What is depression?
Depression is when you feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless for days or weeks at a time and it keeps you from living your life to the fullest.
What are some common symptoms?
Feeling sad or empty
Losing interest in activities that you used to find enjoyable
Having a decrease or increase in appetite
Having trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
Feeling like you have no energy
Having difficulty thinking or concentrating on everyday activities
Having thoughts that life isn’t worth living
What are symptoms of depression commonly seen in children and adolescents?
Frequent complaints of boredom
Irritable and/or sad mood
Worsening school performance
Withdrawal from friends, activities, and/or hobbies
Failure to make expected weight gains
What are symptoms of depression commonly seen in older adults?
Neglecting personal care
Unexplained aches and pains
What are some different types of depression?
Major Depressive Episode
This type of depression is characterized by experiencing depression symptoms more days than not during the same two weeks. Major Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (formerly known as Dysthymia)
With this type of depression, someone has experienced depression for at least two years (one year for children/adolescents) with little or no relief.
Seasonal Pattern (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder)
This type of recurrent depression is experienced in the fall or winter months.
Peripartum or Postpartum
Peripartum depression begins during pregnancy or within four weeks of delivery.
It is common for people to experience some depression symptoms due to significant events in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one, financial stress, or relationship stress.
Warning signs of suicide
Dangerous or self harming behavior, including reckless behavior and increased substance use
Changes in attitude or appearance
Making preparations, such as looking up ways to commit suicide
Giving away personal items
Talking about suicide in person or on social media
Talking about wanting to die or “just not be around anymore”
Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or in unbearable pain
Talking about feeling like they are a burden to others
How is depression treated at CARE?
Identifying common patterns of negative thinking and turn the into positive patterns
Learn how to reinforce wanted behaviors while eliminating unwanted behaviors
Learn skills on how to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with other
Additional resources for depression
Hotlines and Crisis Text Lines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Call **CRISIS (**274747)
Text MN to 741741
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: https://www.sprc.org/
Erika’s Lighthouse (Teen depression): https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/
Families for Depression Awareness: http://familyaware.org/
CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers:
- – Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- – PreferredOne
- – Health Partners
- – Medical Assistance
- – UCare
- – Cigna
- – Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.
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