Have you been feeling down for a while? While being sad over events and changes in your life is normal, experiencing depression as the result of being down for a long time can identify the development of a depressive disorder. It can be challenging to face the fact that you’re living with a mental health issue, but help is available to support you to getting the assistance you need to manage symptoms of depression. Taking the steps toward getting help for depression is something that’s difficult, but it can be made easier if you know what to expect, some information about depressive disorders, and how to go about asking for the help you need.
Making the steps toward getting help for depression can include:
Before you can get help with depression, you have to first accept how you’re feeling. This includes knowing and understanding that what you’re feeling may not be relational to what’s actually happening in your life. For instance, depression may lead you to believe that people don’t care about how you’re feeling. But, in reality, there are a number of people who care about how you feel and the state of your mental health. So, if you’re having thoughts that you’re meaningless, feelings of despair, or believe that others may not care about how you’re feeling, this may be a sign that you’re dealing with depression. And, that it may be time to reach out to someone you trust or a mental health professional at a treatment care facility.
If you’re dealing with depressive symptoms, you may have thoughts that no one really understands and that you’re alone. However, this is far from the truth. There are many people who live with depressive disorders. In fact, according to research published by the CDC, almost 5% of adults over the age of 18 are diagnosed with a depressive disorder in the USA alone. So, if you’re living with symptoms of depression, you’re not alone. Understanding that you’re not alone and that depression is a commonly diagnosed mental health issue can give you the confidence you need to establish a plan to get help. Unfortunately, people who think they are alone with depressive symptoms may not have the confidence to reach out for mental health assistance.
It can be overwhelming and challenging to imagine opening up about your feelings with people you don’t know – even if they’re mental health specialists who deal with individuals who are living with depressive disorders every day. So, if you’re looking to take the first steps to get depression help, consider reaching out to people you care about and trust about how you’re feeling first. Not only can this be cathartic in letting out your feelings and helping to ease the worry of telling other people, but it can also be very helpful to have people who know what you’re going through that are an available, supportive outlet while you’re in treatment.
Delray Center offers depression help on an outpatient basis at our treatment locations in South Florida. Find out more about our depression treatment services and therapies from our website. And, reach out for the help you need today.