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  • Living with Depression: How to Cope with Symptoms
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

    Living with depression can make your daily life challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can safely deal with depression to help minimize the effect it may have on your life.

    Contacting a provider is always a good first step if you are living with depression. Beyond that, consider different approaches that can help with your depression symptoms.

    • Stay active – When you have depression, you may feel a lack of motivation to engage in physical activity. You may also feel tempted to eat foods high in sugars or fats for the temporary rush they can offer. Unfortunately, not taking care of your body can compound the negative effects depression has on your mind.

     

  • Depression: Myths, Facts Backed Up By Numbers
    Graphic with text: Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    The new statistics for depression are in, and they may surprise you. Getting educated about depression is important. Take a look at these myths and facts to better understand depression, and how to approach it if you or someone you know is struggling.

    • Myth: Depression is not a wide spread issue in America.

    Fact: 6.7 percent of adults ages 18 or older had a major depressive episode in 2016, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

  • 6 Ways to Avoid Isolation This Summer
    Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry

    Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues can leave you feeling disconnected, isolated, disengaged and lonely. Here are some ways to reconnect with yourself and others this summer:

    Engage and Reconnect

    Make time to spend with family and friends. Take a summer day trip or vacation with your family. Stay local and hang out with friends at a barbecue. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology developed the Positive Activity Jackpot app as a tool for pleasant event scheduling in your area. The app allows you to plan group activities in a simple, helpful way. Give yourself permission to leave if an event becomes overwhelming, but make the commitment to go connect for a bit.

  • Is Depression Affecting Your Military Family? These New Resources Can Help
    Service member looks at picture of his family.
    Photo courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    New publications for military communities to learn more about depression are now available to download on the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) website.

    “We created these materials to help patients and family members better understand and manage depression, a very common health concern,” said Cmdr. Angela Williams, chief of evidence-based practice at DHCC.

    They include a brochure, “Depression: Fast Facts for Families” and a booklet, “Understanding Depression: A Resource for Providers and Patients,” which DHCC created through a collaborative effort with the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs.

     

  • When the Blues Last Beyond Winter

    Although it is spring and the days are getting longer in the northern hemisphere, the lingering cold and harsh weather can limit your exposure to sunshine. People in areas with less sunshine may experience feelings of sadness, fatigue or hopelessness. A form of depression, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can affect people in low-light conditions.

    Seasonal affective disorder occurs when fluctuating and decreasing levels of sunlight cause imbalances in your serotonin levels. The resulting depression can lead to difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or reduced interest in activities.

  • Things You Need to Know About Depression
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    Although people use the words depressed or depression to refer to a sad mood, it is much more than just a bad day. Depression is a complicated condition with many aspects.

    According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating or working. Misunderstandings about depression can hinder proper identification and treatment. Additionally, the signs and effects of depression can differ from person to person. The Deployment Health Clinical Center outlines six key aspects of depression:

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