Depression

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Depression Screening: Take this online test to find out if you are depressed.

Symptoms or Signs of Depression

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+ Behavioral Symptoms
+ Affective (Emotional) Symptoms
+ Cognitive (Mental) Symptoms
+ Somatic (Physical) Symptoms

How to Stay Spiritually Connected

  • Pray often, and always as if your Heavenly Father was nearby.
  • Study the scriptures from a personal point of view as your needs dictate, either topically or chronologically.
  • Read a church book on a favorite topic.
  • Take a walk in nature and appreciate the works of God.
  • Listen to or read a Conference talk.
  • Sing and listen to favorite sacred music.
  • Take a religion class and participate in class.
  • Realize that you are a child of God and have eternal worth.
  • Participate in temple service.
  • Forgive yourself and others.

How to Help a Friend

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+ Be able to tell facts from fiction
+ Know the possible symptoms
+ What not to do

Three Empirically-Proven Interventions

1. Gratitude letter and visit:

Write a thoughtful, heart-felt letter of thanks to someone who has made a significant difference in your life (someone you haven't thanked before). If at all possible, deliver this letter in person.

2. Three good things

At the end of the day, look back and acknowledge three good things that happened during the day and acknowledge why they happened (in other words, "count your blessings").

3. Using signature strengths of character in novel ways:

Take the Values in Action Survey. Identify your personal strengths. Use them in novel (new) ways.

Resources

Information about Depression from the National Institute of Mental Health

Take care of yourself by keeping a balance in your life

Learn how to challenge faulty thinking that may contribute to depression.

If you are hard on yourself, check out this information on perfectionism.

Check out this information from the Mayo Clinic on how exercise eases the symptoms of depression.