Managing moderate depression

Depression is common, but it doesn't usually go away on its own. There are things you can do to help yourself, but you may also benefit from professional treatment.

Talk with your doctor about your symptoms and access a range of other resources for additional support.

 

Group therapy

Group therapy allows member with similar health issues or wellness goals to connect with and support one another — and you don't have to share anything you’re not comfortable with. Common topics include relationships, work, family, and stressful life events. 

Learn more about your care options

You can also call us to learn more about therapy and other mental health services. When you call, we'll ask for information to help us direct you to the right care for you.

 

Health classes

Our in-person classes are taught by trained instructors to help you strengthen relationships, change unhealthy thinking and behaviors, cope with stress, and more.

Search our directory for current programs and classes.

 

Personalized healthy lifestyle programs

Enroll in a free online program to help steer your life in a more positive direction. You’ll get an individualized action plan and follow-up emails to track your progress.

  • Care for depression. Manage symptoms of depression and develop positive coping skills.
  • Dream. Get the sleep you need to help prevent or improve depression without medication.
  • Relax. Find out what’s causing your stress and build skills to manage it.
 

Guided meditations

Positive thoughts and images can help "re-wire" your brain and relax your body for greater inner peace and happiness. Download one of our audio programs and make some time to sit back and listen.

 

Self-care tools and tips

Life’s normal ups and downs can throw you off-kilter — but simple self-care strategies and healthy habits can help you through them. Get specific tips for:

 

Employee assistance programs

Most large companies offer confidential Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to help employees and their family members address depression and other health issues. EAPs provide services like: 

  • Evaluation, short-term counseling, and referrals to other services, such as financial counseling
  • Support to help manage personal and work-related challenges
  • Information about self-help groups and other community support resources

Contact your Human Resource Department for information.

 

Peer support

You don’t have to go it alone. Online communities and in-person support groups offer a place to share information and connect with others who have similar health concerns.

 

Medication

Antidepressants change the balance of chemicals in the brain that often cause depression. You may need to try several antidepressants before you find the one that works best for you. Talk to your doctor about whether antidepressants might be right for you.

Common medications for depression include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft).
  • Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), such as venlafaxine (Effexor), venlafaxine SR (Effexor XR), and duloxetine (Cymbalta).
  • Other antidepressants, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR), mirtazapine (Remeron), and trazodone (Desyrel).

More on medication.

 

See all care options

If you have depression, we have a range of care options depending on your symptoms.

Take the self-assessment

Depression is a real – and common – medical condition that can affect your mind, body, and spirit. Take this self-assessment to see if you have any symptoms of depression.

Self-assessment

 

 


Reviewed by Nolan Thompson, MD, April 2019.