Depression is not entirely understood, we know it is linked to an imbalance in brain chemistry. It can be triggered by stress, illness, drugs or medications and heredity. Depression is more than just temporary feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with difficult life events. Common symptoms include: inability to enjoy activities, problems concentrating, changes in appetite, weight gain or loss, change in sleeping habits, lack of energy, feelings of guilt and hopelessness, slowed thoughts and speech, preoccupation with thoughts of death or suicide, desire to use alcohol or drugs, difficulty coping with your anger.
Please call one of the phone numbers below if you or a friend are contemplating physical harm to yourself or others. There are people waiting 24 hours a day to help you. If this is a life threatening emergency dial 911.
National Suicide Hot Line: 1-800-784-2433
Teenagers Covenant House Nineline: 1-800-999-9999
Log on to http://www.befrienders.org
If you have experienced a few of these symptoms for at least two weeks you may have a less severe form of depression that may require treatment. Depression is usually treated successfully with counseling.
Everyone of us has experienced the blues one time or another from problems at school or work, from personal relationships or from life’s everyday stresses. One of the ways we can help control the blues is by self discipline.