Depression and Anxiety: Understanding the Symptoms and Seeking Help

April 07, 2023

Depression and anxiety can be overwhelming and interfere with functioning, but seeking help is the first step toward recovery. Here are some tips to help you understand the symptoms and seek the help you need:

  • Understand the symptoms: Educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety. These may include persistent feelings of sadness or worry, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite or weight, loss of interest in activities, and physical symptoms like headaches or muscle tension.
  • Recognize when to seek help: If you are experiencing symptoms that interfere with your daily life or last for more than two weeks, it may be time to seek professional help. Additionally, if you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, seek immediate help.
  • Talk to someone: Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional. Talking about your feelings can be an important step toward healing and can help you feel less alone.
  • Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is crucial in managing symptoms of depression and anxiety. This may include exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
  • Consider therapy: Therapy can be an effective tool for managing depression and anxiety. A therapist can help you develop coping skills, identify triggers, and provide a safe and supportive environment to discuss your feelings.
  • Explore medication options: In some cases, medication may help manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety in addition to talk therapy. Talk to your doctor or mental health professional about your options.

Remember, seeking help for depression and anxiety is a sign of strength, not weakness. Your Assistance Program offers confidential and professional support to help address depression and strengthen mental health. Learn more about resources available at our member support page.