Depression

What is it

Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed.  If you have depression you can have physical and emotional problems that can interfere with school and other activities.

Risks

Individuals that have risks make them more vulnerable to depression.

  • Depression can run in families
  • Differences in chemicals that are in your brain
  • Teens that are overwhelmed, stressed or have low self-esteem
  • Exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty

Signs & Symptoms for Concern

  • Fatigue, loss of energy
  • Flat affect
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Little interest in things you used to be interested in
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
  • Weight loss, loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation

Help

Are you concerned that you might be struggling with depression, we are here to help!

Other people you can seek help from would be a school nurse, teacher, counselor, trusted adult, parents

What do I say?

“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I am struggling with…”

Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate

on May 2 • by