Depression is not a Weakness
By Kayli Nichols PSY 311
Breaking Down the Myths and Stigmas
The simple fact is, depression can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of sex, age, religion, or race. It is a disorder that affects over 121 million people worldwide.
There is no shame in depression. It is an issue that is extremely common throughout the world. You are not alone.
Positive solutions to Depression include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Counseling Sessions
Know The Symptoms
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Increase in appetite
- Loss of interest in most things
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Feelings of helplessness and worthlessness
If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, it is highly important not to leave him or her alone. You should try to get the person help immediately from either an emergency room, a doctor, or a mental health professional. Comments regarding suicide should be taken seriously. Many misconceptions about suicidal talk, is that the person is just looking for attention. However, it is important to remember that suicidal talk indicates that the individual is highly distressed and needs professional help.
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