Knowing Depression


Depression is NOT a weakness.
Depression is NOT something to be ashamed of.
Depression is NOT feeling low for a couple of days or a passing blue mood.
Depression is NOT a condition that you can “snap out of” or “will away.”
Depression is NOT something to keep secret.

Depression can be described as a prolonged unexplained sadness that affects everyday life.
Beyond the normal ups and downs of life, individuals who are depressed often feel trapped beneath emotions of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness for an extended period of time. No matter how impossible it may seem to overcome,
there is hope for depression.

1. Feelings of overwhelming sadness, hopelessness or anger
2. Low self-esteem or feeling worthless
3. Crying a lot for no specific reason
4. Gaining or losing weight without trying to
5. Unable to concentrate or inability to make decisions
6. Forgetting things
7. Avoiding enjoyable activities or hobbies
8. Feeling mentally and physically tired
9. Frequent, unexplained headaches, or other physical problems.
10. Thoughts of death or suicide, thinking thoughts like, “More people will love me if I’m dead” or “Everyone is better off with me out of the picture”.


Physical causes of depression include hormonal imbalance, medication/drugs, chronic illness, melancholy temperament, improper food, insufficient rest or exercise, and genetic vulnerability.

Emotional causes of depression are internalized stress, often related to family issues or other sources of stress such as problems with school, work, relationships, or a personal crisis. Suppressed fear, such as the fear of being alone, or repressed anger like the loss of a loved one, are all forms of emotional causes of depression.

Genetics can increase a person’s likelihood of depression. People with a family history of depression are often more likely to suffer from depression.

Major Depressive Disorder – You can have a single bout of depression or recurring episodes.

Persistent Depressive Disorder – When depression lasts two or more years.

Bipolar Disorder – Involves cycles of depression alternating with extreme highs or manias.

Seasonal Afective Disorder – Your mood is afected by sunlight. You are more likely to be depressed during the winter.

Postpartum Depression – caused by hormonal changes following childbirth, lack of sleep and everything that goes along with taking care of a new baby.

Psychotic Depression – When major depression or bipolar disorders are accompanied by hallucinations, delusions or paranoia.

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