depression & RELATED
Depression is arguably the if not one of the most well known disorders of all time. Still, it is commonly misdiagnosed or simply never diagnosed. People who find themselves with mild or even severe depression often never get the help they need, which can sometimes be as simple as a single medication. Because depression is not spotted in those who suffer from it, children especially, it is common that people are left to suffer with their sadness alone and are often feel that their pain is not worthy of speaking about.
Some people think that children especially cannot suffer from this disorder because they're too young and haven't seen enough of the 'real world' to reflect on themselves, others, or things in their lives that may be upsetting. This is not true as depression has to do greatly with the chemicals in your brain and body that effect how someone thinks, acts, or feels. Children, and older children or teenagers that are beginning to grow up and go through puberty experience many changes. These changes often deal with the brain, and as the brain changes we must keep in mind that even children can suffer from these severe disorders.
Depression is characterized by a state of sadness that lasts for two or more weeks. If you suspect that someone you know, or you, are suffering from depression please get help from a professional immediately.
- Mood swings
- Lingering sadness lasting for 2+ weeks
- General uninterest
- Thoughts of suicide
- Low energy level
- Low self-esteem
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Episodes of extreme sadness and discontentment
- CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
- DBT (dialectal behvioral therapy)
- Other behavioral therapies/pyschotherapy
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in the US.
- Dysthmia, a mild and episode-based type of depression is present within around 2% of teens.
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