Living with Depression
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Depression is a mental health condition that affects your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Being diagnosed with depression can bring you relief if you did not know why you have felt or behaved a certain way. It could also leave you feeling overwhelmed. Finding ways to manage your symptoms can help you feel more positive about your future.
Being depressed is difficult. Depression can increase the level of everyday stress. Stress can make depression symptoms worse. You may believe your symptoms cannot be managed or will never improve. However, there are many things you can try to help manage your symptoms. There is hope.
Stress is your body's reaction to life changes and events, both good and bad. Stress can add to your feelings of depression. Learning to manage your stress can help lessen your feelings of depression.
Your health care provider may suggest family therapy, couples therapy, or individual therapy as part of your treatment.
If you or your family members notice these symptoms coming back, let your health care provider know right away.
Talking to others
Friends and family members can be sources of support and guidance. Talk to trusted friends or family members about your condition. Explain your symptoms and let them know that you are working with a health care provider to treat your depression. Tell friends and family how they can help.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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