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  1. 1. Depression By: Kyle Ledesma
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Depression is a mental disorder characterized by low mood, self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Major depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person’s life, health, and habits. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Facts <ul><li>In the United States, around 3.4% who have major depression commit suicide. </li></ul><ul><li>2/3 of people suffering from depression do not seek treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of people who have received treatment significantly improve their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Women are two times more likely to experience depression then men. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Facts Cont. <ul><li>Suicide was the 9 th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>It’s estimated that depression will be the #2 cause of “lost years of healthy life” by 2020. </li></ul><ul><li>About 17.5 million Americans are affected by some form of depression. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Acquisition <ul><li>Depression is often caused after an intense incident, such as a death of a loved one, stress, violence, divorce, or being fired from a job. </li></ul><ul><li>Other times, depression can just befall an unlucky individual. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reaction <ul><li>People, often teenagers, react to depression by doing alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. They tend to focus less on school and their grades suffer. </li></ul><ul><li>People try to escape reality and turn to alcohol. </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts of suicide are common, but actually committing suicide is rare. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Effects <ul><li>Depression tends to lower someone’s energy. Even after resting, they often feel tired and unwilling to do anything. They acquire a sense of hopelessness, and no longer give a full effort on tasks. Depressed people are afraid to seek treatment for fear of ridicule. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Treatment <ul><li>Over the years, there has been medicine created to alleviate and cure depression. This includes tranquilizers, sleeping tablets, and anti-depressants. However, there are more natural forms of curing depression. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Treatment Cont. <ul><li>The more natural ways are: exercise, social support, talking about it with a fellow peer, doing nice things for yourself, going on a diet, learning to relax or meditate. </li></ul><ul><li>Often times, a depressed person bottles up their pain. Releasing it, whether it be by meditating or talking to someone about it, can help calm their feelings. </li></ul>