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-
such as Prozac, Trazadone Hydrochloride and others
help by restoring the balance of chemicals. Anti-depressants
are most often prescibed in the form of pills, but you can get
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
Here are some links of sites with depression information.
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