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             Depression
          More than just a “mood swing”




                             Power point by: Hayley Jones
• Not something to be taken lightly. It is an illness that needs
recognition and treatment, the sooner the better
•An illness that can vary from person to person in it’s effects on the
mind/body
•A mental illness with no strong relation to poor types of diet that
cause other types of diseases/illnesses
•Not something caused by careless acts, but instead is known to
creep upon its “victims” slowly and unexpectedly
• Often triggered by an event in one’s life or a series of events that
are not the most pleasant but instead, well quite depressing
    •Examples: Trauma, Stress, Critical illness, Failure
•Often seen more in families with a history of depression within
their genetic makeup
•Depression also has different levels and types, as it is a
mental illness and no two minds think exactly alike
•Low level depression (often caused by low self esteem)
• Major depressive disorder,
• Bipolar disorder
• Postpartum depression


•To be very clear, depression is more than a state of mind
but involves chemical changes and imbalances within the
brain called neurotransmitters
       Depression is not caused by ones life alone
•Depression is often considered a “weakness” or a disease
• It is also often considered a dramatization of bad mood
changes or “the blues”
These misconceptions/assumptions of the general public and
those depressed make those depressed unable to recognize,
evaluate or seek treatment of their condition.
These misconceptions can also be very harmful to those
depressed because when depressed, without treatment
depression can lead to suicide or life condemned by the mental
illness

 ***Do not consider depression a personal weakness or fault. It is a critical
 illness that needs to be treated!
•Very varied from patient to patient but can include:
-Self loathing       -Sadness, Anxiety, “Empty”
                     feelings
-Irritability
-Aches and pains (caused by more severe depression)
-Sleep changes
-Appetite or weight changes             -Difficulty concentrating
-Loss of interest in daily activities
-Feeling of hopelessness
-Feeling of helplessness
-Loss of energy
-Thoughts of death or suicide
•Depression is the leading cause of disability in the
United States
• Almost 10% of Americans are affected each year,
that’s almost 19 million people
•10%-25% of women will struggle with depression within
their lifetime
•5%-12% of men will struggle with depression within
their lifetime
•More and more young children are showing signs of
depression at an earlier age than past years
 •Because depression is a mental illness, different
 treatments work on different people
 •Anti-depressants are prescribed by doctors for different
 cases of depression to balance the chemicals within the
 brain
 •Therapy and Counseling both can help a great deal with
 treatment, mainly known as Psychotherapy
 •Cognitive therapy is also a therapeutic method for
 depression treatment
***If someone suspects they have depression, early treatment by a doctor decreases
the length/severity of the illness a great deal
         Because depression is such a diverse illness, no single set of steps
will ensure a person from never developing depression
However, some common things can be done to avoid depression including:
•Leading a healthy lifestyle:
    •Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise
•Developing a steady sleep routine
•Keeping up a large social support network
•Going outside or participating in various activities, being involved in
something
•Finding something in life that one can be passionate about and find joy in
•Treating ones self with respect and care, if this is hard than therapy can prove
beneficial
•Being aware of any signs of depression and talking about it with a trusted
friend or doctor
      There are many, many websites that deal out
depression information, most of which are trustworthy
places to visit. Here are a few that are guaranteed to be
100% factual:
•http://www.med.nyu.edu/psych/screens/depres.html
•http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-
publication.shtml
•http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.
html
       I also found that depression.com, depression.about.com,
www.webmd.com/depression and many others were sites worth
checking out

•Another valuable source for depression information is a
local doctor or specialist clinic
         School/Community
            Resources
 How can each of the following provide help?
• Counselor
• Teacher
• Coach
• Clergy member
• Physician
• Friend or family member
• Reliable Help-lines or Websites
         School/Community
            Resources
 How can each of the following provide help?
• Counselor
• Teacher
• Coach
• Clergy member
• Physician
• Friend or family member
• Reliable Help-lines or Websites
         School/Community
            Resources
 How can each of the following provide help?
• Counselor
• Teacher
• Coach
• Clergy member
• Physician
• Friend or family member
• Reliable Help-lines or Websites

				
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