Talking about depression

If you’re living with depression, you don’t have to go through it alone. Talking about it with someone you trust can help.

Recognizing depression

Everyone experiences depression differently. If you’re not sure if you’re depressed but these symptoms sound familiar, you might want to talk to someone about them. You can also use our depression self-assessment tool and share your results with your doctor or someone else you trust.

  • Feeling sad, blue, 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
  • Losing interest in activities you enjoy
  • Feeling life isn’t worth living or having thoughts of death or suicide

Take the depression self-assessment

Help for depression

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, there are things that can help you feel better. You may find that exercise, meditation, or joining a peer support group helps ease your symptoms. Or you may want to see a therapist to explore your treatment options. Depression is common, and treatment works. In fact, 80% of people who are treated for depression improve — and reaching out for support is the first step.*

If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, we’ll connect you to the care you need. You can talk to your doctor, or visit external page anytime. Even right now.

*Mental Health America

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Insights from our national poll

Most people understand and want to help

  • understand that mental health conditions can affect anyone.

  • would be comfortable offering support to someone who was struggling.

Source: Kaiser Permanente commissioned KRC Research to conduct a 15-minute online survey among a total of 3,005 U.S. adults from August 10–16, 2017.