Depression Information and Tips

Depression Information and Tips

This document contains information and tips that will help you better understand and treat depression.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability and/or a loss of interest and pleasure in activities an individual previously enjoyed.

In addition to low mood and increased irritability, individuals with depression may also experience:

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Significant changes in sleep patterns (e.g.,trouble sleeping, excessive sleeping)
  • Significant changes in appetite (e.g., eating too much, eating too little)
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicide, or harming oneself

When To Seek Help

  • It is persistent. Symptoms have continued for at least two weeks.
  • It is affecting your relationships with loved ones
  • It is interfering with your ability to work
  • It is causing you to feel hopeless about the future
  • You are experiencing feelings of worthlessness and self-rejection
  • You have noticed a significant decrease in your level of tolerance for minor frustrations
  • You often turn to alcohol or substance use to cope with feelings of sadness and “numbness”
  • You are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm

Treating Depression

f you think you may be experiencing depression, seek help from a registered health professional (e.g., social worker, counsellor, psychologist, nurse, family doctor, psychiatrist).

If you are having immediate thoughts of suicide or self-harm, go directly to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital or call 9-1-1.

The following have been found to help manage some symptoms of depression:

  • Regular exercise
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Learning or maintaining healthy sleep habits
  • Spending quality time with loved ones
  • Spending time doing safe activities you enjoy

How Therapy Can Help

Therapy can help you:

  • Learn skills to cope with and manage symptoms
  • Identify and change negative thought patterns that may be affecting your current feelings and behaviours
  • Set realistic goals and regain a sense of hope about the future
  • Regain or develop a sense of self-acceptance
  • Identify and respond to events that may be contributing to your depression
  • Receive support and learn strategies from others who are also experiencing depression (Group Therapy)
  • Receive support in addressing issues in important relationships in your life (Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent-Coaching)

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