If you need someone to talk to right now, text the Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741), call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255), or call the Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline (1-866-488-7386) for 24/7 support.

What You Should Know About Depression

Sometimes you may feel sad or depressed, but when is it a serious problem? If depression is affecting your day-to-day life, there may be something you can do about it.

If you’re depressed, you may notice changes in your feelings or behaviors, such as:

  • Feeling like there’s no hope
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Significant change in your sleep habits
  • Difficulty enjoying activities that used to make you happy

Some things that can contribute to depression, include:

  • Psychological, biological, or genetic factors
  • Negative events
  • Major life changes
  • Certain medications
  • Drugs or alcohol can intensify your experience of depression
  • But sometimes the cause of depression is unclear.

How can I practice self-care when I’m feeling depressed?

  • Talk about your feelings and problems with someone you trust.
  • Find new things that make you happy.
  • Try going outside to enjoy the sun or fresh air, make a new recipe, watch a funny video, play music, or express yourself with art or dance.
  • Start a journal or write yourself a positive message on a sticky note.
  • Move your body to help reduce tension, relax, increase energy, and improve sleep.
  • Ask for help when you need it.

Who can you go to for help with depression?

Seeing a mental health provider can be helpful for depression. Professionals, like doctors, counselors, or psychiatrists, can make recommendations for treating depression.

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