Coping With Depression

Published 07/28 2014 10:24AM

Updated 07/28 2014 11:09AM

1 in 10 Americans suffer with depression, but how do we know if it's just a bad day, week or something more? Joey Douglas, an R.N. from LDS Hosptial says that if you aren't functioning in your daily activities, aren't getting up when you should and even skipping work, you could be suffering with depression. Depression affects the daily activities of life and prevents us from getting the things we need to do, done.

There are many causes of depression but Joey says that some people are genetically disposed to it or it can come on from a traumatic life changing event. However, it's important for anyone who suffers from depression to know that they aren't alone. The friends and family around you are there for support and want you to be back to old yourself just as much as you want to be. Family members at times feel helpless when a loved one is depressed but Joey says, just listening is one of the best ways you can help the person suffering with depression. Also, supporting them through treatment and reminding them to take their medication, even if they start feeling better can help.

It's hard to see the bright side to depression but the good news is that it's treatable. Through counseling and medication many find there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are ways to prevent depression as well through healthy eating, exercising and talking to others about your emotions. 

If you do feel that you are depressed and need help, contact

LDS Hospital Behavioral Health Services
(801) 408-1100

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