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1 Discovery Health: Depression Teen Health: Depression html National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association: Stories of Depression

2  Depression is just a feeling; you can snap out of it if you try hard enough.  Only a few “crazy” people really get depressed.  Depression only happens when bad things happen.  It’s easy to make yourself feel better.  There’s nothing you can do to treat depression.  Medicines like Prozac and Zoloft are “happy pills.”  Only adults suffer from depression.  Therapy is just lying on a couch talking about your childhood.  Anti-depressants can help anybody with depression.  There is no outward or obvious sign of depression.  People with depression never experience extreme highs.

3  1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 8 men will suffer at least one episode or occurrence of depression during their lifetime.  3-5% of teenage population suffers from clinical depression every year

4  Depression is linked to poor school performance, truancy, alcohol and drug abuse, running away, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.  The past 25 years has seen a dramatic increase in depression amongst teens and young adults

5  Depression is treatable. 80-90% of people with depression can be helped.  Pyschotherapy  Anti-depressants (medication)

6  Often people do not know they are depressed, so they don’t ask for or get the right help. Teenagers and adults often fail to recognize the symptoms.

7  It is normal for teenagers to be moody; teenagers don’t suffer from real depression  Myth: Depression can affect anyone at any point or time in their life.  Depression is not a weakness but a serious health disorder.  Fact: People who are depressed need professional treatment.  Talking through feelings is a great way to help a friend recognize a need for professional help.  Fact: Real friends will help to encourage a friend to trust an adult who can help to initiate professional help.

8 1. Describe why you think different people become stressed over different things. 2. Name three things that you think would reduce the stress you feel at school. 3. Read pages 378-379 and answer questions 1 and 2.

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