Managing your depression

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You can learn how your thoughts influence your emotions and behaviour, and ultimately deal with maladaptive, or unhelpful, thoughts by working with a clinical or health psychologist or another trained mental health professional.

A mental health professional can help you remember what you really value and make sure that you are living the life you want to live, even while pain persists. For some people, it can also help to work with a psychiatrist and take antidepressant medication while they try to change their thoughts and daily choices.

Regular exercise, besides helping to manage pain, can also help reduce depression.

When to speak to your doctor

  • Speak to your doctor if, over the past two weeks, you have felt down or blue most days or you have experienced a loss of pleasure or lack of enjoyment of activities that represents a change from your previous function.
  • Let your doctor know if you are experiencing other symptoms of depression such as weight loss or weight gain, sleep changes, lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, trouble concentrating and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice that your depression is interfering with important areas of life such as attending school or work, your relationships with others, your enjoyment of life and your sleep and general function.

Seek immediate attention (go to your local emergency room) if your mood has been so low that you have been thinking about harming yourself or ending your life.

Last updated: May 2nd 2016