What is Depression?
Depression is a mental and mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It has treatment, and is curable! There are two types of depression.
- Situational: A type of depression that results from normal sadness or disappointment one may experience in life. This is not a rare occurrence, and nearly everyone experiences this at some point in life.
- Clinical: This type affects how you feel, think and behave, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You can even have trouble performing everyday tasks and activities, and sometimes may feel as if life isn't worth living. This is when you must seek help.
Depression does NOT have a single cause, however some include
- Too much or too little of certain chemicals in the brain
- Environment lived in
- Stressful cituations
- Negative life experiences
- Genetics and/or family history
- Drug abuse
Effects of having depression can easily sink someone even further into the disorder. The effects listed below are also warning signs to watch out for in the people around you. Showing a lot of these could mean a loved one is in serious need of help.
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Lack of energy
- Problems deciding and concentrating
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Aches, pains, digestive problems that won't go away
Then of course there's the thoughts of suicide. The deep, uncontrollable feeling of sadness and worthlessness can lead one to want to end their lives, thinking they would free themselves. Always remember: suicide is NOT THE ANSWER! It's PERMANENT! You can overcome your problem and find a cure, and you are NOT worthless! If you are suffering from clinical depression or even just need someone to speak to, be sure to take a look at the sources down below.
Signs and Symptoms?
- Symptoms include when one feels sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, guilty of themselves, worthless, helpless, irritable or restless. While feelings like these happen occasionally in everyday life, one showing excessive amounts consecutively could easily be a sign that they're suffering from depression.
What to do if you have or see someone showing these signs:
- Be a good listener, not an adviser. Listen to their problems thoughtfully, and be respectful and understanding.
- Be encouraging. Recommend doing an activity together such as cooking a healthy meal, taking a walk, or watching a movie. Help them have fun. Staying positive will also need taking care of yourself so you can eliminate complaining or disinterest of your own.
- Educate yourself on what they might be going through and thinking, so you can encourage them the opposite without sounding judgmental or bossy. Also research ways to get them assistance.
- Provide help if they need it.
Help is open to you!
The following are sources to use if you or a loved is going through depression. Don't be afraid to seek help, all these sources are welcoming!
- Washington County Crisis Line (503-291-9111). There are local people 24/7 waiting on the other end of the line to assist you and talk to you if you're in a mental health crisis. Just call and receive instant help.
- Oregon Youth Line (1-877-968-8491). Call this number or text "teen2teen" to 839864 to speak directly to a local teen if you need to get help, counselling or just need someone to speak to in a difficult situation. Open from 4-10p.m., and has adults on the lines the rest of the time every day. Free and provides understanding listeners.
- Beth Wright-Kuhns: School counselor at Sunset High School. If you need advise from an adult, she can help you with your issues. Set an appointment with her in the school counselor's office.
- Jill McGovern: School psychiatrist at Sunset High School. If you feel you need more psychiatric help and deeper problems within self, speak to her. She is available once a week at school.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1800-273-8225). Call to get free, confidential support if you're experiencing a crisis and are seriously considering suicide. Trained adults provide comfort, support and resources to help you cope or aid loved once experiencing similar problems.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Remember that you're always worth it, and that depression IS curable!