Depression Do's and Don'ts - dummies

Depression Do’s and Don’ts

By Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

Part of Depression For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.