2 What is Depression?Someone with Depression can’t just “snap out of it.” Depression affects the way someone thinks, feels and acts. It becomes a negative lens through which the person sees and experiences the world. A disorder of the brain that affects our thoughts, moods, behaviors with the following symptoms:Sad, depressed or irritable mood most every day for at least two weeks.No interest in favorite activitiesWeight loss or gain/ change in eating habitsRestlessness/agitationFatigue/loss of energyFeelings of worthlessness/guiltTrouble concentrating/making decisions
3 Depression May Also Include: Headache/stomach acheAvoiding/refusing to go to schoolDrop in gradesChange in friendsSelf-injurySocial isolationRunning awayAggressivenessRisk TakingLack of attention to appearanceLow tolerance for frustrationApathy/ “just don’t care”
4 How to Help Yourself Take time to relax Eat a healthy diet Get enough sleepExercise regularlyDo something funGet support from family and friendsGet help (Tell your “go to” people)
5 How to Help Your Friend Encourage your friend to talk to an adult Be understanding and supportiveLet your friend know they are not aloneSpend time with your friendIf your friend mentions or talks about not wanting to be around anymore or gives away possessions tell an adult right awayKnow that there is a limit to what you can doA friend can make a big difference and be supportive, a professional can treat the depression
6 What Can I say to My Friends? I don’t want anything bad happen to you…..Is everything ok? I’ve noticed you have been…..What can I do to help?
7 Let’s talk about appropriate language……… I want to _______ myselfInstead what I really mean is……I am so mad I didn’t do my homework, now I have to stay in at lunch timeI feel frustrated with this math problemI am embarrassed because I made a mistakeI am sad about my parents divorcingI feel overwhelmed with all the work I have to do
8 Tattling Vs. Reporting Should I tell? Thoughts…… My friend will be really mad if I tell…Thoughts……Your friend might be mad for a short while and get over it. If they hurt themselves it would be forever.