MYTH BUSTER: Depression

"There Are No Outward Sings Of Depression."

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Change in Appetite or Weight


  • Depression affects about 20% of adolescents by the time they reach adulthood.
  • Depression that extends beyond sadness to the point of illness is that which interferes with the sufferer's ability to function in some way.
  • To receive a diagnosis of major depression, an individual must experience the following symptoms for a period of 2 weeks or more: sad mood or loss of pleasure, with at least four other symptoms such as sleep disturbance, appetite or weight changes, psycho motor agitation or retardation, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
  • General symptoms of depression regardless of age include having a depressed or irritable mood for at least two weeks and having at least five clinical signs and symptoms.
  • About 3,000 youth die by suicide each year in the United States making it the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.

DeEllen Davis and Alberto Alaniz

Teen Suicide Prevention
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Sleep Disturbances, Exhaustion, and Fatigue


Depression- may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods

Anxiety- a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome

Cope- (of a person) deal effectively with something difficult

Isolated- far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote

Mental health- a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being

Signs Of Depression / Facts About Suicide

"Myth Busted: A Look at the Truth"

In fact there are many signs of depression, for example:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Anger or irritability
  • Loss of energy
  • Self-loathing
  • Reckless behavior


  • Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
  • Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
  • Depression and Bipolar Support
800-273-TALK (8255)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week