Addressing Depression

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Jimmy Edme and Alexis Jefferson

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
https://www.betterhelp.com/gethelpnow/
 
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https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm