Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health. Too often, we neglect to care for our mental well-being, and if left untreated, can cause serious health consequences.
Common mental health conditions, such as depression, can happen to anyone at any time. Many people have struggled with depression for years, and for others, challenging times such as the ones we are all experiencing now can bring about symptoms of depression. Know that you are not alone, and help is available. If you or someone you care for feels depressed or needs support, the City of Philadelphia has numerous resources available, including HealthyMindsPhilly.org and CBHPhilly.org. You can begin your mental health check-up with a quick and anonymous mental health screening and continue reading to learn more about depression.
How do I know I might have depression?
If you struggle with depression, you can have trouble sleeping (sleeping too much or not enough), trouble concentrating, and very low energy. You can lose interest in activities you once enjoyed, lose confidence in yourself, and feel worthless. Some people have recurring thoughts of death or suicide and can often feel trapped or desperately alone.
Depression can be a very painful and frightening experience. For many, depression can show itself in angry outbursts, frequent crying, irritability, or problems at home, work, or school. Depression can feel like you are all alone, and you can’t imagine that anyone else feels as much pain as you do. Well, that’s not true. Depression affects 40 million families each year, and other people feel and have felt similar to you.
People are reluctant to seek help for many reasons, including embarrassment, shame, fear, and social stigma. For some people, hiding their depression seems like the only solution. For others, finding negative ways to cope (like excessive drinking, overeating, or withdrawal from others) is the only way to get through the day. Many people suffer in silence, waiting a long time to find ways to feel better and get the help they deserve.
Although it might be hard to imagine, if you or someone you care about struggles with depression, people can and do get better. Help, support, and treatment can make you feel better, and it all starts with a first step. We encourage you to check in on your mental and emotional health today, beginning with a quick and anonymous check-up. This beginning step can be the start to a healthier, happier you.
If you feel like you need to talk to someone immediately or soon, click here for helpful numbers and support. Remember, you are not alone.