Definition of Depression An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about one self, and the way one thinks about things.
What can cause Depression Family history Bullying Stress or problems at school Traumatic life experiences Death or loss of someone close Unwelcome change Relationship break ups
Symptoms of Depression Irritable mood Change in sleeping pattern Change in appetite Decreased energy, tiredness and fatigue Thoughts of worthlessness Thoughts of death Difficulty thinking clearly Anxiety
Treatment Counseling Talking with a trained psychologist who can help you change the cause of the depression. Usually counseling is sufficient. Medicine Used to treat depression that is severe or disabling, additional to counseling.
Risks for people with Depression Alcohol/Drug abuse Very common among patients (especially when it is severe). Suicide 30 to 50% of depressed patients try to commit suicide. About 10 to 15% actually commit suicide. Violence Violent behavior is very rare among patients
Depression Quotes “For me being depressed means you can spend all day in bed, and still not get a good night’s rest.” “You cry.. You feel sad.. You get “help”.. But its still there.. Only now you hide it.. You want everyone to believe its ok.. But its not… im not ok.. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.. You slowly start to feel better and then all of a sudden you crash again.. Then it starts all over.” “You see happy people walking in the crowd. They call to you and you put on a smile, but those bright shiny people will never know what your going through and they will never know that pretending to be happy is causing a part of you to go to a dark place and lie down and die.”
Celebrities who have suffered Depression Angelina Jolie Britney Spears Billy Joel Harrison Ford Heath Ledger J.K. Rowling Jim Carrey Kurt Cobain Pete Wentz Sheryl Crow Vincent van Gogh Winston Churchill
Statistics/Graph 4 out of 100 teenagers get depressed each year. Have you ever had depression? Do you know anyone who has had depression? Why do you think most people get depressed? What do you think people with depression should do about it?