Depression is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed. Left untreated, depression can even lead to, or worsen, other medical problems.
Depression is a treatable condition, and with the right therapies and self-care strategies, you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
- Genetics and family history
- Life events, such as trauma, loss, or stress
- Brain chemistry imbalances
- Medical conditions or chronic pain
- Substance abuse
- Persistent sadness, anxiety, or feelings of emptiness
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, it is important to seek help from a healthcare provider. Treatment options may include talk therapy, prescription medication, or a combination of both. In addition to professional treatment, there are things you can do to manage your depression.
Things you can do to manage depression:
- Get regular exercise
- Eat a healthy diet
- Establish good sleep habits
- Connect with friends and family
- Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing
- Engage in activities that bring you joy
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Attend therapy sessions and take medication as prescribed
Upperline Plus providers can develop a depression management plan that works for you. They can also help you understand your medications and provide additional resources and support including dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and mental health services.
Contact one of our Upperline Health convenient clinics to get your Depression treatment started.