FOR HELP in ACUTE DEPRESSION CRISIS or SUICIDE PREVENTION DIAL the NUMBER in your COUNTRY: USA – Lifeline 1 800 273 8255, CANADA – Greater Vancouver 604 872 3311, Toll Free – Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast 1 866 661 3311, TTY 1 866 872 0113, BC-Wide 1 800 SUICIDE (784 2433), Mental Health Support BC Wide 310 6789, If outside any of these areas call 911, UNITED KINGDOM – Helpline 116 123, NORTHERN IRELAND – Lifeline 0808 808 8000, AUSTRALIA 13 11 14, NEW ZEALAND – Lifeline 0800 543 354
There are many types of depression. On this site you will find out about:
The information provided here is for educational purposes and is not intended for the purpose self diagnosis. Diagnosis requires the service of a skilled clinician.
We all have days when we feel down, unmotivated, tired, and and social but we also know the mood will pass. It’s when this mood does not pass that we may need to seek help.
“Depression is a common and costly mental health problem, seen frequently in general medical settings. It is the fourth leading medical cause of disability in Western Civilization.The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020 depression will be the second highest cause of illness after heart disease in the Western World.”
Depression can be fatal and the suicide rate among depressed persons is at least 8 times higher than the general population.
Often depressed people present to their doctors vague physical symptoms rather than emotional complaints and sometimes depression can be overlooked.
It is important to tell the doctor that you are depressed. Doctor could then recommend appropriate treatment or refer you to a mental health specialist.
Some Easy Ways to Overcome Depression
Martin Seligman and his associates conducted an online experimental therapy that resulted in long term relief from depression for hundreds of individuals suffering mild depression.
The therapy consisted of mainly 3 main elements:
1. Practicing Gratitude
2. Focusing on your strengths rather than weaknesses
3, Changing negative thought patterns
The majority of participants improved after the experiment and maintained the improved state when followed up 11 months later.
Is Depression Caused by Your Immune System?
“Years ago when I was suffering depression I had a tired and aching feeling in all my body.
When I think back to those times I realize that this feeling was inflammation.
Years later I came across an interesting book stating evidence that one particular form of depression could be an immune-related illness. This could cause inflammation.”
Click here for a scientific paper that supports the above statements.