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Depression

Depression is a common and serious mood disorder marked by feelings of persistent sadness, anxiousness, or "emptiness." These are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain or a stressful life event. Learn about the different types of depression:
 

Persistent depressive disorder
Also known as "Dysthymia," an individual with this condition is constantly in a low mood, lasting for at least two years. Two or more of the following symptoms will occur frequently: feelings of hopelessness, too little or too much sleep, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor appetite or over eating, and/or poor concentration. 

Perinatal depression
This type of depression can happen to a woman during pregnancy or after the birth of her child. Symptoms during pregnancy include crying, sleep problems, fatigue, appetite disturbance, loss of enjoyment of activities, anxiety, and poor fetal attachment.

After the baby is born, a woman may feel the "baby blues" where they experience irritability, frustration, anxiety, intense mood changes, and more. These symptoms usually resolve within two weeks. If symptoms continue and worsen to extreme worry; loss of interest in the baby, family, or activities; and persistent sadness, they may be experiencing Postpartum depression.

Psychotic depression
People with psychotic depression experience psychosis or a loss of reality. They may have hallucinations or delusions and require hospitalization.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Individuals with SAD experience low moods at the same time every year. Symptoms of hopelessness, fatigue, depression, and withdrawal from social settings usually occur in the fall and can continue into the winter months.

Mental Health Depression Management Program

Depression management resources aim to improve the quality of life for our members with a diagnosis of depression. Quality of life is achieved through support of the health care practitioner’s plan of treatment, especially continuation of medication as ordered and follow-up after acute hospitalization. In addition, patient education and the identification of barriers to treatment are part of the depression management process.

If you or a loved one experience any of these depression symptoms, get help immediately.

 

Who Is Eligible for Depression Management?

Members are identified for eligibility through:

  • Out-patient medical and pharmacy claims
  • In-patient hospital claims
  • Members with certain medical conditions may be appropriate candidates for depression management
  • Members may self-refer for assistance with depression management

What Services Are Offered?

  • Personalized educational material
  • Free, telephonic health coaching by our staff of registered nurses
  • Newsletter articles
  • Web links to nationally recognized resources
  • Web-based program information and self-management tools
  • Comprehensive prescription formulary
  • Online enrollment and "opt-out options"

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Let's Talk Stigma

Many people suffer from a mental health diagnosis in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. Let's Talk Stigma is starting a conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.