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Mental Health America has developed a 3 Minute online Test called M3 for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Your M3 score is a number that will help you and your doctor understand if you have a treatable mood disorder, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post traumatic stress disorder. You can even monitor your score to see how your mental health is changing over time.
What's my M3? Knowing can help you take control of your mental health, and you can discover yours in about three minutes with our free, confidential test.
You might feel "blue" occasionally, or feel “down” for a while after something bad happens. With major depression however, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and irritability may last for weeks or months and can eventually dominate your life. You might lose interest in activities you used to enjoy and your relationships with family and friends may begin to suffer.
Depression can affect you in many ways. It can affect your school attendance and performance. It can lead to running away, or feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.
PHQ-9 is a user-friendly depression screening questionnaires and can help you to learn the symptoms of depression, and to decide whether to seek out a mental health professional, or encourage someone to do so.
To download the Questionnaire, please click on the following link:
Depression is not a sign of weakness—it is a real medical illness. People with depression can be helped with treatment, which typically includes counseling and/or medication. Unfortunately, most teens with mental health problems do not get the help they need. And when depression isn't treated, it can get worse, last longer, and prevent teens from getting the most out of life. So, it is important to get help immediately if you think you or a friend may be suffering from depression.
Clinical depression is a serious illness that can affect anybody, including teenagers. It can affect your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and overall health.
Most people who are depressed do not kill themselves. But depression increases the risk for suicide or suicide attempts. One might try to make the pain of depression go away by drinking or taking drugs, which only makes the depression worse. Finally one may contemplate suicide.
It is not true that people who talk about suicide do not attempt it. Suicidal thoughts, remarks, or attempts are ALWAYS SERIOUS... if anyof these happen to you or a friend, you must tell a responsible adult IMMEDIATELY - it's better to be safe than sorry.
So, listen up:
Here's how to tell if you or a friend might be depressed. First, there are two kinds of depressive illness: the sad kind, called major depression, and manic-depression or bipolar disorder, when feeling down and depressed alternates with being speeded-up and sometimes reckless.
Let's get serious here
Having depression doesn't mean that a person is weak, a failure, or isn't really trying – it means they need treatment..
Most people with depression can be helped with psychotherapy, medicine, or both together. Short-term Psychotherapy means talking about feelings with a trained professional who can help you change the relationships, thoughts, or behaviors that contribute to depression.
Medication has been developed that effectively treats depression that is severe or disabling. Antidepressant medications are not "uppers" and are not addictive. Sometimes, several types may have to be tried before you and your doctor find the one that works best. Treatment can help most depressed people start to feel better in just a few weeks.
Approximately 4 percent of adolescents get seriously depressed each year.
So remember, when your problems seem too big and you're feeling low for too long, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There's help out there and you can ask for help.
When You're Depressed...
These are all signs that something is wrong and that help is needed.
In order to develop the optimal treatment for a depressed youth, it is important to look at three areas as part of the biopsychosocial approach to understanding what contributed to the depression.
Depression is a medical illness whose ultimate cause is a biochemical imbalance in which the brain’s neurotransmitter systems (e.g., serotonin and its receptor system) function less effectively. This generally results from a combination of environmental stressors affecting thoseyouth who have a genetic predisposition to depression. The youth’s thinking errors further contribute to the depression.
Many of the serious behavioral and physical problems that our youth experience can be the result of depression. Often times youth will not tell an adult that they are depressed, although they may express their depression indirectly. If you see one or more of the following signs, youth should receive a thorough mental health evaluation:
Depression affects children starting the youth also experiences problems at home, in school, with peers or on the job and experiences at least five of the following symptoms nearly every day:
Note that most youth will experience at least one or two of these symptoms at various times. However, when several of these symptoms occur at the same time for two weeks or longer, the medical illness called clinical depression is likely affecting the youth. The youth should receive a formal evaluation for depression, which should then be treated once identified.
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