Behavioral Health

Depression is a common illness; anyone can get it. Depression affects people from all cultures, rich and poor. It is not a sign of weakness and it can be treated. The most important thing to remember is that if you have symptoms of depression, tell your doctor. That's the first step to start feeling better.

Symptoms of depression include:
  • Feeling sad, blue "or down in the dumps"
  • Being unable to enjoy activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling either slowed down or restless
  • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feeling a lack of energy or feeling tired all the time
  • An increase or decrease in appetite or weight
  • Having problems concentrating, thinking, remembering or making decisions
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Thinking about death or suicide

Depression is a mood disorder and is a disease like diabetes or high blood pressure. It affects how you think and feel. If you feel "down" all the time for two weeks or more, you may be depressed. The good news is that depression can be treated. A Mental Health Professional can help you with counseling and/or medicine.

You can help your Behavioral Health Professional by:
  • Telling him/her how you really feel
  • Asking questions
  • Following the treatment you and your doctor decide is best for you
  • Getting a physical examination from your Primary Care Physician
Follow Up Visit After a Hospitalization for Mental Illness

It is important to have a follow up visit with your mental health provider within 7 and 30 days after a hospitalization for a mental illness. This outpatient visit, with your mental health provider, will make sure that the gains made during the hospitalization are not lost during your transition period to home or work environment. It will also help your mental health provider to detect early post-hospitalization reactions or medication problems and provide continuity of care.

For more information, click the appropriate link:
Antidepressants - What you need to know
Counseling for better mental health 
Depression - How to manage it 
What is depression? 
Diabetes and Depression might be linked 

Helpful links:
Beacon Health Options Resource Library
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Check out the Achieve Solutions website