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National Depression Education and Awareness Month – October 2022


Depression and anxiety are serious conditions that can affect anyone. Although they are often thought of as mental health issues, they have physical effects too, including changes in appetite and sleep patterns. Depression and anxiety can also interfere with everyday activities like school, work or social life. The good news is that there’s help available for people living with depression and anxiety — including medications, therapy and self-care activities like exercise or walking outside in nature — but only if you ask for it!

Take time to remind yourself that there is help and resources available to you.

It's okay to ask for help. The National Depression Education and Awareness Month website has a list of resources you can use to get in touch with someone who can help you, including hotlines and support groups. You are not alone. There are many people who have been through what you are going through, so do not be afraid to reach out if your depression is too much to handle on your own!

There is hope for those suffering from depression: therapy, medication (if needed), or both have proven effective at treating the disorder. In fact, scientists have found that therapy combined with daily exercise can even affect brain chemistry in such a way as to make it possible for patients' brains to rewire themselves away from negative thought patterns over time! Depression isn't something that needs permanent treatment; there are ways out of this darkness!

Be extra gentle with yourself today and always.

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. You may feel like it, but there are people who care about you and want to help. It’s easy to get caught up in our own heads when we feel depressed or anxious. We forget that others have gone through similar experiences and often find ways to cope with them.

So take time today (and every day) to be kinder towards yourself than usual. Give yourself credit for all of the hard work you put into getting out of bed each morning and try not to beat yourself up over mistakes made along the way — everyone makes them! And most importantly, be gentle with others too because they could also use a little extra support from time-to-time too!

Consider finding a therapist in your community.

Consider finding a therapist in your community.

Therapists are trained to help people with mental health issues, including depression, and can be helpful in many ways. They can provide support, advice, and information on different treatments that might help you. If you don't know any therapists, ask friends or family if they have someone they recommend. You can also look online for therapists in your area (searching “therapists [city name]” is usually helpful).

Go for a walk in a beautiful place — perhaps a park or conservatory — where you can be surrounded by the healing powers of nature.

As you walk, take in the sights and sounds around you. Let your mind wander as you take slow, deliberate steps. Allow yourself to be fully present in this moment of respite. Think about how far you've come since your last major depressive episode, and how much further still there is to go.

If you’re religious, devote some time to prayer or meditation.

  • If you’re religious, devote some time to prayer or meditation.

  • Prayer can be a way of connecting with God, which can help lift your spirits and give you peace.

  • Meditation has many benefits for those who practice it regularly, including helping them let go of negative thoughts and feelings that may contribute to depression.

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it — that’s actually one of the best things you can do to feel better.

Depression is a serious mental health problem that can affect anyone. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are many resources available to you.

You can get help if you need it by contacting Gupta Psychiatry today!

Remember: it’s okay to ask for help when you need it!


We hope these tips will help you take care of yourself and feel better. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help — that’s actually one of the best things you can do to feel better. And remember: depression affects everyone differently, so try different things until you find something that works!

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