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Depression is a common and serious mood disorder




Depressive Symptoms

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with depression there is help.

What is Depression? Depression is a common and serious mood disorder. It effects how we think and how we handle our daily life. Depression will look different for everyone.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: What is Depression?
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
What is Depression?

Some common symptoms of depression

  • Loss of interest or sadness in usual activities most of the day.
  • Easily irritable with lack of interest in almost all, or nearly all activities in the day or every day.
  • Feelings of hopelessness where you may no longer value things that once were important as well as feeling helpless, isolated, worthless, etc.
  • Feelings of excessive guilt nearly every day.
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy or fatigue nearly every day.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions nearly every day.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

Talk to a doctor if you are having symptoms of depression that are lasting that effect your activities and daily living.

Why should I ask for help? Recognizing the symptoms of depression is the first step in seeking help. If left unaddressed it can make it hard for you to get through each day. It’s ok to feel helpless. Prioritizing your mental health is important to your well-being.

Experiencing depression can increase the risk of many types of physical and mental health problems that could lead to long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

How depression affects
the body

  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Inflammation
  • Causes headaches, stomachaches, or other aches and pains
  • Trouble sleeping, over-sleeping, or insomnia
  • Fatigue or lower energy levels
  • Decreased pain tolerance
  • Eye problems or decreasing vision
  • Digestive problems or IBS

How depression affects
the mind

  • Memory problems
  • Trouble thinking clearly
  • Anxiety
  • Uncontrollable emotions
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • General discontent
  • Loss of interest
  • Social isolation

Some things you can
do now

    • Take a short walk
    • Learn breathing techniques to help you relax like this video
    • Write in a journal
    • Maintain your hygiene like flossing your teeth or taking a shower
    • Make sure to eat something
    • Reach out to a trusted person in your life and share how you are feeling

No matter what you are going through, there are
things you can do to help improve your mood.

Ways to Cope with Depression

Develop a strong support networkReduce your stress level
Improve your sleepAvoid procrastination
Develop good nutritionLearn to curb negative thinking
Create a wellness toolboxKeep up with household chores

HPSJ Services

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with depression there is help. Your doctor is ready to help you. Health Plan of San Joaquin has a team that can help connect you to resources. Visit for more information.

HPSJ members have access to listen to the audio health library topics (English or Spanish) 24 hours, 7 days a week. Call 800.655.8294 and dial the extension for depression related topics.

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Need to ask a question about your health? Call a nurse or doctor 24/7 at 800.655.8294 to speak with someone when you’re not feeling well.

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Your emotional well-being matters. If the stress you feeling is too much you always have access to therapists and other related experts. Call BEACON 888.581.7526.

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A program that gives you care to meet your health needs with other chronic health issues. Our nurses work with you, your doctors, and the person taking care of you. To join you can call 209.942.6352.

Posted on February 7th, 2022 and last modified on November 17th, 2022.