WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE?

WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE?

Adolescent and Young adulthood present many opportunities –for meeting new people, visiting new places and finding direction in life. These years can also be a time of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed rather than excited by these challenges, read on…

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for at least two weeks.

• In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

• Much can be done to prevent and treat depression.

REMEMBER…

There is a lot that you can do to keep mentally strong. If you feel that you may be heading for depression, talk to someone you trust or seek professional help.

• Talk to someone you trust about your feelings.
• Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
• Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
• Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.
• Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
• Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs, they can worsen depression.
• Continue doing things you have always enjoyed, even when you don’t feel like it.
• Be aware of persistent negative thoughts and self- criticism and try to replace them with positive thoughts. Congratulate yourself on your achievements.

Promoting and Restoring Emotional Wellness

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