It’s normal to be down or depressed at times. But clinical depression is a medical condition. Do you experience a sudden change in mood or behavior? Do you catch yourself lashing out or getting confrontational for no particular reason? Maybe you are isolating, withdrawing from friends or family. Are your friends or family removing themselves from you because of your attitude or behavior? Is getting out of bed becoming a problem, or maybe not getting enough sleep? Do things you enjoy seem less attractive than they did before? Is eating becoming a problem, eating very little or overeating? Are your grades falling at school, or is work becoming an issue with attendance and performance? You might also be engaging in high-risk activities and self-destructing behaviors. Possibly harming yourself, like cutting, burning, or substance abuse. Do you have overwhelming feelings of worthlessness or guilt? Do you feel as suicide could be an option, that there is no reason for you to live on anymore?All of these are signs of clinical depression. Ranging from low, moderate to severe. If you are feeling any of these, it might be a good idea to seek medical attention. Talk with your doctor or therapist. They can work on the proper treatment for you and guide you in the right direction. Too many people don’t talk about their depression, and what could be a mild case of depression turns into a severe case and sometimes very quickly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. It’s ok to ask for help. You may not have clinical depression. Many people experience non-clinical depression from time to time. This is normal. There are many ways to overcome this, here are just a few tips to help you. Eating healthy with good sleep patterns and exercising regularly will boost your body’s energy and help diminish negative thinking. Trying to reduce triggering situations and create a plan of action when a stressful situation occurs is a significant help. Confiding in someone you trust and Keeping a contact list of people you can call can help tremendously with working through an episode of non-clinical depression. Listening to uplifting music or read a positive book and watching an inspiring movie will help change your outlook on life and mood. Write in a journal about your positive thoughts and positive people in your life and experiences you enjoyed. Try to get out and volunteer or go to an event, surrounding yourself with good influential people. As I said, there are many more things you can do. If you have any questions on depression or just need to talk, get ahold of me, you can message, call, or send an email to ( I hope this helped someone out there and remember you {R} not alone



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