There’s help if you have depression

mental health

Everyone feels down sometimes. But when sadness lasts for more than two weeks and makes it hard to live your life, you may be depressed.

Depression is a medical illness. The good news is: there is help.

Do you have these signs of depression?

Depression can affect more than your mood. You may also have:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Less energy
  • Memory problems
  • Persistent headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you’re depressed, you’re not alone

Depression is more common than you think. It affects about 6 million Americans ages 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment, according to WebMD.

People from all backgrounds and walks of life suffer depression. Actress Glenn Close founded Bring Change to Mind to end the stigma around mental illness, including depression. She told Mashable, “I never realized that maybe I could get a little help.”

Ask away

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for help. Your doctor may recommend a combination of getting regular exercise, improving your diet, connecting with family and friends, or seeking counseling.

If your doctor prescribes you medication, it’s important to take it exactly as directed. Let your doctor know if the medicine causes any side effects or doesn’t appear to be helping. And talk to your doctor before discontinuing any prescription medication.

 

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