Are you struggling with feelings of sadness, loneliness, or hopelessness? Join us for this free, moderated Forest session where we'll explore how to recognize the signs of depression and what it means. We'll discuss the different types of depression, the common symptoms, and how to seek help if needed. We'll also look at how to develop a plan to manage depression and look after your mental health. If you're feeling overwhelmed or worried, this session is for you. Come learn more about depression, and how to manage it, in a supportive environment.
What we covered
Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities such as work, school, and relationships. It’s important to know that depression is a real and common illness, not a sign of weakness or something you can just “snap out of.”
Depression is more than just feeling “down” or “sad” for a few days. It’s a serious mental health disorder that can have a profound effect on your life. It can disrupt your daily life, make it hard to concentrate, and interfere with your work, relationships, and overall quality of life.
How Do I Know If I'm Depressed?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that you’re depressed:
- Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Changes in sleep or appetite
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Feeling tired or having low energy
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should consider speaking to your doctor or a mental health professional for an assessment.
Types of Depression
There are several different types of depression, and each type is characterized by different symptoms.
Major depressive disorder is the most common type of depression, and is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
Persistent depressive disorder is a form of depression that lasts for at least two years.
Bipolar disorder is a type of depression that typically involves extreme changes in mood, energy, and activity levels.
Postpartum depression is a type of depression that can affect women after they give birth.
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months, when there is less natural sunlight.
If you think you may be depressed, it’s important to seek help. The first step is to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They can help you understand your symptoms and develop a plan for managing depression.
Your doctor may refer you to a therapist, who can help you work through your thoughts and feelings. They can also provide you with coping skills and strategies to help you manage your depression.
In addition to talking to your doctor or therapist, there are other resources available to help you manage your depression. These include:
- Support groups
- Self-help books
- Online resources
- Diet and nutrition
Developing a Plan
Once you’ve sought help, it’s important to develop a plan for managing your depression. This plan should include:
- Self-care activities such as exercise, relaxation, and proper nutrition.
- Connecting with family and friends.
- Setting realistic goals and making lifestyle changes.
- Identifying stressors and triggers and learning how to cope with them.
- Taking medication as prescribed by your doctor, if needed.
It’s also important to remember that managing depression is a process, and it may take some time to find the right combination of treatments that work for you.
If you’re struggling with feelings of sadness, loneliness, or hopelessness, it could be a sign of depression. It’s important to seek help if you think you may be depressed, so that you can develop a plan for managing your symptoms and improving your overall mental health. With the right support and resources, it is possible to manage depression and lead a full and meaningful life.