Depression often has a very negative effect on everyday functioning. It may:
- Interfere with friendships and family relationships
- Reduce your productivity at work or school
- Put you at risk of developing other health problems
- Prevent you from enjoying life
If you notice that you are showing signs of depression, it is best not to wait too long without taking some action. A challenge is that when people are depressed they may also lack energy, be pessimistic about solving the problem, and have trouble making decisions.
For these reasons it is important to get support from people you trust when you are feeling depressed. Having support in problem solving will make it more likely that you will be able to solve the problem and return to feeling your usual self. Keeping in contact with the person that you speak to will help you stick to your plan.
Fortunately there are a wide range of effective treatments for depression. Since depression is such a common problem there are resources for help in almost every community.
If you are unsure about which way to go, take the time to review the resources here about effective treatments for depression
- self-help treatments
- counseling or therapy
- medication treatment
- combined treatment with medication and therapy
- alternative treatments
It is especially important to seek help if you start to feel hopeless, that life is not worth living, or if you have serious thoughts of ending your life. Learn more.
There are many people you can speak to about depression, including your family doctor, another health care provider, a school counsellor, someone with the Mood Disorders Association or a telephone help line. It can be difficult to speak to someone about personal problems, but many people are familiar with depression and how to get help. Learn more about Getting Help.