Depression is a persistent deep sadness that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical health. If you feel depressed, you may begin to feel numb to any emotion. Depression can interfere with your ability to study, eat, sleep, and have fun. You may also feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless.


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.


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Take Action

  • 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.