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Addressing Depression

Today on twitter “Depression is affecting more young people than ever” is trending as one of today’s “moments.” The trending moment is connected to the account “@tictoc.” The account states: “Depression is on the rise in the U.S., especially among teens and young adults. There was a 33% increase in diagnoses of major depression from 2013 to 2016 (TicToc).”

Depression is a topic often swept under the rug and this cannot continue.


What is depression

“Mayo Clinic” defines depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.”

 Types of depression:

  • Major Depression.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder.
  • Bipolar Disorder.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Psychotic Depression.
  • Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression.
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

What are the signs of depression

  • Feeling miserable.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of sleep

what to do if you think you have depression

  • Talk to your doctor
  • Find a therapist
  • Talk to someone you trust about how you feel and take action

How to deal with depression and its symptoms

  • Find a therapist
  • Talk to your doctor about different treatments
  • Do more of what you enjoy
  • Set goals for yourself

Do not take your mental health lightly, it is okay to get help.

If you believe that you are a danger to yourself or others get immediately.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255



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