DEPRESSION

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.

Depression is a mood disorder and the cause can been emotional, social, biological or psychological, and will only be diagnosed after the person has experienced persistent symptoms for two weeks or more. Everyone experiences depression in an individual way; however, there are some symptoms of depression that are said to be common:

  • Restlessness and agitation

  • Changes to sleep patterns (sleeping more or sleeping less)

  • Feeling tired and having no energy

  • Poor concentration and memory

  • Feeling irritable, tearful and impatient

  • Feeling helpless and worthless

  • Thinking about suicide and/or self harm

It is estimated that one in six people will become depressed at some point in their lifetime, and it can range from mild depression lasting a few months, to major (clinical depression) which at its worst can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Various studies have found that depression is more common amongst people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans because of factors such as homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, bullying and social isolation.

Other types of depression you may have heard of:

 

  • Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression)

  • Post-natal depression

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Just as a person’s experience of depression is unique, everyone responds to treatment differently.

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CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION WINDSOR-ESSEX (LEAMINGTON OFFICE)
215 Talbot Street East, Leamington, ONT, N8H 3X5
Phone: 519-255-7440
www.windsoressex.cmha.ca

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION WINDSOR-ESSEX (WINDSOR OFFICE)
1400 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, ONT, N8X 3L9
Phone: 519-255-7440
www.windsoressex.cmha.ca

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.

 

FAMILY SERVICES WINDSOR-ESSEX
1770 Langlois Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N8X 4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010   Email: info@fswe.ca
www.fswe.ca
We offer counselling services for individuals, couples, children and youth who are experiencing challenges with relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety, sexuality, separation, divorce, parenting, trauma, self-esteem and emotional regulation and overall wellness. We also provide professional, voluntary and confidential advocacy and support services to families, individuals, couples, older adults and persons with developmental disabilities who need help finding housing, completing forms, or filling out taxes. We also support individuals experiencing hoarding, bullying, or financial distress.

 

KIDS HELP PHONE
1-800-668-6868
www.kidshelpphone.ca

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display.

HOTEL-DIEU COMMUNITY CRISIS CENTRE
744 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 1E1
Phone: 519-973-4435
www.hdgh.org/crisis

The Community Crisis Centre is a partnership of area hospitals and social organizations committed to providing 24-hour crisis response services to residents of Windsor and Essex County who are experiencing serious mental illness and/or acute psychosocial problems. A variety of services are provided to reach individuals in crisis, including a 24-hour crisis phone line, follow-up crisis counseling and referrals.


LGBT YOUTHLINE
Phone: 1-800-268-9688
www.youthline.ca

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY HEALTH UNIT (LEAMINGTON)
33 Princess Street, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 5C5
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org
Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.


WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY HEALTH UNIT (WINDSOR)
1005 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4J8
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org
Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.