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What is Depression?
Depression is a feeling that nothing matters that is so strong it interferes with one’s ability to function in the world. School? Work? Social life? Depression can make getting out of bed every morning like climbing Mt. Everest. The good news is you do not have to climb the mountain alone. Asking for help could help you unlock the tools to make the climb easier. No sweat—you’ve got this. 

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Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn't quick or easy, it's far from impossible. You can't just will yourself to "snap out of it," but you do have more control than you realize - even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day. Be patient with yourself and celebrate each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they'll quickly add up. If you continue to take positive steps day by day, you'll soon find yourself feeling better.

5 tips for dealing with depression
Stay connected
Get moving
3.    Do things that make you feel good
Eat a healthy, mood-boosting diet
5.    Challenge negative thinking

When you're depressed, the tendency is to withdraw and isolate. Even reaching out to close family members and friends can be tough. Compound that with the feelings of shame and the guilt you may feel at neglecting your relationships. But social support is absolutely essential to depression recovery. Staying connected to other people and the outside world will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook. And if you don't feel that you have anyone to turn to, it's never too late to build new friendships and improve your support network.

Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for.

The person you talk to doesn't have to be able to "fix" you, he or she just needs to be a good listener - someone who'll listen attentively and compassionately, without being distracted or judging you.

Make face-time a priority.
Phone calls, social media, and texting are great ways to stay in touch, but they don't replace good old-fashioned in-person quality time. The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away.

Try to keep up with social activities, even if you don't feel like it.
Often when you're depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

Find ways to support others. It's nice to receive support, but research shows you get an even bigger mood boost from providing support yourself. So find ways' both big and small, to help others: volunteer, be a listening ear for a friend, do something nice for somebody.

Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts
Many people, at some time in their life, think about suicide. Most decide to live because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.

The best way to prevent suicide is to be aware of some of the common warning signs. Be aware of the first indications of trouble. Be aware of the first signs of trouble and start thinking about getting help.

Here are some signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Giving away personal valuable items

If you are experiencing some of the warning signs listed above:

  • Contact your doctor
  • Go see your minister
  • Go to your school counselor
  • Call a suicide prevention hotline


No matter what problems your friend or family member is dealing with, Lifeline wants to help them find a reason to keep living. By calling (800) 273-8255 you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.  If you think that they are in a crisis, please call the Lifeline. They will be able to help you get information about substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

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