WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Clinical depression is not just a passing blue mood. Feeling down about a relationship issue or an upcoming exam is normal. Feeling down for months at a time for no particular reason, however, may be a sign of undiagnosed depression.
If you constantly feel hopeless, sad and depressed, lack energy or feel "weighed down," or take little pleasure in things that used to make you happy, it's time to seek help.
Signs of Depression
Clinical depression is real. Ignoring or hiding from depression will not make it go away and, in fact, can make things worse. Talk to your parent(s) or a trusted adult to get immediate help.
There are signs and signals of clinical depression.
CONSEQUENCES OF DEPRESSION
Depression is a medical condition that can affect the whole body and impact the way one feels, thinks and acts. If left untreated, depression can lead to school failure, alcohol or other substance abuse and even suicide.
Amy Biancolli, who lost both her husband and her sister to suicide, talks about surviving those blows and figuring out how to move on. Loss forces the living to reinvent themselves, to re-tool family dynamics and to find meaning in life and laughter with the loved ones who remain.
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