Looking for support with depression?
We’re committed to helping people improve their mental health, which is why we’ve created lots of useful information about mental health and wellbeing. Anyone can use it, even if you don't have health insurance with us.
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There are things you can do to help support someone with depression. Your reassurance and a listening ear can mean the world to them. Stay calm, be patient and try not to make assumptions about how the person is feeling. You may be able to help with practical support such as daily tasks or getting professional help when they’re ready. Learn more about depression so you understand it better too.
It’s hard to know but it’s possible that your depression may come back after treatment. You’re more at risk of a relapse the more episodes of depression you’ve had. There are several things you can do to help prevent this. For example, you may need to continue treatment with antidepressants or take another medicine. Or you could try a psychological treatment such as CBT or mindfulness-based therapy.
See our section: treatment of depression for more information.
Symptoms of depression include feeling down or hopeless and losing interest or pleasure in activities you would normally enjoy. While depression affects everyone in different ways, other symptoms can include feeling tired and worthless – you may lose your confidence in things. Depression can also affect your sleep and concentration.
See our section: symptoms of depression for more information.
The causes of depression can vary and often it’s a combination of different things. For example, you may get depressed after you lose your job or because of pain from having a long-term or serious physical health problem. Depression can also run in families.
See our section: causes of depression for more information.
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