Employee Assistance Program → Topics of Interest: Overcoming Depression
Depression is no mere slump in mood. Unlike "the blues," which tend to clear up in a few days, depression is often both prolonged and recurring. It doesn't just go away on its own.
People with depression usually feel sad most of the time. They may also experience the following:
A person with mild depression may have some of these symptoms for a short time or the symptoms may linger on for a longer period of time. If the depression keeps the person from doing normal daily activities, it may be indicative that the depression is more serious. Fortunately, though, depression is one of the most treatable of all medical illnesses. As with many illnesses, however, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be. Early treatment also increases the likelihood of preventing serious recurrences.
The first step in overcoming depression is recognizing the symptoms.Take the Self-Assessment for DepressionTake the Self-Assessment for Bipolar Disorder