Depression For Dummies
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If you are depressed, you want to avoid doing nothing or having the wrong thoughts about it. Here are a few things you should do — or absolutely should not do.

  • Do get help. You can start with self-help resources like books and the Internet, but you need to see a professional if your mood doesn't lift soon. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

  • Don't ignore feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. These symptoms are serious! Seek help immediately.

  • Don't think that there's nothing you can do. Depression is highly treatable.

  • Do keep trying. If your first attempt to treat depression doesn't work, try something new. A variety of ways exist to help you.

  • Don't blame yourself. Depression has many causes, and you certainly didn't ask for it.

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Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. She is the coauthor of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, among other books. Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. He is the coauthor of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, among other books.

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