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Depression is a persistent deep sadness that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical health. If you feel depressed, you may begin to feel numb to any emotion. Depression can interfere with your ability to study, eat, sleep, and have fun. You may also feel helpless, hopeless, worthless, and/or a heavy overwhelming sadness.


People with depression tend to experience the following:

  • Physical: changes in appearance/hygiene, changes in sleep patterns, change in appetite, low energy, stomach or headaches, difficulty concentrating

  • Emotional: sad all the time, frustrated, irritable, anger outbursts, anxious, easily upset, hopeless, helpless, worthless, despair

  • Thoughts: loss of interest in hobbies, “nothing matters”, “I’m always misunderstood”, low self-esteem, self-blame or criticism, thoughts of harming yourself or others

  • Behaviors: unusual reactions to little things, changes in mood/personality, pulling away from people/isolating yourself, a decline in school performance, extremely sensitive to failure, rejection, or criticism


If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, reach out to a friend, trusted adult, or the THS therapist for support.

You can also read more about resources and how to help someone with self-injury.


Things to try to manage or reduce symptoms:​

Come up with a list of things that you can do for a quick mood boost. The more “tools” for coping with depression you have, the better. Try and implement a few of these ideas each day, even if you’re feeling good.

  • Get plenty of sunlight

  • Get enough sleep

  • Get plenty of exercise

  • Seek help

  • Do the things you love

  • Challenge negative thoughts

  • Spend time in nature

  • Cultivate relationships

  • Set a routine

  • Read a good book

  • Set goals

  • Watch a funny movie or TV show

  • Try something new

  • List what you like about yourself

  • Take a hot bath

  • Eat a healthy meal/snack

  • Accomplish a few small tasks

  • Play with a pet

  • Do something kind for someone else

  • Listen to music

  • Text/call a friend

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