Depression is a serious illness that involves the whole body, affecting appetite and sleep as well as the way people feel and think. Depression is one of the most common health conditions in the world. About 20% of the adult population experiences depression. Minnesota state employees are no exception.
The good news is that most people with depression get better with treatment. Symptoms of mild or even moderate depression are often reduced with lifestyle changes. Other forms of depression benefit from treatment that includes psychotherapy and medicine.
For some people, getting rest, exercising, eating nutritiously, and maintaining social activities can reduce the effects of mild or even moderate depression. See how depression may be affecting your life, and use these resources for help.
Personal counseling is available 24/7/365 with LifeMatters EAP at 800-657-3719. A LifeMatters consultant will help you create a plan to assess or address depression and its symptoms for yourself or someone you care about.
LifeMatters also has specialty consultants to help with personal financial and legal concerns that often contribute to stress.
Persistent or acute stress can lead to depression. Dial down your stress. Ask a StayWell health coach how you can get started by calling 1-855-428-6320 to get personal, one-on-one support. Working with a health coach is available following completion of your Health Assessment.
Rather learn about how to cope with stress on your own? Get support online. Go to SEGIP.staywell.com and use the Program tab to reach the Health Center for Stress Management. Work Well provides ideas and resources to support physical activity and good nutrition for the workplace. A little time spent well at work can help reduce the symptoms of depression.
One of the specific challenges of depression is that it often robs people of the energy and hope to even begin a self-care program. When self-care and brief counseling aren't effective, medical treatment is advised.
The state's Advantage Health Plan provides effective treatment for depression, primarily through the use of medicine and talk therapy. Contact your health plan by using the information on the back of your health insurance with the link below: