myth #4. Getting help is a huge, lifelong commitment.
Myth #5. Depression only affects women, and/or "real men" don't get depressed.
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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!
To get the help you want and need, consider any or all of these suggestions:
Talk to your primary care (or other) physician
Find a mental health professional in your area
Find an online therapist (if you can't see one in-person)
Google 'depression support group' in your area
Attend a LiveWell support group today (in Philadelphia)
Start educating yourself, because knowledge is power
Ask someone you trust to help you find support
"If you're not happy, you have to do something about it. Just to admit that I was feeling this way was a huge step."
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
The LiveWell Foundation does not provide emergency services.