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Depression
Depression is a feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Everyone feels depressed sometimes, but depression is also a mental illness. People with depression feel very sad and unhappy, that they have nothing to look forward and their life isn't worth anything, some of them might feel that they want to kill themselves. They tend to stop going out a lot and might lose contact with their friends or family. They might not have any interest in things anymore eg. going out with friends, listening to music, reading, going to the cinema,  restaurants or to the pub, going to school or work.
  People with depression find it hard to make an effort to do things, like getting washed and dressed, eating, working. Sometimes they eat or sleep less, but being depressed can also make you eat and sleep more. Also, sometimes they self harm or, if the depression gets very bad, try to commit suicide.
  If you're depressed, you should get some help as soon as possible. You should talk to someone, a friend or family member and if you feel that you're seriously depressed, go to the doctor. The doctor can help you decide what would be the best thing to do, to help with your depression.

Treaments for depression are:
 
Anti-depressants-These are medicine. One of the causes of depression is thought to 
                                  be an imbalance of the chemical serotonin in the brain. Anti-
                                  depressants such as Prozac, Trazadone Hydrochloride and others
                                  can help by restoring the balance of chemicals. Anti-depressants
                                   are most often prescibed in the form of pills, but you can get
                                  some of them in liquid form too if you don't like or can't take tablets.
 
Therapy-You can also have therapy. Going to a psychologist and talking about your
                 problems and dicussing ways to help yourself can help with depression
                 too.

Here are some links of sites with depression information.

Depression.com

A website with information about depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) anxiety and other mental illnesses. It also has an article called How can I help myself through depression on a day-to-day basis? which has suggestions for coping with depression:

Trapped Minds.org

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