Depression can affect your ability to function at work, school, or home and can reduce your motivation to engage in social and recreational activities. Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, or generally pessimistic.
- Feeling more irritable than normal.
- Not doing the things you used to enjoy because you have no interest and/or motivation.
- Feeling easily fatigued or generally lacking energy.
- Experiencing changes in your sleep and/or appetite.
- Having difficulty thinking, making decisions, concentrating, or remembering things.
- Having an increase in physical ailments with no medical reason or evidence as to why.
- Thinking of death or suicide.
Questions to consider asking when you call a depression hotline:
- What are some common symptoms of depression?
- Do I actually have depression, or am I just sad?
- Will I feel like this for the rest of my life?
- Is it possible to have more than one mental illness at a time?
- What can I do to start feeling better?
- What should I expect when I seek treatment?
- What levels of treatment are there for depression?
- What type of therapy or medication can help me resolve my depression?
- Will I have to be on medication for the rest of my life?
- Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
- If I don’t have insurance, how much will treatment cost? Are there any free or low-cost resources in my community?
- What should I do next?
Calling a depression hotline can help you answer the following questions:
- How can I tell if someone I love is dealing with depression?
- Should I confront this person, or is there another way I can start the conversation?
- How can I show my support?
- Are there any support groups for family and friends of people with depression?
- What options do I have if I fear that my loved one is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else?
Calling a depression hotline is your opportunity to:
- Get information about depression and general mental health disorders.
- Talk to someone who understands what you are going through.
- Receive help confidentially and anonymously.
- Find a counselor, therapist, or mental health treatment facility.
- Learn how depression is treated.
- Discover how to help a loved one who is experiencing depression.
- Get more information about how depression is related to other mental health issues.