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A way to a better you

Life-changing events are happening everywhere, and times have been hard for many of us. Have you been diagnosed with depression and are you taking antidepressant medication? Here are a few important things to know:

What is depression?

  • Depression is a mood disorder that causes deep, ongoing sadness.
  • Depression can make it hard for you to do your normal daily tasks.
  • About 1 in 10 adults is diagnosed with depression yearly.

What to know about antidepressants:

  • Medication can take up to six weeks to work.
  • Take your medication as advised. Don't stop without talking to your doctor first.
  • Ask what results and side effects to expect. Tell your doctor if you have any.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor.

What else can you do?

  • Build a social support team with friends and family.
  • Ask your doctor to connect you with a counselor.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Exercise several times a week.
  • Eat healthy.

Talk with your doctor today, and together make your treatment plan the best it can be!

Source: hopkinsmedicine.org

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