Major Depressive Disorder
Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. Most people experience these feelings sometimes. But when such feelings last for more than two weeks, and it interferes with daily activities (e.g., taking care of family, going to work or school, or spending time with friends), it is likely a major depressive episode. Major depression is a treatable illness that affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and functions. TREATMENT: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in North America and with proper help, it is very treatable. Psychotherapies for depression include behavioural activation, cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy, and problem-solving therapy (a minimum of 5-10 therapy sessions is recommended).
"BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. YOU ARE BRAVER THAN YOU THINK, MORE TALENTED THAN YOU KNOW, AND CAPABLE OF MORE THAN YOU IMAGINE. "
-ROY T. BENNETT
Helpful Links For Major Depressive Disorder
- Canadian Psychological Association Depression fact sheet PDF
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America- Depression brochure PDF
- Canadian Psychological Association Seasonal Affective Disorder fact sheet PDF
- The American Psychiatric Association - An organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness.
- For more resources, please visit the Helpful Links Page
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