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Some Information on Depression
and Some Useful Hotline Numbers for Various Crises and Problems
Last updated: 7 May, 2010.
Disclaimer: I am not a health-care professional. The information contained here is neither intended nor implied to to be a substitute for professional medical advice. This guide is for informational purposes only, and is in no way meant to take the place of a visit to and advice from a health-care professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment, or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in this service is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment.
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I suffer from depression, and I have noticed that quite a few of those whom I've talked to also suffer from this illness. I've put up this page so that you who may suffer from it, or know someone that does, can be better able to identify it and seek treatment. You don't have to feel like you do, -- and you don't have to bear it alone. If you feel that the criteria below fits you, then I urge you to seek help.
I realize that with depression being classified as a "mental illness", it carries a stigma attached to it by the ignorant people in our society. But you should not let ignorant people stand in your way of getting better! It takes guts to say, "I need help", but YOU have to be the one to take that first step; I can only provide some resources to direct you along your path to recovery.
Being "depressed" does not mean being "insane" or "crazy". Being depressed does not mean that someone who suffers from it is lazy or weak or at fault for their illness. Being depressed is different from being "down in the dumps" or "blue".
In many areas, there are local or community resources that you can get hooked up with that will help you out if you have a limited income, so do not let financial concerns stand in your way. You will need to inquire about what resources are available when you go in to talk with a doctor. Help is there; all you gotta do is ask for it.
I also have some useful resources at the bottom of the page for some various other things that people may be dealing with.
The core symptoms of depression are:
Though depression is an illness that can be successfully treated in more than 8 out of 10 people, over half those suffering from depression do not get proper treatment.
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not a character flaw or a sign of weakness; neither is it the same as feeling glum or blue. People, not understanding that depression is an illness, often say to a depressed person, "Snap out of it" or "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps", when it is not something that they can "snap out of." The depressed person is not to blame for his or her illness!
The main types of depression:
This disorder is characterized by a mood disturbance lasting more than 2 weeks. Symptoms include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief and loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy. In general, its the severity and duration of symptoms that distinguish major depression.
Feelings of sadness, emptiness and/or irritability
Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more continuous form of depression. It lasts for at least 2 years and often more than 5 years. Symptoms usually arent disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. People with dysthymia have increased risk for major depression.
This disorder is characterized by an overwhelming yet chronic state of depression, exhibited by a depressed mood for most of the days, for more days than not, for at least 2 years. (In children and adolescents, mood can be irritable and duration must be at least 1 year.) The person who suffers from this disorder must not have gone for more than 2 months without experiencing two or more of the following symptoms:
poor appetite or overeating
Some people with depression have recurrent cycles of depression and elation (mania). Because the condition involves emotions at both extremes, or poles, its called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgement and can cause problems, such as spending money recklessly or making unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase.
For many, the manic symptoms include:
Feelings of euphoria, extreme optimism, and inflated self-esteem
Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, or hopelessness
Seasonal affective disorder
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of major depression related to changes in seasons. "Affective" means "emotional," and some of the primary effects of SAD relate to feelings. Yet SAD affects behavior as well.
The common signs and symptoms of SAD include:
Many people with depression have symptoms of anxiety as well. Anxiety that develops after age 40 is often related to depression rather than being an independent problem. Exaggerated worry, called an anxiety disorder, often goes hand-in-hand with depression. With an anxiety disorder, you may feel apprehension, nervousness and a nagging uneasiness about your future. In some people, anxiety disorders mimic a heart attack, with symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and palpitations, sweating and dizziness. Other symptoms include headaches, insomnia and relentless fatigue.
More info and some resources:
Depression Alliance Website -- in the UK
The National Mental Health Association Information Center
Other helpful hotlines and resources:
Well, I started out to find a few numbers for depression, suicide, etc,, and I keep finding so many useful hotlines...
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline: # 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends): # 1-800-DONT-CUT (1-800-366-8288)
National Domestic Violence Hotine(NDV Hotline): # 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) & 1-800-787-3224 (TDD for the hearing impaired)
The NDV Hotline is sponsored by Texas Council on Family Violence and refers women anywhere in the U.S. who have been abused to local temporary shelters and legal services.
KID SAVE: Referrals to shelters, mental health services, sexual abuse treatment, substance abuse, family counseling, residential care, adoption/foster care, etc. # 1-800-543-7283
National Runaway Switchboard: Lists of shelters, counseling; food pantries; transportation. Suicide & crisis counseling. Message relay from kids to parents or from parents to kids, 3-way calls arranged. # 1-800-621-4000
National Child Abuse Hotline: # 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
Support Network for Spanish-Speaking Battered Women: # 1-800-57-BASTA (1-800-572-2782)
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Crisis Intervention: Having a Crisis? -- Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. is a United Way Agency dedicated to helping people in crisis through telephone crisis counseling, referrals, intervention, postvention and education. It's local to Houston, TX, but it has excellent information on what to do in various situations.
SuicideHotlines.com -- When You Feel You Can't Go On... Call a Suicide Hotline. Direction for immediate crisis intervention for the gravely suicidal & treatment for major clinical suicidal depression.
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