During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people put off taking care of themselves. There are understandable reasons why, including being overwhelmed with work responsibilities, worrying about finances, juggling childcare and feeling afraid to seek non-emergency medical care during a pandemic. Beyond…
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.
Do you sometimes feel too busy? Like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Kaiser Permanente is here for you. That’s why we offer Prescription Home Delivery. It’s an easy way to get most of your prescriptions delivered fast (within…
Sleep is essential for our overall health. It gives our mind and body time to relax and recharge. Studies show that getting 7 to 8 hours of regular nighttime sleep is best for maintaining good health.1 But what happens when you…
Back-to-school time is often ripe with nerves and anxiety as parents and children alike adjust to new routines. But this year promises to be more challenging given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and given that many children haven't stepped foot in…
If you’ve been to a chain grocery store lately, you might have seen a long aisle of vitamins and supplements near the pharmacy. It makes sense: There are over 90,000 different supplements available in the United States,1 and 76% of adults take at…