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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Are You Depressed?

 It is Mental Health Week, as you will know from my last post. Mental Health Week celebrates the importance of good mental awareness, and raises awareness for those who suffer from mental illnesses.
One of the biggest problems in our peer-pressure run world today is depression. There is normal depression, which almost everyone suffers from every now and again, and there is clinical depression. Normal depression, which I find can usually be cured with a bite of chocolate, is not generally very serious, but clinical depression is very serious.
The following definitions were found at http://dictionary.reference.com
What is depression?
A condition of general emotional dejection andwithdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than thatwarranted by any objective reason.
What is clinical depression?
A depression so severe as to be considered abnormal,either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected.
Depression is serious. It provokes an unhappy attitude towards life, and that in turn could cause suicide.
It could be your mother or father next. Or your brother or sister.
It could be your best friend.
Or it could be you.
Save time, stress, and lives: click the following link to complete a free, quick, anonymous test and find out if you could suffer from clinical depression.
If your answers show that you could be suffering from depression, confide in a trusted adult.
As hard as this could be, it could save your life.
Be brave, take control of your life and confide in a parent, aunty, uncle, grandparent, friend or councillor.
They are there to help you. And, remember, it could save your life.
NOTE: The attached depression test does not take the place of an appointment with a therapist, councillor or doctor.
For more information about depression, visit www.beyondblue.org.au/

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