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How to find support if you’re depressed

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Getting help with depresssion

Depression is the most common mental health condition and is the second leading cause of years lived with a disability worldwide, according to a 2013 Mental Health Foundation study.

There are two common types of depression. Major depression, which can affect your ability to work, eat, sleep and enjoy life, may occur in episodes. Persistent depression disorder, which is has long-term, chronic symptoms, can last for two years or more. Typically, the symptoms of this second condition are not debilitating but keep a person from functioning fully.

Some of the signs of depression are:

  • a drop in productivity
  • lack of energy, sluggishness or appearing to tire easily
  • restlessness, irritability or moodiness
  • outbursts of anger or crying episodes

An important first step to being treated for depression starts with a visit to your doctor. They will look for any medical causes of the condition and, if they find none, they will order a psychological evaluation. They may also refer you to a mental health professional to further discuss your symptoms and build a treatment plan for you based on your diagnosis.

There are several different approaches to treating depression:

  • Medication — A doctor may prescribe antidepressants or other medications to help treat your symptoms.
  • Psycotherapy or “talk therapy” — This treatment can help a person solve life issues, reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, improve relationships and social skills, and even improve job performance. Research shows that psychotherapy is effective in treating most common mental health problems.

Some people do best with medication and some with psychotherapy. Other people need a combination of both.

If you believe your depression is affecting your performance at work, consider meeting confidentially with your HR representative or your manager to discuss further resources that may be available to you. You may also contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for further assistance.

Depression is treatable and can have many causes besides stress. The best way to cope with it is to work closely with a trained professional. Research has found that most people who get help for depression benefit from treatment.

If you’re a LifeWorks user and you believe you are suffering from depression, more support is available on LifeWorks’ app and website. Go to or connect by mobile app with your LifeWorks username and password. There you can search for “depression” for articles, podcasts, and other resources.

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