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Information: Depression
Most people will have one episode of depression sometime in their lives
  • There are various forms, some are definite illnesses requiring medical treatments, others are gloomy or unhelpful ways of thinking that can be bad for the person, and those friends and family involved with them.
  • "Major" depression is when a person feels sad all the time for at least 2 weeks, and cannot enjoy life. There is sometimes change in sleep, appetite, concentration. Also thinking and feelings change to gloom or irritation. Sometimes the person may have strange experiences, or think life is not worth living
  • Drugs and alcohol make depression worse though many teenagers use them to try and help them cheer up.
  • Also not telling someone often makes things worse.

    Help can come from friends, family, work colleagues, and professionals.
  • Some forms of depression need medication
  • Some changes in lifestyle or work
  • Some help to change thoughts and attitudes about life
  • Often a combination of all three may be helpful
  • Advice
  • 1) You usually need to know whether you are depressed, log-in, or go to one of the many links.
  • 2) Tell, and ask your friends, family and GP to start with. Often people start to feel better just by talking things through.
  • 3) Try and change the things you do, do more activities, epecially things you enjoy, even if you think you don't deserve to enjoy yourself.
  • 4) Examine your thinking, Look at the download or the calipso link for some ways of doing this.
  • Treatment by professionals (all sorts, including GP's, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists) usually involves some form of talking and activity therapy, and sometimes medication with antidepressants.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy is often the most helpful therapy to treat depression, and avoid further depression happening.
    Dowloads
    Links
    Depression, general
    Depression, for men
    The Black dog site
    Moodgym, interactive cognitive behavioural site for teenagers
    Calipso, cognitive behaviour downloads, mainly for adults
    Self assessment depression and anxiety
    You may want to try these self assessments
    Your mood
    Your problems
    dep, anxiety, stress
    Story about depression