While you are ultimately the judge of when it makes sense to seek care for depression, there are two questions to ask yourself:
- Distress: How upset are you feeling about what you’re experiencing? How intense are your unwanted emotions (sadness, numbness, hopelessness, etc.), and how frequent are they?
- Impairment: How much is the depression getting in the way of things you want to do (or used to want to do – such as spend time with friends, or do a favorite hobby), or need to do (such as do schoolwork or go to work).
If you’re still unsure about what to do, this depression screening from Mental Health America might help to clarify things.
While it is easy to ignore your feelings, distract yourself from depression, or convince yourself that what you’re feeling isn’t “that bad,” prolonging your struggle often makes things worse. Getting help is a sign of strength. Professional support can help you to feel better, and the resources on this page can help with accessing the right support for you. Want more info? Check out our article on seeking help when depressed.