Coping with Depression

Signs & Symptoms of Depression?

Ongoing sadness, anxiousness or empty feelings

Feelings of hopelessness

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

Feeling irritable or restless

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable

Feeling tired all the time

Not able to go to sleep or stay asleep (insomnia); may wake in the middle of the night, or sleep all the time

Overeating or loss of appetite

Thoughts of suicide or making suicide attempts

Ongoing physical aches and pains

of people aged 18-29 have experienced depression
(NCHS 2020)
of people in treatment report a deduction in depressive symptoms (NIH 2021)

So What Can You Do?

Make a therapy appointment to identify he factors that contribute to your depression

Develop coping skills that work for you to address psychological, behavioral, interpersonal symptoms

Explore medications with a licensed professional

Have you heard of SAD?

Season Affective Disorder, the winter blues, or a generally low mood during the fall-winter months is common amongst those that live in the Northeast!

Symptoms are similar to those of depression but there are things you can do to minimize the effects:

  • Exercise: increase aerobic exercises
  • Nutrition: make sure you have a healthy intake of complex carbohydrates (rice, pasta, etc.) and healthy sugars (fruit) to boost your energy
  • Sleep: create a healthy sleep schedule
  • Speak with a therapist if your symptoms become severe and/or unmanageable