Educator Resources for Depression

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Everyone feels sad once in a while. But what if those feelings don't go away? It could be a sign of depression, a mood disorder that affects millions of people around the world. Depression changes patterns of activity in the brain, making it difficult for people to bounce back from feelings of sadness. It might sap your energy, make it hard to focus, or suck the joy out of things you normally love to do. It can affect every aspect of your life, from friendships to schoolwork to sleep. And it can be especially difficult to spot in children, since the symptoms might not even include sadness! They can include mood swings or angry outbursts, which can feed into harmful stereotypes—like that depression makes people weird or dangerous. People suffering from depression often feel isolated, and too ashamed to ask for help. They might think about hurting themselves, or even suicide. But remember: Like any other disease, depression can be treated. If you recognize signs of depression in yourself, tell an adult you trust. Same goes if someone you know is talking about hurting themselves. With the right treatment, and support from friends and family, people with depression can experience relief. Click "play" to learn more.