What you need to know.
What is depression?
- Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer period of time.
- Major depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with daily life for weeks or longer.
Depression involves a combination of the following symptoms:
- Depressed mood (sadness)
- Poor concentration
- Appetite disturbances
- Excessive guilt
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of pleasure from activities that normally make you happy
Tips for you and someone you know
- Talk with teachers and pediatricians
- Also seek help from mental health professionals
- Join a support group
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Offer support to someone you know or suspect to be depressed
- Validate their feelings
- Listen without lecturing
Coping with suicidal thoughts
- Don't keep suicidal thoughts to yourself
- Promise not to do anything right now-Distance yourself from suicidal thoughts and action
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Make your home safe
- Keep in mind that you will get through this, as many have done before
Resources for help
- Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (212) 673-3000
- US Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
- Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline:800-784-2433
- NDMDA Depression Hotline-Support Group:800-826-3632