Coping With Depression


Dos and Don'ts for Dealing with Anger

Anger happens, it's just part of life. But if you have depression you can add anger to the list of common symptoms. But there are things you can do to blunt the effects of this intense and sometimes dangerous feeling.   View slideshow


Boost Your Mood Naturally

Who needs a vacation to feel happier? Simple things can brighten your day. Petting a dog for just 15 minutes lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Here’s our list of things to do to boost your mood now!   View slideshow


Money Trouble? 14 Depression-Fighting Tips

Many people are having a tough time paying bills; others are in even more grim economic straits. Read on for tips on how to maintain your mental health, get a grip on your finances, and maybe even find some personal growth in these tough times.   View slideshow


20 Celebrities Who Battled Depression

Depression is a serious illness that can happen to anyone, even people who seem to have it all. Here are 20 famous people, whether actors, singers, or athletes, who have struggled with depression, including postpartum depression and bipolar disorder.   View slideshow


8 Helpful Websites for Coping With Depression

The following websites include an online guide, tips and articles related to coping, online depression communities, and an action plan for recovery.   View slideshow

Stigma Haunts Mentally Ill Latinos

Is depression in Latinos—our country's fastest-growing demographic—being ignored? Underdiagnosed? Undertreated?
Gabriela Martinez always spent a lot of time in bed, and she rarely laughed, or even spoke. For decades, her family shrugged off this unusual behavior as nervios, or "nerve problems." Finally, five years after moving to the United States from Cuba with her family in 1965, Martinez visited a psychiatrist at her daughter's urging and was diagnosed with depression.  Read More


17 Ways to Avoid Depression Relapse

Recovering from depression? The thought of a relapse can be scary. But there are steps you can take to avoid a depression relapse in the future.   View slideshow


10 Careers With High Rates of Depression

Some jobs are more depression-prone than others due to stress, unpredictable or long hours, or little control. Here are the 10 fields in which workers are most likely to report having an episode of major depression.   View slideshow

Why Your Job Is Making You Depressed

Most people in today’s economy are happy just to have a job—any job. But work-related factors like long hours, a poor relationship with your boss, and lack of control over daily tasks—factors that can get worse when the boss is pinching pennies—can contribute to depression as well.  Read More


Why I Don't Blame Myself for Depression

Depression is very isolating. You just don't talk about it in the same way you would if you broke a foot and were going to the hospital.
Jessica (not her real name) is a 24-year-old advertising executive who lives in New York City. She has depression and bulimia, but comes from a family with a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality. She finally sought help, and got it. After starting treatment, she has come to terms with feelings of guilt and self-blame about her depression. She knows she has a treatable condition, and that depression is not her fault.   Read More


10 Tips for Feuding Families

How do you make it through that holiday dinner without fighting about politics, religion, or some other hot-button topic? Here are 10 tips.   View slideshow

How Self-Stigma Hurts People With Depression

Experts say self-stigma can impede a depressed or mentally ill person’s ability to recover.
People who suffer from mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, face a litany of challenges: dark moods, an inability to enjoy life’s pleasures, powerful prescription medication, isolation, and social stigma.  Read More


Surviving Depression Took Strength and Hard Work

People don’t realize depression is a real disease. They think it’s all in your head and you just need to get over it.
Catherine Kahr has struggled for decades with major depression, surviving multiple suicide attempts and several hospitalizations, including a two-year stay at an infamous state institution for the mentally ill. Now 40, she is happily married and has three daughters. She says perseverance, her family’s support, and a commitment to therapy pulled her “out of the darkness.”   Read More


10 Tips for Dating With Depression

Dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression. That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy. These 10 simple tips can help make dating a bit easier.   View slideshow

Depression in the Workplace: Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

Should you tell your employer you're depressed?
The stigma surrounding depression is not what it was a generation ago, but the decision whether to inform your employer and colleagues about your depression (or another mental illness) should not be taken lightly.  Read More


12 Great Blogs for People With Depression

No one can detail life with depression and other mental illnesses better than people who are actually going through it. Here are 12 blogs that provide support, information, and a chance to connect with others.   View slideshow


10 No-Cost Strategies to Fight Depression

Exercise, use talk therapy, relax, postpone decisions, get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and avoid alcohol to fight depression for free.   View slideshow

Will Your Depression Diagnosis Protect You From Employment Discrimination?

What you can do to protect your rights and try to stay sane at work
Like most people with depression and other mental illnesses, Keris Myrick, 46, had trouble at work. In one job, at a university, she asked her boss for a flexible schedule as she coped with a relapse. "My depression was like a tumbleweed, getting bigger and bigger," Myrick recalls. "Then I went into the hospital." ...  Read More

Self-Help Groups for Depression

They're free. And research suggests they really help
Research scientists rarely agree on the best treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. But there is one area where something like consensus is emerging: the benefits of support groups for people suffering from mental disorders, either as an adjunct to therapy or alone...  Read More

5 Depression Relapse Triggers to Watch For

Heed the warning signs
For people with a history of depression or bipolar disorder, the risk of relapse looms like a cloud over their lives, threatening to separate them from their work, relationships, even their children. Stress, sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, and stopping treatment are the most common relapse triggers...  Read More


The Secrets to a Super-Happy Winter

Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn’t have to be. Bliss out this season with these mood-boosting strategies.   View slideshow

Video: Perspectives on Coping With Depression