Depression is a persistent low mood that gets in the way of everyday life and interferes with relationships. The good news is: depression is very treatable. Around 80% of people who get treatment feel better. If you think you're depressed, talk to someone about getting help.
How do I know if I'm depressed?
You might be depressed if the way you think and feel has changed. Some common symptoms are:
- Feeling unhappy or empty.
- Having dark and gloomy thoughts.
- Thinking about death or suicide.
- Feeling numb.
- Thinking that you're worthless or a failure.
- Constantly criticizing and blaming yourself.
- Being unable to concentrate.
- Finding it very difficult to make decisions.
- Feeling unmotivated to do anything.
- Losing interest in activities that you used to think were fun.
Other signs of depression are changes in how you act. Some common behaviours are:
- Crying a lot.
- Not doing as well as you usually do at school or work.
- Not wanting to be with your friends.
- Being grumpy and irritable with your family and friends.
- Having problems sleeping or staying in bed all day long.
- Not eating because you don't feel hungry.
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I think I'm depressed. What can I do?
There are things you can do on your own and different professionals you can talk to.
- Explore self-care resources and tools. Check out Mindcheck.ca.
- Seek support from someone you know and trust. Talk to them about how you're feeling.
- Call the Crisis Centre at 1-800-SUICIDE. They're available anytime of the day or night.
- Call the Mental Health Support Line at 310-6789. They're available anytime of the day or night.
- Chat online to a support person at YouthinBC. They're available from noon to 1am.
- Text Youthspace at 778-783-0177. Support workers are available 6pm to 12am every night for online chats and texting.
- Visit your doctor. They can evaluate your symptoms and prescribe therapy, and/or medication.