Understanding Depression

An excerpt from www.depressionhurts.ca - Depression is not simply a temporary change in mood or a sign of weakness. It's a real medical condition with many emotional, physical, behavioural and cognitive symptoms. Many people are ashamed or afraid to ask for help. Others shrug off their symptoms and end up suffering in silence. Contrary to some misconceptions, depression is neither inevitable nor is it a character flaw.1 People with depression often get these ideas because of the feeling of guilt caused by the illness. Depression is a real health problem for which help is available. But you must be aware of it and know how to ask for help. If you happen to recognize symptoms of depression in yourself, the key is not to let worry take over. In fact, recognizing symptoms is an essential step on the road to feeling like oneself again. If you believe you are suffering symptoms that appear to be depression related see your family doctor, who can manage the situation or refer you to a specialist. Depression Symptoms Checklist Managing Depression The Road to Help Talk to a Doctor      review the  Doctor Discussion Guide Depression vs Sadness