Thursday, March 20, 2008

What stress you out?

-Negative thoughts and feelings
-Broken relationships
-Problems at home
-Changing schools
-Chronic illness
-Lack of money
-Traumatic memories

Just one of the above is enough to cause stress, but you may find that you're having to deal with more than one of them at a time. When this happens stress can turn into depression. Sometimes the progression is so gradual we don't even realize it. What are some signs of depression?

-Sadness that won't go away
-Irritability over even small things
-Feelings of hopelessness
-Lack of enthusiasm or motivation
-Anger, rage, anxiety
-Sudden decline in grades
-Thoughts of death or suicide

You are not alone. Feelings of depression are far too common. Reach out and talk to friends, parents, or teachers whom you trust. Avoid hanging out with those who use drugs and alcohol to cope with difficult situations. Above all, do not do anything that can cause permanent damage or death. Remember- "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

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