In 2017, depression took a big hit.
But with more research and more support, many people are realizing that depression isn’t an illness to be afraid of.
Here are five ways to keep things moving in the face of the disease.
Ask for help.
When you feel like you’re going nowhere and don’t know where to turn, ask for help, according to Dr. John O’Brien, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
“Ask for help to tell you that there is something wrong, that something is wrong, and to ask for a solution,” O’Brien says.2.
Talk to a friend or family member.
Talking with a trusted person can help to find ways to feel better.
“For example, if you’re feeling depressed, you may not have friends who are going through the same thing,” O.K. says.
“It’s important to have friends around you who understand what you’re experiencing, who can be supportive and who is willing to talk about what you need to do to get back on your feet.”3.
Take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
“The more time you have to think about the bigger problems, the less likely you are to be overwhelmed by your feelings of depression,” says Dr. Josephine Estrada, professor and director of the Emotional Intelligence Lab at University of California, San Francisco.
“When you’re struggling with depression, you’re not going to get the support you need if you just go in and think about everything in the big picture.
The key is to start by looking at the big problem and how it affects your day-to-day life.”4.
Ask a trusted friend or relative to help.
It can be challenging to get help from friends and family, but it can help if you have someone who you trust.
Dr. Estradas said that “when you have a trusted relative, you feel more comfortable talking to them about the problems that you’re having.”5.
Talk about the symptoms.
“Even if you don’t have any symptoms, talk about the problem, especially if it involves eating, drinking, or anything that might make you feel depressed,” says O’Connor.
“This helps you understand why you’re depressed, which can be helpful in making decisions about treatment.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness or depression, the best thing to do is talk to someone who has a background in mental health.
The mental health professionals you ask are likely familiar with the illness and the treatments available.
And there are a few mental health resources that can help you stay on top of your treatment options.
If you’re concerned about your mental health, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).