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Is this the first time you’ve experienced depression?

Introduction

If you suffer from depression, it can be hard to talk about your symptoms to others, and to get help.

Here are some tips for those suffering from depression.

1.

Know your symptoms and know what to do If you feel sad, anxious or tired, talk about it with your doctor.

If you think you may have depression, seek help from a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Ask about symptoms that you think are affecting your mood and how to manage your symptoms.

2.

Avoid triggers for depression If you’re suffering from the condition, you may be more likely to seek treatment if you’ve been in a long-term relationship, or have children, or if you’re worried about your partner’s reaction.

Take a look at your symptoms before you start treatment and discuss the treatment with your GP. 3.

Get help if you feel hopeless or hopelessly alone If you don’t feel like you’re getting the help you need, talk to your GP or someone who cares about you.

It may help to call the helpline for depression or bipolar disorder.

4.

Get more support for depression A referral from a mental health professional is a good first step.

A mental health team can be a valuable resource for anyone with depression.

They can talk to you about your depression and offer support.

Your GP can also provide referrals to other mental health professionals.

5.

Talk to someone else to find support You may not feel like talking to anyone else for help, but talking to someone who has a similar mental health condition or a family member with depression can help.

Ask your GP about referral and support groups.

6.

Seek help if your symptoms are worsening If you find that you are feeling better, seek medical help.

Talk with your mental health provider about your specific symptoms and if you can’t manage them.

7.

Get a support group or get professional help if it doesn’t work Finding a support and help group can help you manage your depression better.

You may find that it can feel like an endless struggle to get through the day.

You can get help by: talking about your problems and symptoms with others

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