Summer is almost here, and so is National Sunglasses Day. It’s about that time of year to get outside and start enjoying the sunshine. That means keeping your eyes safe. With great discounts on sunglasses from Vision Essentials, you can…
No matter what your situation is, it’s important to know that help is available, and it’s okay to reach out. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, visit findyourwords.org, where you can take a depression self-assessment test and learn about what resources are available.
Depression doesn’t always look like depression, so it can be difficult to recognize. Many people struggle for years before they reach out for help. Others never get help at all. But we can change that by creating a culture of acceptance and support.
Anyone can be affected by depression—it doesn’t matter what your age, culture, lifestyle, or family history is. Several factors, such as biology, environment, and challenging life events, can impact mental health. There’s no single cause, and it isn’t anyone’s fault.
Depression can change the way people think, feel, and behave. Everyone’s experience is different. But many people describe feeling deeply unhappy over a long period of time, without knowing why. It’s not always easy to recognize depression in yourself or someone else, but there are common symptoms to look for:
- Feeling sad, tearful, hopeless, guilty, anxious, or irritable
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Fatigue and low energy
- Problems concentrating, focusing, making decisions, or remembering
- Loss of pleasure in activities you usually enjoy
- Feeling life isn’t worth living, or having thoughts of death or suicide
For some people, practicing self-care through things like meditation and exercise can help ease symptoms of depression. Others may need professional support, which can include counseling, medication, or a combination of both.
Kaiser Permanente has easy ways to get the prescriptions you need, when, and where it works best for you. At Kaiser Permanente, it’s easy to get in, get out, and get on with your day. Learn more below about the…
If you’re having difficulty hearing, you may be missing the sounds that make life special. And you may not know where turn for help. First, realize you’re not alone—millions of Americans have hearing loss. Second, consider that better hearing starts…
On kp.org, you can request your personal health record with all your health information, as well as forms like FMLA certifications, immunization status, doctor’s notes for absences from work or school, and more. Simply follow the instructions below to access,…
Lab tests play an important role in your health—they help your doctor make treatment decisions and monitor your care. For your convenience, Kaiser Permanente laboratory locations are available throughout the region, with many open early and some open on weekends…