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Depression

DEPRESSION

Depression is different than feeling sad. When a person is depressed, they do often feel sad but sometimes the most obvious feeling is irritability. Also, the person’s body experiences changes like weight loss or gain, sleep loss or sleeping much more than usual, moving faster or slower than usual.

Things that used to be fun may no longer be interesting or enjoyable. The person may feel tired all the time or maybe feel worthless or overly guilty.

It may be difficult to concentrate or make decisions. For some, it can also mean thoughts of death or suicide.

Because sadness is a common emotion, it can be difficult for people who have not experienced depression to understand what it is like. Parents may also be confused because depression in children can look like anger and defiance. The videos below can help explain.

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Things that used to be fun may no longer be interesting or enjoyable. The person may feel tired all the time or maybe feel worthless or overly guilty.

Child Mind Institute: Allison Schmitt #MyYoungerSelf

Olympic athlete Allison Schmitt talks about the importance of sharing instead of isolating.

Child Mind Institute: Mayim Bialik #MyYoungerSelf

Actor Mayim Bialik reminds us to be persistent in our search for help and answers.

Dr. Jan Neece describes what depression looks like in children and how parents can address it

YouTube Channel: Caring For Our Kids

Further Reading

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH) has a Teen Depression resource that talks about depression, getting help, what to do if someone you know has depression and what to do if someone you know – or someone on social media – talks about suicide.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has two handouts that explain depression to caregivers and young adults.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

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For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

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For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

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