What Can I Do to Help Myself if I Feel Depressed?

Depression is a serious but treatable illness. See your doctor and get help for recovery. It’s always a good idea to get a physical exam in order to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms. You should tell your doctor that you think it might be depression, so that he or she can ask you the right questions and come to the most accurate diagnosis. Therapy is also very important. Many studies have shown that the most effective way to fight depression includes a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and self-care.

Self-education is an important part of self-care. One of the features of depression is that it distorts thinking. Everyone who has depression should learn as much as they can about the disorder. This achieves three things:

  • It will allow you to understand the disorder better.
  • It will underline the fact that these are very real medical disorders and will help to fight prejudice and stigma.
  • It will give you knowledge and tools that you can use to help yourself.

Source:  Public Health Agency of Canada