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IMEQ Mental Health Guide Lesson#1

March 13, 2018

Depression

 

What is Depression: Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

 

Symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Fatigue and decreased energy        

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

  • Irritability, restlessness

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts.

 

Coping Techniques:

  • Try to be active and exercise.

  • Set realistic goals for yourself.

  •  Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.

  •  Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.

  •  Breathing techniques

  • Attune to your inner self, mediation morning and night for at least ten minutes every day.

  • Keep a journal of your daily frustrations, negative feelings experienced throughout the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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