Dealing With Depression

Sources of Help for Dealing With Depression

If you are unsure where to go for help for yourself or a loved one, check the yellow pages under "mental health," "health," "social services," "suicide prevention," "crisis intervention services," "hotlines," "hospitals," or "physicians" for phone numbers and addresses. In times of crisis, the emergency room doctor at a hospital may be able to provide temporary help for an emotional problem, and will be able to tell you where and how to get further help.
The following people and places can make a referral to, or provide diagnostic and treatment services for, depression. Contacting one of these resources is an important adjunct to dealing with depression:
  • Family doctors
  • Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
  • University- or medical school-affiliated programs
  • State hospital outpatient clinics
  • Family service agencies, social service agencies
  • Clergy or church-sponsored groups
  • Private clinics and facilities
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Local medical and/or psychiatric societies.


Final Thoughts on Dealing With Depression

Depression is a serious illness that requires treatment in order to improve. However, dealing with depression is more than just about taking depression medications. Successful depression treatment involves understanding the disease, getting help from qualified professionals, seeking support from friends and family, and learning successful strategies for dealing with depression.


Experts say that no one, young or old, has to accept feelings of depression as a necessary part of life. Also, the future looks bright for depression. Depression research scientists continue to make great strides in understanding and treating depression. While there is a long way to go, there are many reasons to be optimistic.
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