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Jessica Fenton

on 11 May 2017

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Transcript of Depression

Depression Awareness
When is blue too blue??
It's hard being a teenager...
What can you do as a friend ....
Listen to your friends when they need to talk
Insist they be honest with you
share them with each other and
show you care!
Extend a helping hand &....
get an adult involved to help!!
ACT- Acknowledge, Care, Tell
And the symptoms persist longer than 2 weeks...
If someone is feeling more than 5 of these symptoms
We all know ourselves pretty well and will notice a major change in mood over a long period of time
Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes
Don't wait for someone else to notice.
Tell an adult!

Someone with....

constant stress or a traumatic event in one's life.
Someone with....

a dysfunctional family or
problems at home.

Change in appetite (weight gain or loss)
Change in sleep patterns (can't sleep or can't stay asleep)
Complete lack of energy
Academic Life
Social Life
Withdrawal from friends & social life
Loss of interest in favorite activities
Everyday Behavior
Inattention to appearance
Aggressiveness or irritable
Frequent unexplained headaches & stomach aches
Sad, depressed or moody

Depression expresses itself differently
in different people.
If someone you knew was drowning,
what would you do?
Who's at risk
for depression?
Statistics show:
1 out of 5 teens have depression
What are the risk factors
for depression?

What makes some people more
to difficult times?
Being able to put problems into perspective and carry on with life (10,10,10 theory)
Building coping skills to help deal with life's challenges and overcome setbacks.
Someone with....

a family history of depression
It may begin with no rhyme or reason....

this can be due to a decreased level of chemicals in the brain
Someone with....

a major life change or loss of a loved one.
Which of these two girls has depression?
Grades drop
Refusal to go to school
Acting out in class
Trouble thinking clearly
Self-injury (ie: cutting)
Risk taking behavior (alcohol & drugs)
Overly self-critical or low self-esteem
Feeling worthless
Repeated thought of suicide
If you thought someone had depression, what would you do?
Can teens even get depression?
Goals are to learn:

1) Raise awareness of depression and reduce the "stigma" surrounding it

2) Analyze symptoms of depression

3) Understand the difference between "feeling depressed" and actual clinical depression

4) Increase the likeliness that students who struggle will find help
can be helped with treatment &
a healthy lifestyle
what is depression?
A serious, but
medical condition that persists over a
of time causing
in one's mood, behavior, emotions and relationships.
What signs
can you look for?
5 or more symptoms lasting more than ___ weeks.
a possible symptom of depression is...
True or False:
Medicine is the best treatment for depression
True or False:
One risk factor is genetics
True or False:
If a friend of mine is depressed, there's not much I can do

True or False:
Depression always leads to suicide

True or False:
Drugs and alcohol worsen symptoms of depression

True or False:
You can tell by looking at someone that they are depressed

Who can you go to for help?
Part of feeling better is living a healthy lifestyle. What's an example of this?
If it is an emergency call:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800-273-8255 or call 911
Most suffer silently, not admitting to anyone, often even to themselves, that they are in pain. Many children who struggle with mental illness look like the kids we see every day. The athlete, confident and accomplished on the outside, but full of anxiety and self-doubt on the inside. Or the outspoken jokester, making us laugh because he is afraid of people seeing how truly vulnerable and weak he feels. Or the straight A student who feels so out of control that the only things she can control are the letters on her report card.
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