Coping With Depression: You Are Not Alone

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Depression, The Unnoticed Ailment

Depression is a mental health disease with a mood disorder characterised by a prolonged feeling of sadness and loss of interest1.

infographic on depression in singapore

Most individuals coping with depression exhibit symptms such as:1,3,4

symptoms of depression

Individuals with depression need not shy away from seeking help. It is of utmost importance for these individuals to break their silence and social stigma to step forward and receive appropriate therapies to overcome depression5.


Understanding Depression: The First Step Toward Hope and Healing

Depression is a multifactorial disease caused by the following factors:1,3

factors causing depression

Depression can be classified into several types, owing to specific circumstances:4,6

types of depression, major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Coping Strategies for Depression: Re-Live to Relieve Yourself

Depression is a treatable disease, irrespective of its severity. The earlier the treatment, the more effective the outcome is6.

Given below are several treatment strategies to overcome depression:2,7-11

lifestyle changes as coping strategy for depression

exercise and physical activity for depression

nutrition and whole food diet as coping strategy for depression

sleep hygiene as coping strategy for depression

psychological interventions as coping strategy for depression

mindfulness-based interventions for depression

cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression

interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression

medication for depression such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood-stabilisers


Do Not Hesitate to Reach Out for Assistance: Support and Resources

The global increase in depression cases has led to the emergence of various resources and support services.

Below are several ways how individuals can seek assistance in coping with depression12.

support groups for depression

online resources for depression



1. Chand SP, Arif H. Depression. StatPearls Publishing. Available at: Accessed on: 1 March 2023.

2. MOH Clinical Practice Guidelines: Depression 2012. Available at: Accessed on: 1 March 2023.

3. Depression. Agency for Integrated Care. Agency for Integrated Care. Available at: Accessed on: 3 April 2023.

4. MindSG. HealthHub. Available at: Accessed on: 3 April 2023.

5. Blumenthal R, Endicott J. Barriers to seeking treatment for major depression. Depress Anxiety. 1996;4:273–278.

6. Depression. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Available at: Accessed on: 2 March 2023.

7. Correll CU, Detraux J, De Lepeleire J, et al. Effects of antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers on risk for physical diseases in people with schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. World Psychiatry. 2015;14:119–136.

8. Sarris J, O’Neil A, Coulson CE, et al. Lifestyle medicine for depression. BMC Psychiatry. 2014;14:107.

9. What Is Sleep Hygiene? Sleep Foundation. Available at: Accessed on: 2 March 2023.

10. What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Available at:, Accessed on: 2 March 2023.

11. Interpersonal Psychotherapy IPT. CAMH. Available at: Accessed on: 2 March 2023.

12. Smit D, Vrijsen JN, Groeneweg B, et al. A Newly Developed Online Peer Support Community for Depression (Depression Connect): Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021;23:e25917.


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