TALKING MAKES THINGS WORSE

People are often advised against talking about their problems, to not 'dwell' on them. But guided discussions with a professional can make things better.


DEPRESSION IS NOT REALLY AN ILLNESS

Depression is considered by some to be nothing more than ordinary sadness, but it is indeed a serious medical condition.


COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DEPRESSION

IT SNEAKS UP ON YOU

Depression can creep up gradually, making it harder to spot. A bad day can soon become a bad week and then a routine of bad days or weeks, ultimately leading to deeper and deeper depression.


DEPRESSED PEOPLE ALWAYS CRY

All depressed people don't cry. Some become emotionally blank and begin to fell worthless and hopeless.

IT'S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION

Life's challenges can sometimes cause sadness. Things like divorce, loss of a job or death can cause grief that can feel like depression. We may need to look deeper if that sadness is constant every day, or most of the day.


DEPRESSION CAN STRIKE ANYONE

No matter who you are, male or female, big or small, rich or poor, depression can strike you. Even if everything is going well.


EXERCISE HELPS YOU COPE

Studies show that regular exercise can help promote a happier mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

DEPRESSION IS REALLY JUST SELF PITY

Many people believe you can 'will' depression away. They may sometimes feel those who suffer merely lack the mental toughness needed to free themselves from it's grip.


FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION

POSITIVE THINKING CAN HELP

Positive self talk can be used to replace negative defeating thoughts with more upbeat thoughts, creating a more positive mood and help curve the feelings of depression.

getting HELP MEANS DRUGS FOR LIFE

Medicine is just one way to help cope with depression. a doctor will determine the right time for you to stop, but often talk therapy can be just as effective