People with depression tend to experience the following:
- Physical: changes in appearance/hygiene, changes in sleep patterns, change in appetite, low energy, stomach or headaches, difficulty concentrating
- Emotional: sad all the time, frustrated, irritable, anger outbursts, anxious, easily upset, hopeless, helpless, worthless, despair
- Thoughts: loss of interest in hobbies, “nothing matters”, “I’m always misunderstood”, low self-esteem, self-blame or criticism, thoughts of harming yourself or others
- Behaviors: unusual reactions to little things, changes in mood/personality, pulling away from people/isolating yourself, a decline in school performance, extremely sensitive to failure, rejection, or criticism
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, reach out to a friend, trusted adult, or NormanAid counselor for support.
Learn how to support someone or get help with feelings of sadness or depression
- Get plenty of sunlight.
- Get enough sleep.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Seek help.
- Do the things you love.
- Cultivate relationships.
- Set a routine.
- Set goals.
- Challenge negative thoughts.
- Try something new.