By: Theresa Do and Sheila Phan
Depressed vs Not
*Over 9 million Americans are diagnosed every year.
First Glance: What is depression?
Depression is a medical illness that negatively affects how you feel and the way you think. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. However, this doesn't mean it's not serious.
Different types of depression: - Major - Postpartum/Premenstral - Dysthymia - Atypical - Psychotic - Bipolar - Situational
Signs and Symptoms
-Persistent sad feelings or pessimism -Loss of interest in activities/hobbies -Irritability, restlessness -Fatigue -Difficulty concentrating -Insomnia or excessive sleeping -Overeating or appetite loss -Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts -Headaches, cramps, physical pain *If symptoms last for more than 2 weeks, please consult with a doctor.
-Antidepressants (i.e. Fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), etc.) -Psychotherapies (cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT),interpersonal therapy (IPT) -Electroconvulsive therapy
Treatment and Diagnosis
Stigma is a general collection of adverse and unfair beliefs.The stigma around mental health most often leads to the inaccurate and hurtful objectification of people as dangerous and incompetent. The shame and isolation associated with stigma prevent people from seeking the help necessary to live healthy and full lives.
Call to Action
BE attentive to the behavioral changes of your loved ones STAY open-minded LEND an understanding ear MOBILIZE to get help when needed
1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Hotline