Fighting Depression

By: Jonah Radtke

Depression-a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and moreprolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Compare clinical depression.
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  • 1 in every 33 children
  • 1 in every 8 teens
  • 1 in every 7 adult men
  • 1 in every 4 adult women
  • 1 in every 10 new mothers following childbirth
  • 1 in every 6 elders over the age of 65 (Zucker)
  • In 2005 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16.9% of U.S. high school students seriously considered suicide, and 8.4% had attempted suicide at least once during the preceding year (Friedman).

Risks of teen depression

In depressed teens it is likely they will get into truancy, academic problems, rebellion and running away

(to the right, depressed woman)

Is Isolation Good?

According to Jay Kist isolation is one of the worst things for a depressed person

Symptoms of depression

  • You constantly feel irritable, sad, or angry.
  • Nothing seems fun anymore, and you just don’t see the point of trying.
  • You feel bad about yourself—worthless, guilty, or just "wrong" in some way
  • You sleep too much or not enough.
  • You have frequent, unexplained headaches or other physical problems.
  • Anything and everything makes you cry.
  • You’ve gained or lost weight without consciously trying to.
  • You just can’t concentrate.
  • Your grades may be plummeting because of it.
  • You feel helpless and hopeless .
  • You’re thinking about death or suicide. (If this is true, talk to someone right away!) (Suzane,Smith,Segal)(to the right Depressed Person.)

If you checked any of those boxes these are therapies you can recieve

  • Treatment with medication (anti-depressants)
  • counseling
  • or a combination of both for the most success

An example of what you should do to help your friend or someone if they are depressed

Steven, a 19-year-old student, moved to your practice area two months ago when he began his university course. He tells you he is depressed, has no friends and has just split up with his girlfriend from home. His course work is suffering because he has no interest in anything. He feels there is no point to his life. When you ask him specifically about suicidal thoughts, he admits to having considered 'chucking myself under a bus' after drinking a few cans of beer alone in his room. What do you do?practical pointsSpecialist referral is necessary if there seems to be a real risk of suicide.A stepped approach to depression may begin with nondrug options.If an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) is needed, fluoxetine is probably the best initial choice.(Broomhead)

Works Cited

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Friedman, Richard A. "Uncovering an Epidemic — Screening for Mental Illness in Teens." The New England Journal of Medicine. Massachusetts Medical Society, 28 Dec. 2006. Web. 5 Feb. 2013. < NEJMp068262>. From Lib Guide.

Zucker, Faye. Depression. N.p.: Scholastic, 2003. Print. got book off cart

Kist, Jay. "Dealing with Depression." Science Reference Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. < detail?sid=ab9226a0-983d-4f5d-b444-d6a74daea283%40sessionmgr111&vid=1&hid=103&bda ta=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=sch&AN=9708305197>. Got off of the lib guide