Depression can feel lonely. People often feel like they are the only ones struggling. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many people around us are struggling with the common cold that is depression. One way to feel less alone is to engage with an active listener in a depression chat room or a chat with a listener to share your sadness.
Sharing about loss, grief, and common struggles in a depression chat can help give you space to grieve. Sometimes we just need to communicate with others to get enough space or perspective to better understand our struggles or bad feelings. Getting help with depression can sometimes feel challenging. We sometimes fear people may judge us. Other times we might be concerned about burdening other people. We may feel pressure to act like everything is okay. The reality is we all go through ups and downs. They are a normal part of life. If you'd like to try getting depression help, check out our guides and connect with an active listener. We've all been there, and you are not alone.
If you're not sure if you're depressed but think you're just bored or lonely, chat in our Bored & Lonely Chat Room. Some additional resources that might help you, in addition to chatting with someone in our depression chat room: What is depression?, and What does depression feel like?. Another thread worth checking out is: How do I know if I'm depressed or if I'm just sad?
A majority of people experience sadness or depression at least once during their lifetime. It can be difficult to overcome depression without support, without learning what exactly depression is, and without learning helpful coping strategies. This course is designed to provide you with those types of learning opportunities with the goal being to improve your mood. There are 6 lessons within this course that have been adapted from Greenberger and Padesky (1995) and Barlow (2008), which are both based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles. CBT is popular for treating many psychological problems, including depression.
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If your symptoms persist and significantly interfere with your day to day life, it is important to seek professional depression help. Feeling sad or depressed are emotions that almost everyone experiences at some point in their lives, but if they go on for an extended period of time, you should talk to a professional. We can assist you in locating a depression therapist that is geographically close to you.