Depression


Sometimes the chemicals in our body cause unwarranted emotions in our bodies. Sadness doesn't have to be a cloud that is constantly looming overhead.

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What is depression?

Depression is a strong feeling of sadness and hopelessness that can last for days, weeks or even months. The strong feelings can drain your energy and prevent you from enjoying everyday life.

Warning signs:

  • Persistent feelings of emptiness or sadness, hopelessness and pessimism
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Fatigue and decreased energy

What can I do?

If you are going through a difficult situation, start losing weight, or feeling unusually sad, worried and angry, you might want to consider seeking help. Teachers or parents might notice that you need help before you do, and you should appreciate their concern even if you think you are okay.

If you think your friend or family member is depressed, talk to them. Be there to listen and ask what you can do to help. You may need to encourage them to seek help from a counselor or health professional.

A persistent feeling of sadness or lack of interest.

When a person has disturbing false beliefs or delusions and hallucinations.

When hormonal and responsibility changes of having a newborn become more overwhelming than your average “baby blues”.

Depression that increases in the winter months as a result of less natural sunlight Bipolar Disorder: An illness less common than depression, where a person experiences extreme cycles of highs and lows.