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Depression PowerPoint


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This a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher, Laura Astorian:

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Depression PowerPoint

  1. 1. Depression DEPRESSEDGAL27
  2. 2. What is it? - Depression is categorized as a mood disorder - A mood disorder is defined as a psychological disorder characterized by emotional extremes - Causes a persistent feeling of sadness - One of the most common disorders in the US
  3. 3. Statistics - 6.7% of American adults exhibited symptoms of a major depressive episode in 2014 - 3-5% of adults suffer from major depressive disorder at any given time - 1 in 50 children and 2 in 25 teens show symptoms of major depression Percentage of Students in AISD Who Missed School Because They Felt Too Sad or Depressed to Attend
  4. 4. Types of Depression Include - Major Depressive Disorder - Catatonic Depression - Seasonal Affective Disorder - Dysthymic Disorder - Bipolar Depression - Clinical Depression
  5. 5. Major Depressive Disorder This disorder occurs when symptoms of depression last two weeks or more and are not caused by drugs or a medical condition
  6. 6. Causes of Depression  Biological differences: there can be physical problems in the brains of depressed people  Brain chemistry: There may be an imbalance of the amount of neurotransmitter exposure  Hormones: There may be a chemical imbalance in the brain  Inherited traits: Depression can be genetic
  7. 7. Risk Factors  Certain personality traits  Traumatic or stressful events  Childhood trauma  Blood relatives with a history of depression  Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in an unsupportive situation  History of other mental health disorders  Abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs  Serious or chronic illness  Certain medications
  8. 8. Symptoms  Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness  Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration  Loss of interest or pleasure  Sleep disturbances  Tiredness and lack of energy  Changes in appetite  Anxiety, agitation or restlessness  Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements  Feelings of worthlessness or guilt  Trouble thinking  Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death  Unexplained physical problems
  9. 9. Treatments  Talk to a psychologist about psychological counseling (psychotherapy)  Talk to a psychiatrist about getting prescribed an antidepressant
  10. 10. Not-so-Fun Facts  Depressed people are more prone to colds than non- depressed people  Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men  Exposure to abuse and violence make people more vulnerable to depression  There is a relationship between depression and physical health  Many creative poets and writers have experienced depression  Even positive events can lead to depression
  11. 11. Famous People with Depression  Kristen Bell  Lady Gaga  The Rock  Sarah Silverman  Cara Delevingne  Demi Lovato  Sheryl Crow  J.K. Rowling
  12. 12. To see a movie about depression Cyberbully  Starring Emily Osment  About a young girl who is betrayed by a friend  She is bullied at school  She attempts to kill herself after showing many symptoms of depression
  13. 13. Feelings Many people feel as though they are trapped in their own minds.
  14. 14. Hopelessness  Many people feel hopeless when they are depressed  They find it hard to think logically about the future  They often lack motivation  They feel alone in the world
  15. 15. Sadness  People with depression can feel sad for no known reason  They might find themselves crying and not know why  Anxiety often intertwines with depression, but not always
  16. 16. Lost of Interest  Many people have trouble with daily activities  Things that used to be enjoyable are now pleasureless  Things like school and work no longer are interesting  Some people have trouble thinking straight and concentrating
  17. 17. Physical Exhaustion  Cramps and pains may be felt  Headaches are common  Physical exhaustion can sometimes be worse than the mental exhaustion  It can feel like trying to breathe with a weight on our chest
  18. 18. Separation  A lot of people feel like they are watching the world spin from behind a glass wall  Other people say they feel like they are ghosts watching normal people walk around and "living" "normal" lives  Others say it is like a dark hole that surrounds your entire life
  19. 19. Internal Struggles  Depression can be said to be like a heartbreak  Many people say they feel numb  Others say that it's like the death eaters of Harry Potter have sucked all the happiness out of you  Some people lose themselves in the struggle of it
  20. 20. A Quote from It's Kind of a Funny Story."  “I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ― Ned Vizzini
  21. 21. A Quote from The Bean Trees  “There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” ― Barbara Kingsolver
  22. 22. Sources Depression. (2016, August). Retrieved December 09, 2016, from Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Retrieved December 09, 2016, from Myers, D. G. (2007). Psychology. New York: Worth.