October Employee Assistance – Depression Awareness

There is Hope! 

 Many people experience depression. It is a serious medical condition that can be treated like any other medical condition. If not treated, it can get in the way of work, family and almost every aspect of your life. So, like other medical conditions, depression needs to be identified and treated the right way.

Learn how to recognize the signs at all ages, how to reach out for help and how to support someone you care about. The following are some of the causes of depression:
  •  Biological—An imbalance in brain chemicals may cause or contribute to clinical depression.
  • Cognitive—People with negative thinking patterns and low self esteem are more likely to develop clinical depression.
  • Gender—Women experience clinical depression at a higher rate than men. Though the reasons are still unclear, they may include the hormonal changes women go through during menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
  • Co-occurrence—Clinical depression is more likely to occur along with certain illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and hormonal disorders.
  • Medications—Side effects of some medications can bring on depression.
  • Genetic—A family history of clinical depression increases the risk of developing the illness.
  • Situational—Difficult life events, including divorce, job loss, financial problems or the death of a loved one, can contribute to clinical depression.

The Good News:

Everybody feels sad or blue now and then. But if you’re feeling sad most of the time, and these feelings are interfering with…
  • your relationships with your family and friends,
  • your work,
  • your grades or attendance at school, or
  • overwhelming you in other ways, …the problem may be depression.
The good news is that you can get treatment and feel better soon. Most people with depression can be helped with treatment. But a majority of depressed people never seek or get the help they need.
When you’re depressed:
  • You feel sad or cry a lot and it doesn’t go away.
  • You feel guilty for no reason; you feel like you’re not good at anything; you’ve lost your confidence.
  • Life seems meaningless or you feel that nothing good is going to happen to you again.
  • You have a negative attitude or you just feel numb, as if you have no feelings.
  • You don’t feel like doing the things you used to like to do—like hobbies, sports, being with friends or going out. You’d rather be left alone.
Without help, depression can get worse over time. The sooner you get help, the easier it may be to treat. The goal in treating depression is to remove the symptoms and to improve the quality of your life. By getting help, you can get back your life and once again:
  • Enjoy the activities you used to enjoy.
  • Relate to your friends and family.
  • Be a productive member in society.
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Log on to www.MagellanHealth.com/member to access Depression
Awareness and other helpful resources in the Spotlight section.