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Transcript of Depression
What is depression?
What are the symptoms of depression?
What should I do if I or someone I know has depression?
What will happen next??
Depression is sadness that engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
Note: It is normal to feel sad from time to time. It is when this sadness interferes with every day life that it may be depression
It is very important that you understand that depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression is not something that you can just snap out of. It would be like telling a diabetic to snap out it!
Depression is a biological and chemical process. We will discuss how to treat it in a minute, but please note that there is nothing WRONG with you if you are feeling depressed! It would be like thinking something is WRONG with you for having diabetes or schizophrenia. It is a chemical imbalance that must be treated professionally!
Symptoms of depression
Sadness that consumes your thoughts
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
*Please note: if you have one or a few of these symptoms, that does not necessarily mean you are depressed! Again, it is normal to experience these things from time to time :)
Having difficulty with tasks that used to be easy
Feeling hopeless or helpless
Feeling that you cannot control your negative thoughts no matter how hard you try
Loss of appetite or inability to stop eating
Irritability, short temper or aggression
Engaging in reckless behavior (sex, drugs, alcohol)
Thoughts of harming oneself (SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY)
Lack of motivation
If you think that you or someone you know has depression, I encourage you to tell an adult that you trust. Here are some options...
Additionally, depression is fairly common. It is estimated that depression affects about 1 in 8 people in America.
What causes depression?
As I said earlier, depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, unlike other imbalances, you cannot just take medicine and be better! Often you must find the source of the depression in order to be treated.
Experts believe that depression is a combination of biological, physiological and social factors. That means that depression is caused by a combination of factors. You cannot just take medicine and be better.
Some events or circumstances may cause depression or be risk factors for depression, such as:
Lack of social support
Recent stressful life experiences
Marital or relationship problems
Early childhood trauma or abuse
Family history of depression
Alcohol or drug abuse
Unemployment or underemployment
Health problems or chronic pain
*These events and circumstances do not ALWAYS lead to depression, but may.
Parents/ Family Members
What happens when you go down to student services here at school?
Before we begin, I want each of you to ask an ANONYMOUS question about depression on a card! I will answer what I can, and anything I cannot answer we will ask one of the counselors to come and answer for us!
First you will ask to talk to your counselor.
Your counselor will sit down with you and first explain confidentiality to you. They will tell you that whatever you tell them stays between you and the counselor UNLESS you indicate that you want to harm yourself or someone else.
Your counselor will try to figure out what it is that is making you depressed so that you can work towards resolving that issue.
Then your counselor might do one or a few of the following things:
continue talking to you/checking in on you to make sure everything is ok
encourage you to talk to a parent or adult (again, they will not make you do this nor will they tell your family UNLESS you say you want to harm yourself or others)
refer you to professional help, if you're willing to do it.
After you tell a trusted adult, there are several options you will have.
I would not encourage you to try to "deal with it" on your own... That would be like telling a diabetic to "deal with" their diabetes... probably wouldn't work out too well!
Because depression stems from a combination of physiological, biological and social factors, there is not one quick fix for depression.
Treating depression will usually take a combination of talking, making positive changes in your life and medication.
Please note that depression is not something that will go away over night. It may take a while and it is important not to give up. You must find the combination of treatments that works FOR YOU...
For example, you may not like the first counselor or therapist you talk to... there are many others you can talk to! Don't give up! That would be like never dating again if your first date didn't go well!
Additionally, finding the right medication for YOUR body may take a while. Different medications work differently for different people. Kind of like finding a face wash that works for YOUR skin! It may take time, but DO NOT GIVE UP!
Treating depression takes a great deal of COMMITMENT! It may take a while to find the right combination of treatments for YOU, but do not give up!
I encourage each of you who might be struggling with depression to come talk to me or talk to some trusted adult so that you can treat your depression and live a happier life because YOU DESERVE TO:)
Exit Ticket: 3-2-1
3 ways to treat depression or anxiety
2 causes and symptoms of depression or anxiety
1 thing you can do if you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety
Video Quick Write:
Although I already knew that...
I will assign you a station and each station will have a question to discuss. Then, two of the four people at the station will move on to the next station, etc.
1. Why do you think it is so hard to talk about mental illness (specifically depression/anxiety)?
2. Why do you think our society is so misinformed about mental illness?
3. Why do you think people view mental illness differently than other illnesses?
4. How could we go about changing how others view mental illness? Should this be a priority?
5. How can we help to make people with mental illness feel less isolated?
Food for thought: