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.
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 Foundry.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.