Some people think depression is a very strong feeling of sadness. But there is a difference between sadness and depression.Sadness
Everyone is sad some of the time. It is a normal reaction to painful events. Normal sadness should end when a person comes to terms with the troubles that caused him or her to feel sad.
If you have had strong feelings of sadness for a very long time, you might want to see if your sadness is linked to depression. It is most likely that you do NOT have depression if your sadness is caused by:
Allow yourself the right to be sad. When painful events happen, being sad and crying can give you relief. Denying your feelings can be bad for you if those feelings build up and do long-term damage.Depression
You may be suffering from depression if you have some or all the following symptoms, nearly every day:
Depression is a serious illness. It needs serious treatment.Suicide
If you are thinking about hurting yourself or others, call the Tennessee Crisis Hotline at 1-855-CRISIS-1 (1-855-274-7471). It's a free call. You can call 24/7.For Parents, Caregivers, Friends and Family – Can you tell if someone is thinking about suicide?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among children and adolescents. This is a big problem.
It can be hard to tell if a teen or adolescent is planning to kill themselves.
Warning signs of suicide can include:
An adolescent or teen may be more likely to kill themselves if they have:
Take all threats of suicide seriously. Get expert help for the person in trouble help right away. You can call 911. Or call the Tennessee Crisis Hotline at 1-855-CRISIS-1 (1-855-274-7471).
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