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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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How to stop feeling depressed?

In the life of almost every person, there are moments when hands give up, life seems gray and monotonous, and there seems to be no light. At such moments, many things cease to bring pleasure, and some even annoy. Bad thoughts come into my head, nothing works, I’m tired of work, my wife (or husband) always expresses her displeasure, children rush back and forth, I just want to relax, hide from everyone somewhere and not see anyone and maybe drink a bottle - another beer and drag on a cigarette. Of course, everyone experiences a depressive state in their own way, but one thing is clear for sure - it does not bring joy. How to be in such moments of life? In this article, we will talk about ten natural ways to get rid of depression.

In a depressed, depressed state, we are visited by negative thoughts one after another, it is natural that when you feel depressed it is difficult to think about something good. However, if you continue to listen to them, they will only aggravate your condition, it would be much better for you to take effective measures at this moment to improve your condition. The following tips will help you overcome the tendency to have negative thoughts and ease feelings of depression, and while they may not get rid of the problem completely, they will allow you to take a breather during which it will be easier for you to find a solution. If the problem seems too serious for you, do not hesitate to seek help from professional therapists.

Ten natural ways to stop feeling depressed.

1. Understanding emotional cycles. Life cannot be only black or white, no matter how much we want to feel good all the time, practice shows that sometimes we have to face a series of failures or a wave of problems. And at such moments it is very important to understand that the feeling of depression that you experience is natural and will certainly pass after some time. The very knowledge that the feeling of depression is temporary makes it less scary.

2. Spend time with positive people. Nothing affects the way you think and how you feel like the people you interact with. Thoughts are contagious, both positive and negative. If you surround yourself with negative people, you are more likely to start thinking like them. Therefore, to improve your outlook on life, spend more time with positive people. When communicating with them, try to understand how they see the world. The feeling of depression you experience will be greatly relieved by the mere fact of being with positive, fun people.

3. Reflect on past successes. When you feel depressed, it is difficult to think about something good, and it is easy to forget that in the history of your life there are not only failures, but also victories. Take a few minutes to reflect on your past successes. What made you successful back then? What strengths did you show in those cases? How did you feel when you completed your business successfully? Remembering your past achievements will increase your sense of self-confidence, and naturally ease the surging feeling of despondency.

4. Focus on gratitude. People tend to compare themselves with other people, but more often than not, we compare ourselves with people who have achieved greater success than we do. Sometimes such a comparison allows us to inspire ourselves to great achievements, and sometimes it makes us feel bad about ourselves. If you are experiencing feelings of depression and feeding yourself thoughts of dissatisfaction with the current conditions of your life, think of those people who are less fortunate in life than you. Your problems will seem less significant to you compared to what these people have to endure. Remember, there is always something for which you can be thankful in life, but sometimes you just do not notice it or do not want to notice it.

5. Change the scenery. Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed, our environment becomes associated with negative feelings. Objects around us begin to remind us of our problems, and this makes it more difficult to cope with depression. To improve the condition, try a change of scenery. It is not necessary to move furniture or re-paste wallpaper for this, simple changes in the atmosphere of your workspace or room will be enough. Add some light, change the curtains or curtains, buy an indoor flower, any, even the smallest but noticeable, changes can have a positive effect on your condition.

6. Break up the routine. If everything in your life is becoming predictable, if you know exactly to the minute what you will do tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, and every day is similar to the previous one, it's time to think about making changes to your schedule. Routine fills a person with dull feelings and thoughts, and this, in turn, complicates the task of ending depression. If you want to ease your depression, make changes to your routine. Take a day off, do something that you never had time for. Take a walk in the city or park, meet friends, go on a picnic, to the cinema, to an amusement park or sit in a cafe. Any positive changes to your schedule will improve your condition.

7. Go out into nature. Living nature has some kind of invisible, healing energy that has a beneficial effect on the state of the human soul. Just take a walk in the forest, watch the birds, animals living there, the beauty and strength of mighty trees, all these are living beings, almost the same as us, except that they do not have a mind. They care little about the past and the future, they all live in the present and enjoy every day. Listen to the birds singing, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the murmur of the brook, look at the passing clouds and the rays of the sun making their way down through the foliage of the trees. Nature is beautiful and harmonious, being in nature it is difficult not to think about something good.

8. Get moving. Probably each of you has heard the expression: “Movement is life”, this phrase will never cease to be true. The more physically active you are, the higher your mood level. Why do you think a person needs morning exercises? That's right, in order to recharge your batteries for the whole day. In general, any physical activity contributes to the improvement of your physical and spiritual condition. If you want to get rid of a depressed state, go to the gym, or take a short walk, run in the park, or at least do some exercises at home.

9. Change your point of view. How big are your problems? If you look at them as insurmountable circumstances, it starts to depress you even more. But why not try to look at them from a different point of view. Imagine how you would look at them five, ten or fifteen years later. How significant is your problem relative to the problems of all mankind? And how significant is your problem on a galactic or universal scale? What will your problem look like after millions of years, when thousands of generations have changed? From this perspective, we appear as tiny blades of grass, blowing up minor problems to the size of an elephant.

10. Do something. What is the use of your lamentations, accusations against yourself or anyone else? Does your desire to hide from everyone, the bitterness of resentment, guilt or self-pity bring you closer to solving the problem? Start thinking not about the problem as such, but about how to solve it. This, in my opinion, is one of the most important steps you can take to alleviate depression. Think about how you can solve the problem in front of you and take action. Believe me, this is much better than tormenting yourself with thoughts about the problem, about what you could have done so that it did not arise, and possible negative consequences.

How you deal with your depression determines how and in what time frame you can deal with it. Quite often, depression is fueled by negative thoughts, but thoughts are something you can control, or learn to control. Throw away the thoughts that make you feel negative, distract yourself with something that gives you joy. Most problems are temporary, and most of them you can handle, and if you can't do it yourself, remember that there are people around you, and among them there is someone who can help you.

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European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure

What patients need to know

This European Society of Cardiology (ESC) patient guide provides a concise overview of the most current evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

In particular, it is designed to help patients understand:

  • what are the main types of heart failure;
  • what medicines are used to treat heart failure;
  • which devices can be used;
  • why full rehabilitation is important;
  • how important is treatment by medical specialists of different profiles;
  • how important it is to take care of yourself and control your condition.

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