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Childhood Depression and What You Need To Know About It

Depression knows no age. Like many health problems, it can affect anyone, at any age group.

The number of children who struggle with depression has increased over time. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 3% of children ages 6 to 12 may develop serious depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children affecting 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million). (more…)

April 25th, 2019

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How Is Sleep Related To Depression?

Does depression impact the quality of sleep or is it the other way around? Getting a good night’s sleep allows us to have a well-rested mind and body. Along with proper diet and exercise, sleep is critically important for the overall health and well-being of every individual. (more…)

April 2nd, 2019

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The Most Important Depression Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

Depression is a medical illness that can occur to anyone. It is not something that can be willed away. Patients with depression need treatment and support. (more…)

January 3rd, 2019

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Depression and Obesity: How Are They Related?

Depression can be associated with overeating, poor choices of food and inactive lifestyle which all cause weight gain. In time, this weight gain leads to obesity, which is one of the causes of depression. Unknowingly, this has become a cycle—an alarming one. (more…)

November 19th, 2018

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What to Avoid Saying to People Who Show Signs of Depression

People who are depressed may often feel alone and frustrated. We won’t know exactly
what they are going through. So, if there’s someone close to you who seems to be
combatting depression, you should always be mindful of the things to say around them. (more…)

November 5th, 2018

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What Can You Do to Support Your Children’s Mental Health?

Being a parent can be quite tough of a job. There are no manuals in store teaching how
to become perfect parents but there are some things you can do in order to protect and
nurture your children the best way you can. (more…)

October 29th, 2018

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Identifying Depression: The Different Faces of Depression

Depression is a common and serious medical illness negatively affecting how a person
feels, thinks and act. Depression is not something we could take lightly. Those who
combat depression have to get all the help that they need. The symptoms may vary
because depression can take many forms. (more…)

October 18th, 2018

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The Things You Can Do to Support Someone with Depression

Depression is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious but treatable
disorder that affects so many people. Those who suffer from it know very well how
extremely exhausting and painful it is. (more…)

September 10th, 2018

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Teen Depression Facts

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August 31st, 2016

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The Minefield Of Depression Part Two

*** This article is a continuation of the Minefield of Depression One.

  • Self-injury. In a strange twist, some people coping with depression use self-injury.

While often not intentional, self-injury (such as cutting or burning) can lead to serious, or even life threatening injuries, as well as accidental deaths

  • Reckless behavior. Often, when feelings of hopelessness and anger are present, a person’s own safety become secondary.

Reckless behavior can take many forms, from the obvious behaviors that are both reckless and endangering, to simply allowing themselves and their surroundings to deteriorate to a point of unsafe and unsanitary conditions.  In either situation, depression causes an individual to became a danger to both themselves and others.

  • Poor school performance. Left untreated, depression can make it difficult to focus and follow through on education

Poor school performance is a more specific symptom of depression, most often occurring in children and teens.  Often, even getting out of bed to attend school requires what may seem an overwhelming effort.  Focus on studies, participation in school activities, and following through on homework and studying.  Early intervention can help avoid patterns of negative behavior from settling in more permanently.

  • Relationship problems. It’s never right to hurt the ones you love.

One of the more noticeable causalties of depression is often one’s relationships.  This can take the form of lashing out at loved ones for no particular reason, a lack of desire to go to social events with your loved ones, and even a refusal to leave the home at all.  Depression, left unchecked, can leave its victim feeling emotionally, mentally, and even physically drained.  This can lead to one becoming distant and isolated from family and loved ones.

  • Health concerns. Depression can create an unhealthy cycle that can directly affect your physical health as well.

Depression can, and will, affect your ability to get enough sleep, to remain awake for reasonable amounts of time, a lack of desire to eat (or alternatively to eat too much), and a lack of motivation to exercise properly.  When these conditions happen, one’s body can become more prone to illnesses such as the flu or diabetes.  Improper sleep schedules can also lead to heart disease as well.

Remember, depression is a treatable condition that can completely turn your life around.  By getting the right treatment, you are being strong not only for yourself, but for your loved ones as well.  If you think you may be affected by depression, please find qualified treatment right away.

 

May 21st, 2015

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