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Depression

Depression is a serious illness. Most people think that it’s the same as being sad, but it’s really not. Being sad is a temporary feeling and it doesn’t last long, while being depressed is being down and losing interest in everything for a long period of time. It may feel like no one cares, but there are many people that care about you. Stay connected to your friends and family when you feel that way. There are a couple ways to help control depression and one of them is relieving stress. Stress can be a cause of depression as well.

Ways to relieve stress

  • Find a creative escape

          — Drawing or painting

          — Writing, let out your emotions on paper

          — Listen to music, listen to your thoughts

  • Focus on the positive

          — Humor is a good way to release all the negativity

  • Talk to people that you trust about your problems

          — Friends

          — Brother(s)/Sister(s)

          — Parents

          — Teachers

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

 

Depression Hotline: National Hopeline Network 800-442-4673

Suicide Hotline: National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

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Anxiety Disorders

There are 6 common types of anxiety disorders and each one is very different.

 

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Excessive worrying about everyday life events without an obvious reason. This includes worrying about health, family, and school. It seems to affect the way that we interact with others and it interferes with daily functioning such as school, social activities, and relationships. Worrying isn’t going to help, it’s hard not to worry about things and events, but it doesn’t help with anything.

>Try going out for long walks. Focus your mind on the positive sides of nature and let the breeze hit your face, clear your worried mind. It really does help to get some fresh air because if you stay inside you house, your room, etc., you’re just going to keep worrying and thinking about the negative sides of things.

> Don’t forget that you are safe and that everyone around you is safe. Don’t worry about the things that haven’t happened yet. Repeat this phrase in your head: “Right now, in this moment, I am safe!”

 

Panic Disorders/Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia: Sudden attacks of fear and panic. Panic attacks are triggered mostly by fear-producing events or thoughts/overthinking. Symptoms of panic attacks include rapid heartbeat, Strange sensations in your chest, tingling in hands and feet, shortness of breath, dizziness, and anxiousness. This results in hyperventilation and withdrawal. 

Agoraphobia is different though. It’s an extreme or irrational fear of being in crowded places/enclosed public spaces. It may feel like you are trapped and can’t do anything, but there are many ways to get rid of that fear. Agoraphobia is mostly caused by anxiety and panic attacks.

>Look around you. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. This is a method that is often used when having a panic attack. It helps you when it feels like you’ve lost all control of your surroundings.

>Practice the grounding method (the one above) several times to help with your agoraphobia. Once you have mastered those skills and have practiced several times, then try it out in the most challenging circumstances for you.

Go out for a walk. It helps out when it feels like you’ve lost all your surroundings. Take a look at the things around you and clear your mind.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Panic Attack/Anxiety Hotline: 1-866-984-9019

 

 

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