Treating depression involves learning about the condition and reaching out to friends, family and professionals. Most people with depression feel a sense of relief when they learn the facts about depression and how common it is. Depression is not a personal weakness, and most importantly, people learn that they are not alone.
Each case of depression is unique, so people may require different methods of treatment. There are a range of treatment options for depression, including counselling, psychological and/or psychiatry services, medications, or a combination. Support from family, friends and self-help groups can also make a big difference.
It is important to note that there are different kinds of medication and therapy for depression, so you can talk with your doctor about the different options available.
There are different forms of counselling available. For example, some people find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helpful for changing the way they think about life, to see things in a more positive light. Another option is to attend self-help groups of others living with a chronic disease, who have similar experiences, can offer support, and may share helpful tips.