Depression is a disease that affects the way you feel, think, and act. It causes symptoms such as low energy, loss of interest in daily activities, and sadness or grouchiness that goes on for a long time. You may sleep a lot or move or speak more slowly than usual. Teens with severe depression may see or hear things that aren't there (hallucinations) or believe things that aren't true (delusions).
Don't feel embarrassed or ashamed about depression. Depression is caused by changes in the natural chemicals in your brain. Depression is not a character flaw, and it does not mean that you are a bad or weak person. It does not mean that you are going crazy.
You can get over depression. You don't have to feel bad. Medicines, counselling, and self-care can all help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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