Staying healthy includes taking care of both your body and your mind. Depression is more common than you may think, and it can affect children, teens, and adults. There are many things you can do to start to feel better.
What is depression?
Depression is a medical illness that affects mood, thought, behavior and general health. Depression involves feeling sad, discouraged, or hopeless for weeks, months, or longer.
What causes depression?
Depression occurs when the chemicals in the brain are out of balance, but there is no single cause for depression. There are many factors that can cause a person to develop depression, such as:
- Having blood relatives who have had depression
- Changes in family and/or personal life
- Bullying or a difficult social environment
- Traumatic or stressful life events
- Changes in hormones
- Taking certain medications. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about whether your medications might be making you feel depressed.
- Having a medical problem such as cancer, stroke, or chronic pain
- Using alcohol or drugs
What are symptoms of depression?
- Changes in sleep: You sleep more or less than normal
- Changes in eating habits: You eat more or less than normal. You may gain or lose weight.
- Poor focus: You cannot make decisions or finish reading a short article
- Loss of energy: You cannot complete daily tasks
- Lack of interest: You lose interest in doing things that you once enjoyed
- Low self-esteem: You think a lot about past failures
- Feeling guilty or hopeless: You think your life will never get better
- Changes in movement: You move slowly or frantically
- Thoughts of death: You often think of death or harming yourself. If you are having thoughts of death, or need someone to talk to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 to reach a 24-hour crisis center or call 911.
Can I get better?
Yes! Medicine and “talk therapy” can help your depression. You and your provider can work together to find other things to help you get better.
Who suffers from depression?
Anyone can suffer from depression. It is a serious illness requiring treatment. If you think you may have depression, talk to your provider. You can get help and feel better.
Click here to learn more about depression, possible treatment, and support.
- Molina allows 90-day refills on certain medications. Please talk with your provider about getting a 90-day prescription for your antidepressant medication. Getting a 90-day prescription fill means fewer trips to the pharmacy.
- Molina also offers mail order pharmacy services through CVS (800) 875-0867 or CVS.com, where your prescriptions can be mailed directly to your home.
- Visit the following pages to learn more about depression, possible treatment or therapies, and support towards feeling better:
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you need assistance with nonemergency transportation for medical and behavioral appointments (Apple Health [Medicaid]), please visit: hca.wa.gov/transportation-help.