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Depression is a mental health condition that can affect your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You may feel down, blue, or sad, or you may be irritable and moody. If you have been diagnosed with depression, you may be relieved to know now why you have felt or behaved a certain way. If you are living with depression, there are ways to help you relieve the symptoms and feel better.
Stress is your body's reaction to life's demands. You can have stress from good things, such as a vacation, or difficult things, such as a hard test. Stress that lasts a long time can play a part in depression, so it is important to learn how to manage stress.
Antidepressants are often prescribed by a health care provider to ease the symptoms of depression. When used together, medicines, psychotherapy, and stress reduction techniques are often the most effective treatment.
Relationships are important to people throughout their lives. Friends and family can be great resources to help you deal with the difficult feelings you get from depression. Talk to family and friends when things are becoming difficult. You may also want to talk with a therapist. A relationship with a therapist may be very important to helping you manage your depression.
Talking to others
Therapy and support groups
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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