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What is depression?
- Everyone feels sad about things sometimes.
- Depression is when someone feels sad most of the time.
- Depression can last a long time.
- Depression does not always go away by itself.
- Depression makes it hard to enjoy friends and activities.
Depression can happen for many reasons.
- Depression can start when something bad happens, like:
- Someone you love dies
- You get sick
- You are abused
- You break up with someone or get a divorce
- You fight with friends or family
- Depression can run in families.
Other things in life can lead to depression:
- A long illness
- Problems in your family
- Problems with money
- Problems at work
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Having a hard time making friends
People act differently when they are depressed.
- Someone who is depressed may:
- Cry a lot
- Look sad or angry all the time
- Yell, scream or swear a lot
- Sleep a lot or not at all
- Eat a lot or very little
- Lose or gain weight
- Stop liking things he or she used to like
- Spend more time alone
- Move around all the time or not at all
- Begin talking about death or about people who have died
- Not be able to do anything for very long
- Stop taking care of himself or herself
- Stop seeing friends
Depression can lead to suicide.
- People who are depressed may try to hurt themselves.
- People who are depressed may try to end their own lives.
- If you start thinking about death or about hurting yourself, tell someone right away.
Learn how to prevent suicide.
What can you do if you or someone you know is depressed?
- Tell someone how you feel. Talk to a family member, friend, or support provider.
- Visit a doctor – especially if depression gets in the way of everyday life.
- The doctor may suggest you see a counselor.
- A counselor will talk with you about how you feel.
- The doctor may give you medicine to help you feel better.
How can someone with depression feel better?
- Talking is a good way to show feelings of sadness and do something about them.
- Spending time with family and friends may help you feel better about yourself.
- Join a support or advocacy group to talk with other people.
- Don’t make big decisions (for example, moving or quitting a job).
- Do fun activities or hobbies.
- Set a goal for every day. Make it simple – like calling a friend or doing exercise.
- Exercise is a great way to feel better. Just walking can help.
- Use positive thinking and say positive things to yourself about yourself.
- Follow your doctor’s plan closely. Take medicine they give you. Visit a counselor if they tell you to.
You can get help if you or someone you know is depressed.
- If you feel depressed and can ask for help… ASK!
- Sometimes, a person can only show they are depressed by how they act.
- If someone you know doesn’t use words and seems depressed, tell the people who care for him or her.
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