Chronic Depression

2015-2016

What is Depression?

Depression is a disease of the mind that causes you to feel severely despondent and dejected. You may feel "down in the dumps" and not have depression, but if you feel this way for more than a couple of weeks, you most likely have depression.

What is Depression?

How are you affected by Depression?

The mind is most affected by Depression because that is where your thoughts and emotions are filtered. Your body is also minimally affected because when your brain decides to "give up" and let Depression take over, your body tends to be very sluggish and not run as efficiently as usual. You find yourself getting tired much faster than before your Depression kicked in.

Statistics on Depression.

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How do you get Depression?

Depression can be brought on by a traumatic experience, or death of a loved one. It could also be hereditary, meaning it can be passed down through your family and into you. For example; if both of your parents have Depression, you are very likely to inherit it. If your uncle has it, you are less likely to have it.

How are you diagnosed with Depression?

Most of the time, your doctor will give you a form to fill out. This form is called the Patient Health Questionnaire. If you are curious as to what it looks like, there is a link below.

http://www.cqaimh.org/pdf/tool_phq9.pdf

Signs and Symptoms

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Doing drugs
  • Skipping school
  • Overuse of media
  • Over sleeping, under sleeping
  • Feeling isolated
  • Unable to properly filter thoughts and ideas

Treatments

  • Antidepressants
  • Therapy
  • Proper REM sleep
  • Support groups
  • Electroconclusive therapy
  • Ultra-brief pulse right unilateral

Prognosis of Depression

Depression has no practical prognosis because it can last for just a week or it can last a whole lifetime.

Famous athletes with Depression

  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Mike Tyson
  • Delonte West
  • Kenny McKinley
  • Jimmy Shea
  • Eddie Griffin
  • Robert Enke

What to do if you think a friend is Depressed

You notice that one of your friends has been drawing back from everyone. They start to deny invites to things from everyone. They seem to be rapidly losing interest in activities that they used to love. You are very worried about your friend, but you feel as if there is nothing you could do to help them.

You're wrong. There is plenty of actions you could take and you should start right now! Here's a checklist you can follow to help your friend:


  1. Ask if they're okay. Maybe a loved one just died and they haven't told you.
  2. Ask if they want to talk about it. They might already be getting help.
  3. If you are still worried, talk to your parents or theirs. Advice from elders is always welcome.
  4. If your friend does need help, their parents will take care of it. Make sure your friend knows that your on their side.
  5. During their treatment, they may be sensitive. You need to make sure they are comfortable and not stressed. They will thank you at the end.



Your friend may get mad at you for "butting in". Remember that what you did was the right thing to do. You got help when you deemed it necessary. They might hate you for the time being, but they will come around eventually. Don't get mad at them for being selfish, or insolent, or any other adjectives you want to use about them. Be patient. Patience is key. It will work out in the end. You saved a friend, you didn't condemn them.