Depression and anxiety are normal reactions to abnormal times or stress. With increased concerns about losing jobs, homes and savings, more people are showing signs of psychological distress. It’s important for us all to learn to recognize the symptoms of depression [PDF] so we can get help for ourselves or for others when it’s needed.
Talk to Family and Friends
Talking to family, a friend, doctor, or someone else you trust, can help to relieve stress. You can call our 24 Hour Access Helpline at 1-888-793-4357 to talk to a mental health professional. Asking for help and support at home, at work or in your other activities can also reduce stress.
Doing regular, physical exercise helps to relieve mental and muscular tension. It’s a good idea to have a plan to make sure you get around to doing the activities that make you feel better, physically and mentally. If you stick to the plan, not only will you continue to do the things you enjoy, but you’ll have a sense of achievement. There’s also the added benefit of maintaining social contact with people. Along with regular exercise, try to eat a healthy diet.
Pay Attention to your Physical Health
Research shows that depression is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, is more common among people with coronary heart disease, and can increase the risk of further heart problems. In addition, research shows that living with a chronic illness like diabetes may increase the risk of depression. Conversely, depression can double the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes possibly due to elevated stress hormones and weight gain, as people with depression are often inactive.
Do Not Reduce or Stop Taking Your Medication Without your Doctor's Approval
Studies show that in times of economic crisis, people tend to reduce their mental health care more readily than their general medical care, with consequences that can be dangerous. This is not the time to skip dosages or split pills. If you need help, contact our Access Helpline on 1-888-793-4357.
If you think you need more than talking to family or friends, or if the bad feelings don’t go away, seek help. Depression is more than going through a tough time or feeling upset or down. It isn’t the same as everyday sadness or anger. It’s a serious medical illness which leaves you feeling sad or miserable most of the time and having a hard time coping from day to day. Getting the right type of help and getting it early is essential to getting back on track and learning new ways of dealing with depression. Call our Access Helpline on 1-888-793-4357 for a referral to emergency help or for ongoing care.