So you think you have depression. Now what?
The primary difference between sadness and depression is that sadness is a normal emotion and depression is an abnormal mental state. In other words, depression colors everything in your life. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that often requires more intensive light therapy and even medication, and major depression is rarely something you can conquer on your own. To seek help from a professional, Nichols recommends the American Psychology Association’s Psychologist Locator or Psychology Today’s Therapist Search to find the right treatment for you. Too much of a commitment? Start an open dialogue with someone you trust. “Men can be terrible at help-seeking or talking about something unless it’s falling off or bleeding,” Nichols says. “Talk to a buddy — don’t sit there getting mad at yourself for not being at your best. Be verbal about it, and you might be surprised at how many people feel similarly.”