By: Sydney Cherrington, Mattie Fuerst, Sam Bird, Jenna Happe
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- fatigue and decreased energy
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- excessive sleep or lack of sleep
- irritability and/or restlessness
- loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable
- over eating or appetite loss
- thoughts of suicide
Causes of Depression
How to Help Someone Thats Showing Signs of Depression
If someone you know starts showing some of these symptoms and it starts worrying you, you should talk to them about it. Tell them that they seem different and that you are worried about them. Some questions you can ask are: When did you begin to feel like this? Did something happen that made you start feeling this way? How can I best support you right now? Things that you can say that will help are:
- you are not alone; I'm here for you
- you may not believe it now but the way you are feeling will change
- tell me what I can do to help
Things you should avoid saying are:
- its all in your head
- we all go through times like this
- look on the bright side
- just snap out of it
How to Help Yourself If You Start Showing Symptoms
How You Can Get Involved
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