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Teen Depression

Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults.  The following symptoms of depression are more common in teenagers than in their adult counterparts. Irritable or angry mood – As noted above, irritability, rather than sadness, is often the predominant mood in depressed teens.  A depressed teenager may be grumpy, hostile, easily frustrated, or prone to angry outbursts. Unexplained aches and pains – Depressed teens frequently complain about physical ailments such as headaches or stomachaches.  If a thorough physical exam does not reveal a medical cause, these aches and pains may indicate depression. Extreme sensitivity to criticism – Depressed teens are plagued by feelings of worthlessness, making them extremely vulnerable to criticism, rejection, and failure.  This is a particular problem for “over-achievers.” Withdrawing from some,...

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Depression

Depression

"People think depression is about being sad.  They think its just when you 'feel down'  It's not.  It's like a darkness that creeps over you and fills you.  It drains all your emotions.  It takes everything from you, and leaves you feeling hollow and numb.  It's not sadness, it's not anger, it's hopelessness.  Imagine waking up and there being no colour.  Walking outside and feeling no wind.  Eating a meal and tasting nothing.  Holding someone and feeling completely alone at the same time.  When you're depressed, it's not a bad mood.  It's a numb, empty hollowness that seems to never leave.  It's feeling alone in a room full of people.  You feel like there's no hope left." Quoted from Source:  twitter.com/Depressed6irl...

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Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps.  Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. True clinical Depression is a Mood Disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. People who have Depression usually see everything with a more negative attitude.  They cannot imagine that any problem or situation can be solved in a positive way. Symptoms of Depression can include: Agitation, restlessness, and irritability Becoming withdrawn or isolated Difficulty concentrating Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss Fatigue and lack of energy Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness Feelings...

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Melancholia

Melancholia

Melancholia a mood disorder of non-specific Depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity. Melancholic Depression or Depression with Melancholic features: one of the following symptoms anhedonia  (the inability to find pleasure in positive things) lack of mood reactivity  (i.e. mood does not improve in response to positive events) at least three of the following symptoms depression that is subjectively different from grief or loss severe weight loss or loss of appetite psychomotor agitation or retardation early morning awakening guilt that is excessive worse mood in the morning Melancholic features apply to an episode of Depression that occurs as part of either Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder I or Bipolar Disorder II. Melancholic Depression is often considered to be a biologically based and particularly severe form of Depression. Sometimes stressful situations can trigger episodes of Melancholic Depression,...

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DEPRESSION

Medical Conditions underlying (cause) Depression

There are a number of medical conditions that can mimic/cause the symptoms associated with Depression.  When you begin treatment, it is in your best interest to have a physical exam and blood work drawn to rule out or discover any underlying causes.  Others tests may include brain images or EEGs. A diagnosis of the Depression alone considers factors such as the chemicals in the brain, learned behaviors, belief systems, environment, etc. when developing a treatment plan. If there is an additional medical condition that is underlying the Depression, the treatment plan would include or solely target the underlying cause. Depression can co-exist with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness. Here is a list of some underlying medical conditions to consider: Hypothyroidism (Low)...

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PARENT WITH DEPRESSION

Raising Children while dealing With Depression

"As a parent with depression, one of the toughest things one has to do is put on all the masks.  But are they really working?  Kids today are become harder to fool.  So with that being said; Who's the fool here?" Parents with a mental illness typically wonder whether it’s best to disclose their diagnosis to their kids.  On the one hand, you want to be open and honest. On the other hand, you may think that not saying anything protects your child.  A parent’s natural instinct to want to shield your child from any confusion or concern.  However, according to research, not telling your child can actually have the opposite effect. Research shows that if parents don’t tell children about their...

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SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Suicide – How RaW Depression ExisTs

  "Death is not the most tragic loss in life, the most tragic loss is what dies inside of you while you are still alive" The feelings of hopelessness are real and will not go away of their own.  Suicide is tempting, but not the answer.  These suicidal thoughts do not have live with you, you have a choice to fight it and rebuild what feels is lost inside of you. Help is available, please seek it out.  For you do not have to be alone in this struggle.  There are many who feel and think, " I want to die "  I have a number of times felt this way.  There is this small window of opportunity to make a choice and...

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ISOLATION

Slipping ? Isolated ?

"What do you do when you feel yourself slipping, when the darkness is returning & the crave for isolation?  What do you do when death feels like a better option than fighting the battle of Depression, Substance Abuse, BiPolar Disorder, which ever mental illness it may be you are suffering from?  There has to be an easy way out, you tell yourself.  Well, there is and trust me when I say it's easier said than done.  This past week has been brutal, however learned in therapy that the more we talk, the more we open up, the LESS we experience all the negative thoughts: the jealously, sadness, guilt, hurt, nervousness, inferior, panic, betrayal, anger, worried, paranoid, disappointment in self, shame, resentment,...

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CAUSE OF DEPRESSION

Cause of Depression

Provided by the Depression Health Channel on eMedTV.com Please view this well done video in explaining Depression and Why the Brain is considered a factor among other reasonings.  It is worth watching all 12 slides. Source: emedtv.com "eMedTV: Health Information Brought to Life" Video Link:  Video on Depression & the Brain Featured Image Source: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com...

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ABOUT DEPRESSION

About Depression

Clinical depression is still widely misunderstood. The prevailing attitude is "Keep a stiff upper lip, have a drink, maybe it will go away." Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood.  It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with a depressive disease cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years.  Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression. The signs and symptoms of depression include loss...

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