Getting the Help You Need For Depression
Depression is an isolating and confusing experience, whether you're the sufferer, a concerned family member, a friend or a co-worker. Two things are helpful: information and support.
Depression is not a personal weakness; it is a complex mind/body illness that is highly treatable. Eighty percent of depression is treatable yet up to two-thirds of depressed people never get help. How do you know if you or someone you know is depressed? Recognize the signs and symptoms:
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Feeling restless
- Having trouble concentrating and making decisions
- Easily hurt feelings, excessive crying
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Losing interest in activities that used to bring pleasure
If you are concerned that someone you know might be experiencing depression, repond without judgement, listen and encourage this person to get help. Many people who seek treatment for depression get relief.
For Assistance contact the IWU Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Call anytime, for confidential assistance. To reach a counselor for any of your EAP needs call toll-free 800-252-4555 or log on to www.theEAP.com to access other benefits.
Several national groups offer good information about depression in broches and on Web sites. They also have state or regional affiliates that offer support groups, workshops, depression screening and referral for treatment. Many of these gorups provid services at little or not cost.
National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
An anonymous, condfidential online depression screening is available at www.depression-screening.org
Local resources for help include a personal physician or primary care provider, a mental health provider, or your Employee Assistance Program at 800-252-4555 or www.theEAP.com