Affected by Depression?

By Tristan Corpus

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What is Depression?

Depression is a disorder that effects a person's mood and causes them to think negative things about life and gives a reoccurring feeling of sadness. Though it may not sound serious, this disorder can be harmful to so many people. Some results of depression are suicide, injuring themselves or others, or staying isolated from others. Also, depression is not something you can just experience in one second and then snap out of it. It takes a long time to get over it. ( "Depression (major Depressive Disorder)." )

Facts and Statistics of Depression

"Roughly 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year."
( "11 Facts About Depression." )
"1 in 4 young adults will suffer an episode of depression before the age of 24."
( "11 Facts About Depression." )
"The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the 2nd highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, 2nd only to HIV/AIDS."

("11 Facts About Depression.")

5 Ways to Help those with Depression

  • Become close friends to them- If you become close friends with someone with depression, then they would feel more positive about life. The more positive they feel, the faster the depression will go away.
  • Avoid offering advice- Unless you have personally dealt with this situation before, or are a legalized counselor do not try to offer advice on this situation. Even though it may seem like you are trying to help, it is only making things worse.
  • Change the subject- When your friend is starting to show that they are being depressed, try to change the subject to something they are comfortable with, such as sports, hobbies, etc.
  • Stay positive- What you say and do can really help with what they are going through. A smile, hug, or even a joke can make them feel 1000 times better
  • Be patient- It takes time to get over this depression. Whatever you do, DO NOT ever "de-friend" them because of this. It will only make them feel worse, and will make matters even worse than it was. They will get better, but it just has to take some time. ("9 Best Ways to Support Someone with Depression.")