Depression.

feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

Causes of Depression.

  • genetic factors
  • biological factors
  • environmental factors
  • psychological factors

Signs and Symptoms.

  • persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • irritability or restlessness
  • loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • fatigue and decreased energy
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • over-eating or appetite loss
  • thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease, even with treatment
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Who's at Risk?

  • 6.7% of U.S adults each year
  • women are 70% more likely to experience depression
  • 32 year olds
  • 13-18 year olds

Treatments.

Even the most severe cases can be treated.

Those treatments may include the following:


  • visit a doctor
  • doctor may refer mental health specialist
  • medication/ anti-depressants
  • physcotherapy
  • electroconvulsive therapy

How to Help Someone with Depression.

  • Offer emotional support
  • talk to him or her, and listen carefully
  • never dismiss feeling
  • offer hope
  • never ignore comments about suicide, report to their therapist
  • provide assistance in getting to doctor's appointments
  • remind with time and treatment, that the depression will lift
  • remind that it will get better
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How to Help Yourself.

  • do not wait too long to get evaluated or treated
  • try to be active and excercise
  • set realistic goals for yourself
  • try to spend time with other people, and confide in the trust of friends or relatives
  • expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediatly
  • remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts
  • postpone important decisions such as getting married or divorced
  • continue to educate yourself about depression

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