Mental Health Monday: Depression

Hey guys! I’m back with another Mental Health Monday. Today’s topic: depression.






WHAT IS DEPRESSION?


Depression is defined as a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. The cause of depression could be a chemical imbalance in the brain or a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one. Depression heavily impacts daily life and activities.


SYMPTOMS


The symptoms of depression can vary, but the most common ones include:


  • General discontent
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Excessive crying
  • Irritability
  • Social isolation
  • Lack of concentration
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Poor appetite


TREATMENT


The treatment for depression is usually medication, therapy, or a combination of both. There are different types of medication that can be prescribed by a doctor for depression, and also different types of therapy. It just depends.


A NOTE FROM ME


If you feel any of these symptoms or a combination of several different symptoms, talk to your doctor or talk to your parents about setting up a doctor’s appointment. I understand that it’s scary to talk about this, but trust me, it’s worth it. Holding all of the feelings in is just going to make everything more difficult. If you don’t have access to a doctor right now, be sure to write down your feelings and talk about them with a parent, a family member, a friend, a trusted adult, etc. They are there for you. Please, just talk about it, or write about it, and remember that someone out there loves you.


Have a lovely day,


Hannah

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