Mental Health Awareness Week – Depression

Welcome to Day 2 of Mental Health Awareness Week! Today we’re going to talk about depression. Did you know that depression affects over 121 MILLION people worldwide? That depression can manifest as sadness, lack of appetite, difficulty concentrating, or irritability? That it is HIGHLY TREATABLE? 

 

Here are some of the symptoms of depression, as stated by the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

The onset of the first episode of major depression may not be obvious if it is gradual or mild. The symptoms of major depression characteristically represent a significant change from how a person functioned before the illness. The symptoms of depression include:

 

• persistently sad or irritable mood

• pronounced changes in sleep, appetite and energy

• difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering

• physical slowing or agitation

• lack of interest in or pleasure from activities that were once enjoyed

• feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and emptiness

• recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

• persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain

 

When several of these symptoms of depressive illness occur at the same time, last longer than two weeks and interfere with ordinary functioning, professional treatment is needed. 

If you think you or someone you care about may be depressed, what can you do?

            -Talk it out – find someone you trust to talk to about these issues (a friend, your doctor, a social worker, a spiritual advisor, your parents, your teachers, etc.)

            -Go to www.nami.org to learn more about depression and various other mental health issues.

            -Do something that makes you feel empowered, or good about yourself: write in your journal, listen to music, go dancing, paint, draw, exercise, watch a funny movie, etc.

            -Contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org if you are having an emotional crisis (This service is free and confidential.)

 Please click here for more information related to depression, and don’t forget to do something that makes you happy and healthy today!

 

*Note: All posts this week are written with the hope of providing support and encouragement, and raising awareness. Trained mental health professional may be available in your area to provide assistance. If you or someone you love is concerned about your immediate safety for any reason, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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