Depression: The Bravest Battle
You’ve taken the first courageous step in dealing with your depression. Depression is a very real medical condition that can cause a variety of symptoms, including intense sadness, insomnia, poor appetite and a lack of interest in the things that once gave you pleasure. But you are not stuck here: this is a treatable and common condition and you don’t have to be saddled with the stigma of “depression” for the rest of your life.
One of the most important things you need to know is that you’re not alone; so don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. In fact, approximately 20 million American adults suffer with some form of depression every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
And we’re here to help. During the next 30 days, you can expect to find the support and help you need, learn about different types of depression help and treatment, improve your self-esteem and start feeling better.
On your first day, you should make an appointment with your primary care provider for a physical examination and depression screening. Other medical conditions, such as thyroid disorder, fibromyalgia and even certain drug interactions, can often mimic the symptoms of depression. Already diagnosed? Take today to imagine how great you’re going to feel once you find the right treatment plan for your body chemistry. Focus on feeling better and beginning your journey to recovery.