The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Everybody's symptoms and causes can be different, which means treatment and the way you cope can also be very different from someone who has been diagnosed with the exact same illness. Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) doesn't have a 100% known cause, it can be derived from a multitude of things which is why it's important to reach out to a mental health professional to help work through any traumas, events, and symptoms to uncover the best relief for you.
One of the biggest things about mental health and illness is to educate yourself as best you can when dealing with a new illness or someone who has been diagnosed. These could be online resources, support groups, talking to a mental or medical health professional and discussing openly with loved ones what you're going through. For us, nothing has been more helpful in our mental health journies than being honest about what we're going through. "Fine" and "I'm OK" are no longer in the vocabulary. If someone is asking how you are, be honest as much as you comfortably can, you never know what they're going through in return or the resources they've discovered that can help you too.
As online as our society is, and as great as it is to be able to find the answer you're looking for at the click of a button, use caution when researching symptoms and causes and diagnoses as it can get overwhelming and lead you down a dark hole you may not even need to wander down! Always consult with a second opinion i.e. mental health professional, or your doctor before jumping to conclusions or self-diagnosing.
Never be afraid to reach out to us using our YAC AT US platform, we're always here to lend an ear and work together to find resources that best suit you!
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with Persistent Depressive Disorder:
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
1. Correa, A. (2017). 5 Tips to deal with PDD—the milder, ‘moody’ type of depression. Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture. Retrieved 16 April 2019, from https://aleteia.org/2017/03/23/5-tips-to-deal-with-pdd-the-milder-moody-type-of-depression/
2.Timothy J. Legg, C. (2018). What is a depressive episode and 12 tips for dealing with one. Medical News Today. Retrieved 16 April 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322
3. Dysthymia: 7 Natural Ways to Cope with Chronic Depression - Dr. Axe. (2019). Dr. Axe. Retrieved 16 April 2019, from https://draxe.com/dysthymia/
Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and are not able to provide licensed medical advice. This is a platform to relay information and share about mental illness.