Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Depression is usually very treatable

If depression is not treated it can be fatal

If you can’t think of solutions other than suicide, it isn’t that solutions don’t exist … you just aren’t currently able to think of them … consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800 273-TALK(8255)

If you think you are suffering from depression:

  • Consider whether you suffer one or more of the following symptoms of depression:
    • Feeling restless or slowed down
    • Feeling worthless
    • Feeling guilty
    • A change in your appetite and/or weight
    • Thoughts of suicide
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Excessively tired
    • Headaches
    • Digestive problems
    • Aches and pains
    • Sexual problems
  • Consult with your doctor and/or a counselor
  • Ask your doctor which of the following might help:
    • More sleep
    • More exercise
    • Exposure to a special lamp which can elevate your mood

If you’re considering taking the herb St. John’s Wort:

  • Check with your doctor first
    It is not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration
  • Be aware that it may cause:
    • Upset stomach
    • Fatigue
    • Sensitivity to the sun
    • Headaches

If your depression might be connected to a traumatic event (e.g., rape, assault, war):

  • Consider asking a medical professional about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

For help with depression and/or to learn how to help others with depression:


Thanks for reading!