Millions of people suffer from depression each year, robbing them of joy, productivity, opportunities, and social connection. Sometimes it is triggered by unfortunate events, and sometimes it seems to come for no reason at all. But either way, it starts right in lying to you. Depression tells you that you’re worthless, that no one cares, and that things will never get better. And once you believe it, nothing seems to matter--you don’t want to do your favorite activities, you don’t want to go out with friends…nothing seems good.
The truth is, every life has value. You don’t have to be anything or do anything to prove it.
Depression is one of the most treatable illnesses. Millions of people get help from therapy and/or medication (for severe depression, studies show the combination is most effective). I know it’s hard to reach out when depression is telling you that it’s hopeless, but if you are depressed, ask yourself, what’s the harm in trying?
To find a therapist, you can:
Look on your insurance company’s website for providers
Call your county social services department
Ask someone you trust for a referral (You might be surprised at how many people are in, or have been, in therapy themselves.)
Or, of course, you can do your own online search.
Remember, when depression tells you that you can't--don't--shouldn't, don't you believe it!