Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

Depression: A Disorder That Can Be Helped

Not too long ago, BCBS shared a statistic on Facebook which stated that 8 percent of the population suffers from depression.

We received an abundance of comments ranging from supportive comments and advice to get through it to requests for help. Because this came directly from our Blue Cross and Blue Shield community, we felt it would be helpful to highlight available resources and information should you or someone you know need it.

Where can I seek help?

As a member, you can seek help by reaching out to your doctor or Primary Care Physician (PCP) to confide in him or her about your feelings and emotions. Your doctor will be able to refer you to mental health services for depression. There is nothing wrong with seeking help. Reach out if you feel the need to.

I think I need to see someone. What do I do now?

If you need help in finding out where to start, you can call the number on the back of your BCBSIL member ID card. Let us know how we can assist you and if you’d like to speak to a case manager. Conversations can be translated to Spanish over the phone, should you need assistance.

What should I know about Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness, regardless of what many people may think. It goes beyond a feeling of being sad or that a cloud is hovering over you for a few days. According to MedlinePlus, “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 or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

You are not alone!

If you are contemplating thoughts of suicide, please seek medical care, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800.273.8255 or visit the website for help and guidance.

There is nothing “wrong with you.”

Depression is not part of growing pains, nor is it laziness. It is a disorder of the brain that has various causes that include genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.  

Depression can develop at any age, but a lot of times it begins in teenagers and young people and much more common in women. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

Don’t wait! Remember, depression is treatable if diagnosed. If you feel concern for yourself or a loved one, find a PCP today or call us at the number on the back of your BCBSIL ID card and ask for help! There’s nothing to be ashamed of, and we are here to help. 

Originally published September 19, 2016; Revised 2019