World Health Organization defines MENTAL HEALTH AS A STATE OF WELLBEING IN WHICH EVERY INDIVIDUAL REALIZES HIS/HER OWN POTENTIAL, CAN COPE WITH THE NORMAL STRESSES OF LIFE, CAN WORK PRODUCTIVELY AND FRUITFULLY AND CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO HIS/HER COMMUNITY.
Depression is a MOOD DISORDER THAT AFFECTS HOW AN INDIVIDUAL FEELS, THINKS AND ACTS. IT IS CHARACTERIZED BY SADNESS AND LOSS OF INTEREST WHICH CAN LEAD TO A DECREASE IN HIS/HER ABILITY TO FUNCTION.
•BRAIN CHEMISTRY IMBALANCE
•LOSS OF INTEREST OR PLEASURE IN ACTIVITIES
•CHANGE IN APPETITE
•SLEEPING TOO MUCH/TOO LITTLE
•INCREASED PURPOSELESS ACTIVITY
•DIFFICULTY IN THINKING/CONCENTRATION/MAKING DECISIONS
General Symptoms of Youth Depression
• a feeling of sadness and hopelessness (belief that there’s no way to stop feeling stressed out and sad)
• Moodiness (irritability, feelings of anger and sadness for weeks at a time)
• Eating disturbances (eating either too much of too little)
• Sleep disturbances (nightmares, insomnia, hypersomnia)
• Changes in social life (depressed teenagers stop spending time with their friends. They often refuse phone calls)
• Chemical abuse (depressed teenagers attempt to relieve depression, but often the result is addiction. What they don’t realize is that alcohol and drugs are depressants, not mood elevators, and their depression worsens)
• Loss of interest in pleasurable activities (finding no pleasure in activities they used to enjoy, such as going to movies or concerts, reading, watching TV, listening to music or sports. As well as no involvement in new activities)
A Few More Reasons for Depression
• Fear of failure
• social rejection
• bodily sickness
• bullying or abuse
• childhood memories
• thoughts of a better life
• separation with family
• worries about the future
• alcohol/substance/drug abuse
• pointless work done
• teasing or low self opinion because of body, accent, clothing etc
• imperfection of the work as a whole, as in negative comments from family, friends or peers
• Psychotherapy – explore events and feelings that are painful or troubling; learn coping skills
• Cognitive-behavioural therapy – challenges negative thinking and behaving patterns
• Interpersonal therapy – focuses on developing healthier relationships at home and school
• Medication – relieves some symptoms of depression and is often prescribed with therapy.
• ECT – ultimately anyway.
• SET REALISTIC GOALS!!!
• DON’T ALLOW ANYBODY RUSH YOU – even if your are SBA or SGA!!!
• SPEAK OUT!!!