Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

When BCBS shared a statistic on Facebook revealing a sizeable percent of the population suffers from depression, we heard from a lot of you. Many of the comments were supportive. Others wanted advice on how to get through it.  Some were requests for help.

Knowing the comments came directly from our Blue Cross and Blue Shield community, we wanted to help. That’s why we are highlighting available resources and information that may help you or someone you know who is suffering from depression.

Where Can I Find Help?

As a member, you can start by reaching out to your doctor or Primary Care Physician (PCP) to share your feelings and emotions. Your doctor can refer you to mental health services for depression. Remember, there is nothing wrong with getting help. Reach out when you feel like it’s hard to handle things on your own.

I Think I Need to See Someone. What Do I Do Now?

When you need help, just knowing where to start make a big difference. Call the number on the back of your BCBSIL member ID card. Let us know how we can assist you. Conversations can be translated to Spanish over the phone if you need assistance.

What Should I Know About Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness, no matter what many people may think. It goes beyond sadness or feeling like a dark cloud is hovering over you. According to MedlinePlus,leaving site icon  “If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away.” These feelings can continue to affect your life.

Symptoms may include:

  • Feeling sad or "empty"
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Overeating or not wanting to eat at all
  • Not being able to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling very tired or lacking energy to do things
  • Aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious or guilty
  • Thoughts of death or suicide leaving site icon 

You Are Not Alone!

If you are thinking about suicide, please seek medical care. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline leaving site icon at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the website for help and guidance.

There is Nothing “Wrong with You.”

Depression is not part of growing pains. It’s not about laziness. It is a disorder of the brain that can be caused by genetic, biologic, environmental and psychological factors. .

Depression can develop at any age, but it often begins in teenagers and young people. It is much more common in women. Depression is one part of bipolar disorderleaving site icon 

There is Hope.

Remember, depression is treatable if diagnosed. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, find a PCP today or call us at the number on the back of your BCBSIL ID card. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. We are here to help!

Sources: Depression,leaving site icon  MedlinePlus, 2021; Suicide,leaving site icon  MedlinePlus, 2018; Bipolar Disorder,leaving site icon  MedlinePlus, 2021.
Originally published 9/19/2016; Revised 2019, 2022