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Getting help with depression

Living with a chronic illness like depression can feel overwhelming at times. That's why it's important to seek depression support to help manage your mood and enjoy your life to the fullest. Whether from your spouse, your counsellor or a depression support group, there are plenty of caring contacts available to give you much-needed support.

With the help of your depression support team, you can stay on top of your depression symptoms.

Where can I turn for depression support?

While you cannot control the fact that you have depression, you can seek a depression support system for yourself. Getting family help with depression is a great place to start. Talk openly with people close to you, family members, friends, and colleagues, to help them understand your treatment and that you're doing all you can to follow your doctor’s recommendations.

What is a depression support group?

Depression support groups are geared towards meeting the needs of those with depression. While depression support groups are not psychotherapy groups, they can provide you with a safe and accepting place to vent your frustrations and fears and receive support and encouragement from others.

In a depression support group, members often share coping suggestions that others find useful. This helps give you the assurance that "someone else knows what I am going through," as people share their struggles living with various types of depression. This camaraderie is vital in order to begin the healing process.

After joining a depression support group, you may realise that the best experts on depression are often those who live with it daily. Always check with your doctor before taking any new treatment, including over-the-counter dietary supplements. Even so-called natural or herbal remedies have side effects and may interact with prescription medication.

How do I find an online depression support group?

Online depression support groups, can provide you with encouragement from others, even people you don't know. Online depression support groups can help you realise that you are not alone in dealing with the feelings of depression. This added support can give you new confidence as you learn to manage the illness and handle the daily challenges in an effective manner.

Is psychotherapy a good place to get depression support?

Yes, psychotherapy is another way of getting much-needed depression support. The role of psychological counselling in managing depression is to help you develop appropriate and workable coping strategies to deal with all the issues that affect you. Psychotherapy (also called talk therapy) is a vital part of depression recovery for most people. Research has shown that a combination of medication and therapy is often the most effective strategy for people with depression.

Psychotherapy also helps you identify early warning signs and your counsellor can teach you ways to cope with potentially harmful thought patterns and perceptions.

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