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Depression Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

  • Change in weight

  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

  • Energy loss

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors. Depression usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both. Adapted from Depression | MentalHealth.gov

 

Anxiety Disorders People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread. They have physical reactions to those objects, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if a person:

  • Has an inappropriate response to a situation

  • Cannot control the response

  • Has an altered way of life due to the anxiety

 

Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.

PTSD can cause problems like:

  • Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again

  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares

  • Feeling alone

  • Angry outbursts

  • Feeling worried, guilty, or sad

PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.

Medicines can help you feel less afraid and tense. It might take a few weeks for them to work. Talking to a specially trained doctor or counselor also helps many people with PTSD. This is called talk therapy.

 

From SAMHSA


 




 

Are you having trouble doing the things you like to do or need to do because of how you feel—like going to school, work or hanging out with friends?

Are you having a rough day? Have you been feeling down for a while? Everyone goes through tough times, and no matter how long you've had something on your mind, it's important that you talk to someone about it.

Talk to your parents or a trusted adult if you experience any of these things:

  • Can't eat or sleep

  • Can't perform daily tasks like going to school

  • Don't want to hang out with your friends or family

  • Don't want to do things you usually enjoy

  • Fight a lot with family and friends

  • Feel like you can't control your emotions and it's affecting your relationships with your family and friends

  • Have low or no energy

  • Feel hopeless

  • Feel numb or like nothing matters

  • Can't stop thinking about certain things or memories

  • Feel confused, forgetful, edgy, angry, upset, worried, or scared

  • Want to harm yourself or others

  • Have random aches and pains

  • Smoke, drink, or use drugs

  • Hear voices


Learn more about specific mental health problems. Check out the Myths and Facts about mental health.

Adapted from www.mentalhealth.gov

 

Where Can I Get Mental Health Help?

You are not alone. Lots of people have been where you are or are there right now. But there are also lots of people who want to help you. If you're thinking about harming yourself get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Another way to get help is by talking to someone you trust. This could be a parent, family member, teacher, school counselor, spiritual leader or another trusted adult, who:

  • Gives good advice when you want and ask for it

  • Respects your need for privacy so you can tell him or her anything

  • Lets you talk freely about your feelings and emotions without judging, teasing, or criticizing

  • Helps you figure out what to do the next time a difficult situation comes up

Adapted from www.mentalhealth.gov

 

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Concerned about a friend? You might not be certain your friend is displaying worrisome signs regarding their mental health. Here are a few signs to look for as a guide:

  • Impulsive behaviors or being more irritated than usual

  • Not functioning like their usual selves (i.e., change in habits of how they dress, general appearance, eating or sleep habits)

  • Talking about feelings of loneliness or despair

  • Excessive worry

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Substance misuse



 

Relax


Life can be stressful. Take some time to unwind. Your body will thank you. How do you slow yourself down? Check out this article for some great tips to help you relax.


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