Depression

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.

Symptoms

Depression involves a combination of the following symptoms:



  • Depressed mood (sadness)
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite disturbances
  • Excessive guilt
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of pleasure from activities that normally make you happy

Statistics for teens.

  • About 10%-15% of children/teens are depressed at any given time.
  • One of every four adolescents will have an episode of major depression during high school.
  • The average age of onset being 14 years

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
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  • Offer support to someone you know or suspect to be depressed
  • Validate their feelings
  • Listen without lecturing
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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