Is depression simply a “chemical imbalance” in the brain?
Depression is very complex. It involves brain chemicals like serotonin, brain cell connections, and much more. Understanding the science behind depression and its symptoms can often help those who suffer from it.
iCope, for encouraging and reassuring messages you create
Purple Chill, for exercises on mindfulness, muscle relaxation, and visualization
Slumber Time, to get a better night’s rest with a bedtime checklist, sleep diary, and customizable alarm
Daily Feats, to help you incorporate worthwhile and productive activities into your day
Kaiser Permanente Northwest members can use myStrength. It’s a digital personalized program that includes interactive activities, in-the-moment coping tools, inspirational resources, and community support. You can track preferences and goals, current emotional states, and ongoing life events to improve your awareness and change behaviors.
What if I need help right now?
If you feel like you can’t cope, life is very difficult, or your life isn’t worth living, get help now.
For quick attention:
If you’re a Kaiser Permanente Northwest member, call Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Crisis at 503-331-6425 or 1-866-453-3932. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Caring, experienced Kaiser Permanente team members will evaluate your situation and find the right care for you.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (available 24 hours a day). Local crisis workers will listen and help.
1-800-799-4889 (TTY for hearing and speech impaired)
Depression and abuse
People who live with abuse often struggle with depression. If someone is hurting you, tell your doctor or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE to get help.
Are there any other ways I can get help?
As you deal with your depression, a health coach can offer support along with coping strategies.