Battling depression

Depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms which last more than two weeks, and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Depression often leads to suicide for every two homicides there is three suicides.

Depression affects 16.1 million adults. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.

Symptoms are sad, angry mood, loss of interest, haunted by a sense of guilt or worthlessness, lack of hope, recurring thoughts of death or suicide, fatigue, insomnia, excessive sleep, aches or pains that don’t ease with treatment, loss of appetite, difficult to concentrate and make decisions.

Depression doesn’t discriminate against anyone. Cost $210.5 billion in lost earning. 2/3 of people with depression don’t actively seek treatment. Average age is 32.

Nobody knows what causes depression, but there are theories. Treatments are antidepressants, exercise, light therapy(sitting in front of a specially designed box for a prescribed amount of time), St. John Wart, pet companion, social support, and electroconvulsive therapy.

If someone is suffering from depression(and thinking suicide) don’t leave them alone especially if they have the means to do so. Keep all weapons locked up, guns unloaded, make sure they take the right dosage of medicine.

If you see someone by themselves or having trouble making friends invite them to sit with you.

If you see someone being bullied stand up for them(there is no reason for bullying in the first place). No need to be an expert, just be a friend :

Keep the conversation causal/ relax, listen to them, avoid offering advice, let them know its o.k. to feel the way they do, don’t judge, make yourself available, ask them open ended question not yes or no, let them open up at own speed, don’t demand answers or force them to say things they are not ready for, encourage them to talk to an expert, let them know that this won’t change how you feel about them, and ask them if they have seen a doctor.

Chantel Ward


Submitted by Virtual Newsroom