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Do You Really Know What Depression Looks Like?

How can I help you? Are you okay? If you're in a sound mental space, reach out to someone that may be struggling to make it through to the next day, hour, or even minute. How can I help you? Mean it when you say it, then be prepared to take action. Most important for you to know is that it is understandable for you to not be okay. Life and relationships are complicated, as are the heart-mood emotional relationships we experience stemming from these connections. There are times when you will find yourself very much at peace with the highs and lows encountered on a daily basis. Suddenly, or perhaps, even gradually, all is not as peaceful as it once had been. When did those feelings begin to shift? Noticing the signs and symptoms of depression is an essential part of finding appropriate mental health support. If you observe symptoms within family members, friends, coworkers, or most importantly, yourself, lasting for a period of two weeks or more or you are feeling unsafe at any time, seek professional help immediately. Do you really know what depression looks like? Share this message to help save a life.

Do You Really Know What Depression Looks Like?

"Everything you say and do has an impact on those around you. Because of you, people can feel empowered and loved, but also insecure and hurt. Even the smallest words and actions, whether online or in person, can have a big effect. Before you say or do something, think about how you might make others feel."  -BecauseOfYou.org
Beyond any doubt, I'm empathetic by nature. In other words, I'm able to sincerely relate to the emotions others are experiencing, by being able to put myself into someone else's position. Being extremely sensitive to emotions of other people has advantages and disadvantages. For me to know that there's a person in need of support of any type, I must act. When you are okay, I feel okay. Not everyone has the same emotional connection to others, sometimes we need a reminder to check in with family and friends. 

"Because of You is a movement that encourages teens to reflect on the power of their words and actions and consider how they are affecting others."

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Depression?

-Intense Feelings of Sadness or Hopelessness 
-Little or No Interest in Doing Previously Enjoyed Activities
-Mood Swings
-Overwhelming Exhaustion or Loss of Energy
-Significant Weight Loss or Gain
-Negative Self Image
-Lack of Focus/Concentration 
-Thoughts of Dying
-Thoughts of Self-Harm
-Feeling Overwhelmed in a Situation
-Concern About Being a Burden to Others
-Feelings of Excessive Guilt or Shame
-Increased Alcohol or Drug Use
-Withdrawal from Family and Friends
-Change in Personality

It's quite common for people experiencing depression to also experience anxiety being that the symptoms have the tendency to overlap.

Where Can You Find Help?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, CALL 911

If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying and need immediate help, there are people you can talk to and resources that can help-
Text - Crisis Text Line - 741741

If you or someone you know is considering suicide- 
Text - Crisis Text Line - 741741
Call - Suicide + Crisis Lifeline - 988
Call - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255)

Share this message to help save a life.

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