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1STAND UP Stress and Depression Presentation byAlexandria Wise-Rankovic, M.S.Clinical PsychologyDr. Tina LepageLicensed Clinical Psychologist
2Today’s Discussion Stress – What it is and how it’s triggered Depression – It’s symptoms and what to doSuicide – How to identify itFeeling Happy – Not just for the lucky onesResilience – Bouncing backResources – Where to goQuestions and Answers – From the audience
3Have you or your friend said…? “I’m depressed.”“I can’t stop crying.”“I am so stressed out. I can’t take it.”“You don’t understand how I feel.”“Life just isn’t worthwhile.”
4Have you or a friend felt like this…? I don’t enjoy doing the things I used to enjoy.I just want to roll over in the morning and stay in bed all day, or I wake up earlier than I want.I don’t want to eat or I can’t stop eating lately.I just don’t care about anything or anyone anymore.I feel worthless.I feel irritable and frustrated.I feel like nothing will ever get better.
5What is stress?Stress is a normal reaction to frustrations that happen in one’s everyday life.Stress can feel like you are losing control.You can feel overwhelmed and tired.It may be too hard to complete everything you set out to do.You may feel burned out.
6Types of stress Holiday stress or “blues” School stress “The holidays are too busy and stressful.”School stress“I got a bad grade on my test.”Relationship stress“I think my friend is mad at me.”Family stress“My parents make me so mad.”
7Everyday stress triggers Feeling rejectedBad feelings about one’s bodyHaving an argument with mom or dadSchoolwork is piling up or is hardPressure from friends or boyfriend/girlfriendConfusing messages about sex
8What to do about stress Internal stress External stress WorryAnxietyDoubtFeeling helplessExternal stressPeople around us who are stressed or depressedEvents outside of our controlYou can’t control external stress!But the feeling of stress can control you if you don’t have the right tools.
9Stress Tools Tools to beat stress: Get a good night’s rest Exercise dailyAsk for helpTalk to your parents and friends (get it out!)Take a break from what you are doing.Think stress-buster thoughts:It will be better tomorrow.This may not feel so bad later on.I can get through this!
10What is depression? There are different types of depression Major depressionDysthymiaReactive depressionManic depression (aka Bipolar depression)All of these involve feeling sad or blue.There is Clinical Depression and “feeling depressed”10-15% of teenagers have symptoms of depression5% of teenagers have Major Depression
11Symptoms of Depression Depressed mood most of the day nearly everydayYou may feel irritable or you may cry easilyLess interest in and fun doing things you used to enjoyIncreased or decreased appetiteCan’t fall asleep or can’t get enough sleepFeeling restless or very slowed downLack of energy nearly everydayFeeling worthless or guilty about somethingHard to make decisionsThinking about death or hurting yourself
12Physical signs of stress and depression Chest painNeck, Face, and Shoulder PainStomach PainDifficulty Swallowing, Shortness of BreathDry MouthShakingSleep DifficultiesHeadaches
13What to do about depression Talk with someone you trustTell your parents or school counselorGet help earlyTake extra care of yourself during these timesStay away from alcohol and drugsRemind yourself that it can get better
14Suicide It is the 3rd leading cause of death in adolescents. Things that increase the risk:Teens who don’t get help for depression or anxietyAlcohol and substance abuse (such as beer, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, prescription pills and more)Previous suicide attemptFeelings of hopelessness about life and feelings of shame about mental illnessFeeling alone and isolated from other people
15Help for those at risk of suicide Talk to a professional psychologist, therapist, or counselorSeek treatment for alcohol and substance abuse disordersGet support from family and friendsLearn problem solving skills from parents or professionalsBelieve in the reasons to stay alive and healthy: your family, your friends, your religious beliefs, your future.
16Feeling Happy It’s not easy for all people to be happy. Make time in your day to laugh and be with friends.Keep a positive attitude about life.Think: The glass is half-full, not half-empty.Take a deep breath and remember that tomorrow is another day!
18Resources On the web Got Bounce? Resilience for Teens Books to read Got Bounce? Resilience for TeensBooks to readDepression: What It Is, How to Beat It (Teen Issues) by Linda Wasmer SmithAn Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.