Depression is a very common psychological disorder, with over 1 in 10 individuals gaining a diagnosis in their lifetime. It is characterized by a number of emotional, physical, behavioral and cognitive symptoms and can be experienced during any stage of life. A person who is experiencing depression may feel extremely alone and hopeless, but this should not be the case. It is important that you reach out to someone who you trust or a medical professional. There are a number of evidenced-based treatments for depression that have been shown to be effective. Often times, treating depression involves challenging negative thoughts, changing depressive behaviours and increasing levels of self-acceptance through the development of effective strategies.
Below is a link containing some further information about coping with depression. This handout contains information regarding:
What is depression and what does it look like?
Do I have depression? – A checklist for seeking help
How is depression treated?
Some self-help skills for treating depression