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If you believe you are depressed, there is help to feel better

While the complexities and demands of adult life can be distressing and anxiety producing, depression is a signal that your regular coping mechanisms have become overwhelmed and you need help to manage and recover. The following signs provided by the Mayo Clinic may help you understand what you are experiencing, and provide options for help.

Signs of Depression:   

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.
  • Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.
  • Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
  • Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
  • Changes in weight. An increase or reduction in appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
  • Agitation. You may seem restless, irritable and easily annoyed.
  • Fatigue. You feel weary and have lack of energy. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
  • Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death.

Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical symptoms including gastrointestinal problems, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea, headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health offers a comprehensive website with information about depression, treatment, and recovery: www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm 

Support:

If you think you are depressed, reach out and talk with someone.  He/she can be supportive and assist you in getting professional help.

Getting Help:

Professional help is a very important part of recovery from depression. Start with your primary health care provider. He/she can refer you to mental health counseling and assess any physical symptoms you may be experiencing. Clergy and employers (through their employee assistance plan) can also help you locate a professional counselor. 

Treatment:

There are different forms of treatment for depression. Psychotherapy, counseling and possibly medication can be helpful in treating depression.  Medical providers including a physician, psychiatrist or clinical nurse specialist may prescribe medication as  part of treatment for depression. With milder forms of depression, stress reduction and life style changes can supplement professional help. Those with severe and recurrent episodes of depression may require hospitalization.

Hospitals such as Massachusetts General and McLean have outpatient psychiatry clinics that can also provide treatment.

Riverside Community Care offers many options at their offices in Newton (617) 969-4925, Dedham (781) 329-4579, and Norwood (781) 769-8670. Please visit their website for more information:  www.riversidecc.org/mentalhealth.html.  Project Interface www.projectinterface.org provides local resources and referrals for Wellesley and neighboring communities.

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Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call
9-1-1

Riverside Emergency Services
781-769-8674

Newton Wellesley Hospital
617-243-6000

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)